If you were like most teenagers going through puberty, your “awkward phase” consisted of more than a few pimples…
And skin that seemed like it would NEVER get clear.
If there’s one good reason not to want to turn back the clock… and return to your youthful days… that would be it.
But many older folks witness their skin getting WORSE with age… as they struggle with the onset of adult acne.
Others find the itching, redness, and even open sores of other skin conditions… like psoriasis and eczema… spiraling out of control.
These aren’t the result of raging adolescent hormones…
But, more likely, an INFECTION!
One that your immune system just can’t BEAT on its own.
You need a little help – and researchers have just uncovered an ancient “skin secret” that’s been BURIED for HUNDREDS of years!
500-year-old ‘seed trick’ gets its due
A Chinese medical text that dates back to the Ming Dynasty may hold the key to using an herb to CLEAR some of the toughest skin conditions out there.
It’s called Ben Cao Gang Mu, or Compendium of Materia Medica…
And this 16th-century tome is where Emory University researchers found the details of a long-forgotten “seed cure” from one of the oldest types of trees on the planet.
The ginkgo biloba tree (Salisburia adiantifolia) has been around for as long as the Early Jurassic Period — 270 million years ago, maybe more.
A single tree can grow to be more than 2,700 years old.
And as a testament to the species’ longevity, ginkgo plants were one of the only living things to survive the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
You know ginkgo leaves as an ingredient behind brain-boosting supplements…
But what the West is rediscovering is that ginkgo SEEDS possess powerful antibacterial activity.
And according to this latest in vitro study, the seeds specifically ZERO IN on the culprits behind nasty skin infections!
Not just acne – which plagues seniors at a surprisingly high rate – but also psoriasis and eczema, two of the hardest-to-treat skin conditions out there.
The three most prominent pathogens that cause skin problems like these are:
- Cutibacterium acnes
- Staphylococcus aureus, and
- Streptococcus pyogenes.
Ginkgo can ERADICATE them all…
And it does it by INHIBITING bacterial growth… and BREAKING DOWN the bacteria’s defenses (a.k.a. biofilm formation).
The compound at work here appears to be ginkgolic acid C15:1. In fact, the study’s researchers found that the more a ginkgo seed contained this compound… the STRONGER its antimicrobial activity.
But you wouldn’t want to use PURE ginkgolic acid, as it can be toxic to healthy skin cells.
That brings us back to the whole seed – which fortunately contains OTHER antibacterial compounds, too, including flavones like quercetin and kaempferol.
For skin conditions, ginkgo seeds have exhibited antibacterial action when applied topically as a paste.
The Chinese Materia Medica contains instructions of exactly how to do it – but if you decide to take it upon yourself to follow this ancient recipe, make sure you use whole seeds with the seed coat, and not just the inner “nut.”
The shell of the seed contains a lot of that antibacterial power.
Otherwise, we’ll have to wait for in vivo studies to be conducted on animals and people before ginkgo seed paste can become commercially available.