Ginkgo Biloba Complete Concentrate®

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$13.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 45 Days
Form 1 Capsule
Base Herb Raw Ginkgo biloba leaf
Potency 100 mg
Quantity of Extract 100 mg
Size 90
Standardized Constituent 10% flavone glycosides
Structure Function Reference Circulation/Brain

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Ginkgo Biloba Complete Concentrate®

Peripheral circulation. Used to increase blood flow to the brain and decrease dementia, depression, impotence, inner ear dysfunction, M.S. & retinopathies.

Directions:

Take 1 capsule 2 times daily.

Ingredients:

100 mg of Ginkgo biloba leaf extract (standardized to 10% Flavone glycosides) in an active base of 300 mg raw Ginkgo biloba leaf.  Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsules and water.

Additional Dietary Information:

Vitamin E, Brain Care Blend herbal combination; no aluminum cookware.

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Top Foods for Brain Health

Hanna was an advocate of our kitchen’s being the first line of defense in overall well-being and for treating illnesses. Keeping this in mind, we have looked to our cupboards and refrigerators to compile a list of foods to eat to keep your brain functioning in tip top shape. While research linking diet to prevention of mental decline is still in its infancy, there is no shortage of research on how some foods have a positive impact on brain function, health and memory. Check out the top foods for a healthy brain. 

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Hanna was an advocate of our kitchen’s being the first line of defense in overall well-being and for treating illnesses. Keeping this in mind, we have looked to our cupboards and refrigerators to compile a list of foods to eat to keep your brain functioning in tip top shape. While research linking diet to prevention of mental decline is still in its infancy, there is no shortage of research on how some foods have a positive impact on brain function, health and memory. Check out the top foods for a healthy brain. 

Sweet Almond

Almonds can help increase the level of high density lipoproteins/HDL and they reduce the level of low density lipoproteins/LDLs when added to your diet on a regular basis.

Nuts, Seeds, & Their Oils: From sunflower seeds to almonds to walnuts, there’s plenty of talk about the healthy oils from nuts and how they can improve brain health. Nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which keep arteries clear. Because proper flow of blood to the brain is important for brain health, promoting circulation through a healthy diet is one way to ensure you’re looking after your brain in a natural way.

One ounce a day (about 15 walnuts or 25 almonds) is a good goal and while nuts are a healthy snack, keep in mind that eating too many of them in a day can get your calorie count up! Hanna wrote, “Almonds are a good brain tonic. Almond oil, only 1 teaspoon daily, will improve your memory.” Looking for an added boost to improve circulation? You might want to check out Hanna’s master formula CircuFlow.

Colorful Fruits & Vegetables: Tomatoes contain lycopene, sweet potatoes are a powerful source of cartenoids, and spinach provides the body with lutein. Each of these, along with beets, berries, avocados, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables support brain health with their antioxidant content. Antioxidants attack free radicals, unstable molecules that create chemical reactions in the brain and attack healthy cells there and throughout the body. (Learn more about antioxidants and free radicals) By eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, you’re not only supporting healthy brain function but also helping to sweep the dangerous free radicals from your entire system.

Foods Rich in Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant on its own and can be found in plentiful supply in avocados, leafy greens, several nuts and oils, peppers, and papayas. Supplementation with Vitamin E is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting a proper daily dose for brain health as well as healthy skin. Because the foods that are richest in Vitamin E are often those containing the most fat (avocados, nuts, and oils) it is important to consider supplementation as a source for the recommended 15 mg per day of vitamin E for adults so that calorie intake doesn’t get out of control.

Fish: Omega 3s are a great way to support brain health and these essential fats are plentiful in fish. Try to incorporate baked or grilled organic wild-caught fish into your weekly dinner routine to get the artery clearing, brain boosting fats into your system.
 
Ginkgo Biloba Complete Concentrate
Maybe you’ve heard of the Mediterranean Diet by now but lost interest after the hype surrounding it died down. While there will be gimmicks that come and go, solid research backs up the theory that a classic diet rich in olive oil, legumes, fish, fruits, and leafy greens helps to protect against cardiovascular disease and improve brain health.
 
In 2012, researchers at Columbia University and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine published findings that adults who followed a Mediterranean diet had less damage to the brain’s small blood vessels. This finding is important as damage to these blood vessels are directly correlated to a slowdown in mental quickness, alertness, memory, and brain health in general. These findings from 2012 go hand-in-hand with prior research linking the diet with slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While the focus of the Mediterranean diet at first glance seems to be on the heart, there’s a close connection to brain and heart health with many researchers encouraging the public to consider that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain.
 
Choosing good health through what you put on your dinner plate is beneficial to not only your waistline but also the proper function of your brain. Combining a proper diet with natural remedies is a great way to ensure brain health.  Believing in the healing and preventative power of herbs, Hanna Kroeger created a concentrate of Ginkgo biloba, known for its benefits in promoting circulation to the brain, to keep the small blood vessels healthy. Learn more about this powerful Complete Concentrate by Kroger Herb in the Concentrating on Brain Health blog.
 
Find more of Hanna’s remedies for wellness, including brain health, in her books and try this list of brain food from her book, Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen:
  • 1 pound sunflower seeds, 1/4 pound almonds, 1 pound wheat germ.  Grind up and eat 2 heaping tablespoons a day (not intended for individuals who are gluten intolerant).
  • Barley and Coconut cocktail: 1 cup barley, 1 cup coconut juice, 1 tablespoon lecithin.  Add honey if desired.
  • Coconut is brain food.  Eat the meat and drink the milk.
  • Use Cardamom is an eye and brain food
  • Leeks are delicious when boiled and used in soups and salads
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Understanding Herbal Extracts

Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

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Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn't add any flowing agents to the berry!

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn’t add any flowing agents to the berry!

Aren’t all Herbal Extracts Natural? Unfortunately most companies use harsh toxic solvents in the extraction process such as acetone, denatured alcohol, or hexane which are not natural. When herbal extracts are created with these solvents, their purity is stripped and the potency of the herb is affected. What makes Complete Concentrates so different is that through a water (or in the case of Milk Thistle and Echinacea, water and food grade alcohol) extraction process, no solvents are introduced and you’re ingesting a product that is safe and toxin-free.

Do Solvents Evaporate off Herbs During Extraction? Solvents do evaporate from the herbs but there may be a residue left. Think of it this way: Imagine eating spinach soaked in nail polish remover (a common solvent in herb extraction) then letting it dry…would you want to eat it? Now imagine eating spinach soaked in water and allowing that to dry. Is the water soaked spinach more appealing to eat? Many of the solvents used in extraction methods are toxic not only to people but also the environment.  Add to the list of frustrations with solvents, unlike excipients or fillers they are not required by law to be listed on labels and companies who use these toxins want to keep it that way.

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger's Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

What are Excipients? After the extraction process herbs are liquid and are often sticky, posing a problem when a company wishes to encapsulate the herb. The easiest solution to this problem is to add a carrier substance for that liquid to be sprayed on. These carrier substances, or excipients, add another ingredient to the label for companies that choose to use them (like magnesium sterate or maltodextrin). In the case of Kroeger’s Concentrates, the liquid extract is sprayed back onto the herb which has been through the extraction process or on fresh herb so that nothing new is introduced to the product.

What do Flowing Agents Do? During encapsulation, especially with sticky herbal extracts, some companies prefer to add flowing agents to absorb excess moisture and speed up the capping process. While this saves production time costs, many flowing agents are synthetic and dilute the extract while adding further ingredients to your label. Look for the addition of rice, wheat, corn, whey, or other powdered substances; these flowing agents are not needed and are negatively impacting the potency of the herb.

What is a Filler? What do Fillers do? An average capsule has room for about 350-500 milligrams of herbs. Using only extracted herb is excessive and expensive so to cut corners, many companies add ingredients to the capsule to fill space. While some of these ingredients (rice powder for example) may have some sort of nutritional value, if a company is touting the purity of their concentrated products, there is no need for a filler to be included.

What does Full Spectrum Mean? Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates are a full spectrum product which means that the constituents of the herb are present in their natural ratios. When a concentrated herb is full spectrum, all of the constituents are concentrated at the same percentage.

If you have any other questions about Kroeger’s line of Complete Concentrates, let us know! We’re happy to share any information we can and hope you see now why this line of concentrates is superior to other products on the market. Paying attention to labels and understanding what methods were used in creating an herb is just as important as knowing what ingredients are going into your system.

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Concentrating on Brain Health

Did you know Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest tree species on the planet and is one of the most frequently used medicinal preparations in Europe, where herbal medicine and conventional drug therapy exist side by side in most physicians’ practices? Ginkgo has become a popular herb around the word for its benefits to the circulatory system, memory, and overall brain health with one of the largest catalogs of research of any herb in the world.

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Did you know Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest tree species on the planet and is one of the most frequently used medicinal preparations in Europe, where herbal medicine and conventional drug therapy exist side by side in most physicians’ practices? Ginkgo has become a popular herb around the word for its benefits to the circulatory system, memory, and overall brain health with one of the largest catalogs of research of any herb in the world. 

A majority of the studies surrounding Ginkgo reveal the benefits to memory and brain function. From mild confusion in the elderly to severe forms of senility (including Alzheimer’s disease), Ginkgo has proven to be a great benefit because it regulates the flow of blood to the brain, head, skin, and limbs and in many cases, increases the flow of blood to the brain. The increase in blood flow means an increase in nutrients and oxygen to the brain which not only boosts performance but also decreases the chance of blood clots and helps to speed recovery from strokes.

Because Ginkgo improves blood flow, it is a heart healthy herb. Irregular heart beats, atherosclerosis, and tissue damage from loss of oxygen during heart attacks have been improved with the use of Ginkgo as well as the antioxidant protection from free radicals it provides. Learn more about antioxidants and free radicals. Other benefits of Ginkgo include:

  • Improving hearing loss or ringing in the ears from poor blood flow to the head
  • Improved eye conditions like macular degeneration and glaucoma
  • Lessened postoperative swelling and intensity of head injuries
  • Improved blood flow for PMS, bloating, and impotence
  • Easing of allergies
  • Improving circulatory complications of diabetes
  • Improving immune system function
  • Protecting against nerve problems cause by cancer chemotherapy drugs
  • Easing of breathing problems like asthma or bronchitis

When Hanna first decided to add an extract into her line of herbal combinations she approached it differently than others had done previously.  Ginkgo biloba extract was producing some great results helping people with memory issues and those with trouble getting blood flow to their extremities.  The standard extract that everyone was using was a product that concentrated the leaf of the Ginkgo tree to two of its active compounds at a very high ratio, Ginkgo Flavone Glycosides at 24% and Terpene Lactones at 6%.  This is a very high concentration. In order to achieve such a powerful level very strong solvents such as acetone or methanol must be applied. Several repetitions of this process may be necessary, isolating the known marker compounds and throwing out the rest.

From Hanna’s perspective, this was wasteful.  Why throw out part of the plant that may have healing benefit  for the sake of producing a drug-like substance that requires a very unnatural approach in it’s production?  Especially since the benefits of the plain leaf, by itself, had been noted for over two thousand years!

After some searching, a manufacturer was found that could produce an extract using the natural solvent water, at a smaller concentration of 10%/2.5% (as opposed to 24/6), while preserving the other as yet undiscovered compounds of this wonderful healing herb. This later became known as a full-profile extract. Hanna further improved on the concept by removing the commonly used, nutritionally empty, flowing agents that these extracts use to keep the material from gumming up the encapsulating machinery; and replaced them with some of the raw material itself. In this case, plain, unadulterated Ginkgo leaves!

The problem of encapsulating a difficult extract was solved and in the process a new way of looking at herbal extracts was born.  She had made a product that the body would accept readily as food with the advanced efficacy of an extract!

We later took this concept that Hanna pioneered with the Ginkgo and applied it to other herbal extracts creating our Complete Concentrates® line of supplements that we are very proud of.

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What are Antioxidants?

It’s funny how many of us have heard of antioxidants and free radicals but we don’t really understand what it all means. Maybe some of the terms used don’t always make sense when describing what happens or maybe we feel like free radicals don’t pose a threat to our bodies right now.

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Don’t stress out about free radicals and antioxidants. Find out how these affect the body and the best way support yourself naturally.

It’s funny how many of us have heard of antioxidants and free radicals but we don’t really understand what it all means. Maybe some of the terms used don’t always make sense when describing what happens or maybe we feel like free radicals don’t pose a threat to our bodies right now.

The truth of the matter is that free radicals are everywhere and they pose a very REAL risk to our livelihood. If there was a stream of strangers coming into your home or office, wouldn’t you address it immediately? This is really no different. Free radicals are the strangers and antioxidants act as a polite chaperone, escorting them from your body.

Consequently free radicals are simply oxygen molecules that have either one too many or one too few electrons making them unstable. Unstable molecules can be seen as toxins in our bodies but where do we get these toxins? Everywhere! Daily exposure to common environmental items like air pollution, cigarette smoke, food additives, chemicals, pesticides and dozens of other sources are only an example of where these toxins come from. An antioxidant seeks out and neutralizes these toxins and free radicals in our bodies.

What are Natures Best Antioxidants?

Some of the best antioxidants have been discovered and developed in the last five to 10 years. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Popular choices are Bilberry, Olive leaf, Ginkgo biloba, Grape seed, Rosemary, and Resveratrol. Read on and learn why these are the best antioxidants!

The power of the best antioxidants are at your fingertips!

Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals.

Bilberry is a powerful antioxidant that has become popular for its positive effects on the eyes. This relative of blueberries contains high amounts of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin, powerful antioxidants that maintain strength and flexibility in capillary walls thus allowing efficient flow through the capillaries. This increased efficiency in microcirculation is very helpful for the eyes. Bilberry also aids in the regeneration of retinal purple, which is important for night vision.

Olive leaf  has gained popularity due to its versatility, especially as an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-microbial herb. Hydroxytyrosol, oleuropein, vanillic acid and verbascoside are four important antioxidants found in olive leaf. Olive leaf has been shown to deter oxidation of so-called “bad cholesterol” or low-density lipoprotein (LDL.) which may aid in cholesterol levels. Olive Leaf’s antioxidant properties have great potential to prevent free radical generation and stop damage to healthy cells of people involved in vigorous exercise programs, which produces oxidation in the body. Olives, olive oil and olive leaves have been important parts of the Mediterranean culture as food and medicine for thousands of years. This may be an important feature of the Mediterranean diet which boasts minimal heart disease and general good health.

Grape seeds contain Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC’s) are bioflavonoids and very powerful antioxidants. OPC’s are many times more potent than vitamin C and vitamin E. Grape Seed’s antioxidant activity also donates electrons to vitamin C & E so they regenerate and have more longevity as antioxidants. All these antioxidants can work together to contribute to over-all health in many ways. Like Olive Leaf, Grape Seed’s antioxidant action inhibits the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which may help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The antioxidants found in Grape Seed have been the explanation for the French paradox (a population that loves cheese, butter, rich sauces, fatty foods and cigarettes yet has a low rate of heart disease). Could it be the red wine?

Ginkgo biloba is a powerful antioxidant!

Ginkgo biloba is a powerful antioxidant for overall brain health!

Ginkgo biloba has been used for thousands of years in Asia to promote longevity. The ginkgo tree is hardy and can survive in adverse environments, like heavily traveled roadsides and can live a very long time (a reflection of its health properties). Like most herbs, ginkgo has many helpful properties, yet its antioxidant effects on circulation and brain function have given this herb its highest praise. Ginkgo’s ability to improve circulation through small blood vessels and capillaries help bring oxygen and nutrients to the brain, heart, and all parts of the body. Research has shown favorable effects on Alzheimer’s disease and other memory challenging health issues.  Ginkgo’s ability to improve circulation through small blood vessels and capillaries, helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the brain, heart and all parts of the body.

Rosemary is a versatile herb rich in antioxidants. Rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant found in rosemary along with about a dozen other free radical scavenging compounds. Rosemary has been used traditionally to enhance and improve memory capabilities, a very good brain tonic when used often, and is valuable when tending to tension headaches. Carnosol and ursolic acid, two chemicals found in rosemary are particularly rich in anti-tumor activities. One study found that rosemary may help impede carcinogens from binding to breast tissues.

Resveratrol is a bit of a new-comer; enjoying recent popularity worldwide for its benefits in reversing the signs of aging and improving the condition of the skin but it is a powerful antioxidant as well. Japanese knotweed extract contains the highest amount of trans-Resveratrol on the planet and offers the greatest protection to the body against free radicals.

Pomegranate is also an antioxidant powerhouse with polyphenols, tannis and anthocyanins that render damage causing free radicals harmless within your body. It’s been said that the hundreds of tiny red seeds within a pomegranate can serve as an appropriate metaphor for all its uses for our health. Aside from the rich amount of antioxidants, pomegranates have been noted for their use in cancer research, to ease menopausal symptoms, for addressing the protein molecules responsible for osteoporosis, and as a being a wonderful heart helper by reducing plaque on artery walls and decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol.

These are only a sample of antioxidants available on the market today. Some combinations of these powerful ingredients can be found in one capsule. For example, Kroeger Herb has created a product called Resveratrol Six that blends Japanese Knotweed (Resveratrol), Grape seed, Ginkgo biloba and Pomegranate to provide a potent combination of antioxidants to efficiently attack free radicals in your body. (Learn more about Resveratrol Six in this blog post).

While the popularity of antioxidants has soared lately, it’s important to make choices on which products are right for you based on their effectiveness, not popularity. The damage of free radicals are very real in our modern world today and being proactive with your health with the addition of an antioxidant supplement and antioxidant rich foods. Consider adding olives, rosemary, and pomegranate to your diet; these foods and their supplement counterpart are an integral part of good health.

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