AIM GinkgoSense™ in Australia
This product combines Ginkgo biloba with the essential fatty acid DHA, bilberry fruit and the carotenoid lutein to provide overall support for your neuro health. It specifically targets mental acuity, vision and circulation.
Pregnant and nursing women and children should not take AIM GinkgoSense TM. Those taking anti-clotting medication, such as Warfarin, or using aspirin for this purpose should consult a health practitioner.
AIM GinkgoSense TM 30 vegetarian capsules
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an essential fatty acid (EFA). EFAs are called “essential” because very little can be synthesized by the body – we must obtain them from our diet. DHA is one of the omega-3 fatty acids, whose perhaps best-known source is fish oil. EFAs are necessary for good health, and DHA is well-known as one of the keys to a healthy nervous system. DHA is the building block of human brain tissue – 60% of the brain is fat, and DHA is the most abundant fat in the brain. Without DHA and fatty acids, communication within the nervous system can break down or become less effective.
DHA supplementation may be especially important as we grow older. The body’s ability to synthesize DHA, which is limited in all people, may decline even further with age. This is compounded by the small amounts of DHA we get in our diet, especially those who strive for a vegetarian diet – the richest sources of DHA are red meats, animal organs and eggs.
Lutein is a carotenoid and antioxidant, and is found in green leafy vegetables. It is the only carotenoid found in the eyes – in the macular (the part of the retina responsible for detailed vision). Recent studies have found that diets rich in lutein may play a role in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts – two problems that are usually a result of the ageing process.
Ginkgo biloba is a herb with a 5,000-year history in Chinese medicine. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) has been studied since the 1950’s, and shows positive results for what is known as “cerebral insufficiency”: a collection of symptoms that include difficulties in concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of energy, tiredness, decreased physical performance, depressive mood, anxiety, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache. Ginkgo increases blood flow to the extremities and the brain, so the brain gets more oxygen and glucose, explaining why there is significant improvement in patients with some form of dementia.
Recently, GBE is showing promise with intermittent claudication, a cramp-like pain in the calf on walking, which usually disappears on resting. It is caused by narrowed arteries in the legs, usually from plaque build-up that reduces the blood supply to the muscles.
In addition to DHA, bilberry is good support for a healthy nervous system. Bilberry contains bioflavonoids, which help remove harmful chemicals from the retina, and phytochemicals, which help stabilize the capillary walls and maintain the integrity of the retina.
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