Ginkgo Biloba and Dementia



Another new study has just confirmed the role of ginkgo biloba in the treatment of Alzheimers and dementia.(1) The study conducted over a 52 week period, was a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study. It was done with patients with mild to severe Alzheimers or multi-infarct dementia. The study concluded that ginkgo appeared to stabilize and even improve the cognitive performance and social functioning of a large number of the patients.

While the treatment of disease already rampant is very difficult at best, it would seem from this and other research, that ginkgo would be a good addition to the supplement of all people over fifty and especially so if there has been a history of dementia or Alzheimers in your family. It is non-toxic in stated doses and will certainly improve cognitive functioning even in people with no apparent mental problems. Remember to always buy standardized extracts.

(1.) Le Bars PL, Katz MM, et al. A placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial of an extract of ginkgo biloba for dementia. J Amer Med Assoc, 1997; 278:1327

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By P.L. Le Bars and M.M. Katz

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