Ginkgo for Eye Health

If you live, or grew up in, a city in the United States, you’re probably familiar with the Ginkgo Biloba tree. These hardy trees are often planted in urban areas because they have the ability to resist pests, disease and pollution. And each fall, the trees drop seeds that can stink up the entire street.


The stench from the tree’s seeds has been described as smelling like vomit. For this reason, many have called the tree “Ginkgo Stinko”.

Ginkgo biloba is the oldest living tree species. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet. It has short branches with fan-shaped leaves which turn bright red in the fall.

Fossils from more than 200 million years ago contain leaves that are very similar to modern Ginkgo, meaning these resilient trees survived the Ice Age. Some of the trees even withstood the atomic bomb blast that struck Hiroshima in 1945.

The plant has a long history of being used in traditional medicine. Chinese herbal medicine has used both the leaf and seed of the tree for thousands of years to address a wide variety of health issues, from depression to sexual dysfunction. It is believed that the botanical is an effective treatment due to its strong antioxidant properties, and its ability to open up blood vessels and make blood less sticky.

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Modern research on Ginkgo has focused on extracts made from the tree’s dried green leaves. Several studies have found that the herb can support brain health and mental function, and the botanical is a common ingredient in foods and beverages touted to boost memory and enhance cognitive performance.

But beyond the brain, the botanical has been shown to be particularly helpful at supporting circulatory health. And, that is why the nutrient is becoming popular in vision health formulas. You see, the eye requires more oxygen than any other organ except the brain. By revving up circulation and oxygen flow to the eyes, the botanical helps to protect your optic nerve and preserve your good vision.

Our Bi-Optium includes 80mg of a high potency Ginkgo extract to support the circulation and oxygen flow to your eyes and promote healthy vision. This extract is a unique form of the plant that’s many times more concentrated than the generic powdered versions you find in many health food stores and online retailers.