Ginkgo Biloba Supplement May Fight Macular Degeneration

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Ginkgo Biloba Supplement May Fight Macular Degeneration

Although you don't need a prescription for most supplements, that doesn't mean that they can't significantly affect your health. (Eugeniusz Dudzinski/Dreamstime/TNS)

(PLEASE NOTE: This information is for educational purposes only and isn’t meant to be used in place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. ALWAYS consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Also, this information shouldn’t be utilized instead of or in conjunction with the help of a qualified homeopathic practitioner, natural nutritional supplement, or other homeopathic physician who may have the ability to diagnose or treat your health care need.)

(LONG ANSWER): Ginkgo Biloba Supplement is an herb that may help improve memory. (Detail from Google scholar:”It contains flavonoids and many compounds that have antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, sedative, and vasodilative effects… It has been shown to stimulate neurochemistry, blood vessel elasticity, as well as the production of the neurogenic neuroclicals, dopamine and noradrenalin.” Also, see my post about”Dementia, Colds, And Alzheimer’s” for more info on ginkgo biloba}

(ANUMED FROM GERD, LONG ANSWER): There is not any clinical study that reveals ginkgo biloba helps prevent memory loss in people with moderate or mild forms of Alzheimer’s Disease. (Detail from Google scholar:” Preliminary evidence suggests that ginkgo biloba can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia (age-related psychological reduction ), but the advantages of the nutritional supplements are still unknown. Ginkgo appears to be associated with lower incidence of stroke, yet there are no trials that directly associate ginkgo biloba with a heightened risk of heart attack or stroke. There is also a scarcity of information concerning the impact of ginkgo biloba in children, particularly those with learning disabilities. Most of the studies which have examined the effects of ginkgo biloba on memory function have been either placebo-controlled or have involved very tiny numbers of subjects. (Detail from Google scholar:”Ginkgo… does not seem to be effective for the treatment of moderate memory problems in children”.)

(ANNEMorial OF THE AGING OF SADO & KORETEC): This was originally written as a background for the Publication,”Euromuscular Aging: A Guide of Nutritional Supplements for the Prevention and Remedy of Aging”. I made the decision to include this little tidbit about the ginkgo biloba extract when I found that Dr. Konstantinov, the programmer of this publication, is an advisor to the Russian government. I also read this in Russia, and also there were many physicians practicing ginkgo biloba extract. I found it curious that Dr. Konstantinov includes it here as a helpful wellness supplement since it is very controversial. The simple fact he admits that and writes about it makes me wonder just what his motives are.

(MENTULARY FUNCTIONS OF Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract): The Chinese have used ginkgo biloba for centuries, and there is no doubt that it has positive impacts on the memory, mood, concentration, etc, but there are also claims that it may slow the development of Alzheimer’s, a disease that leads to death. If accurate, this would mean that ginkgo biloba can stop the worsening of the illness which all experts agree is one of the very serious problems facing us now. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that destroys the brain cells and causes the psychological decline known as dementia, which gradually becomes worse over time with no cure. That is the reason why everyone wants to know if ginkgo biloba can protect against dementia.

Regrettably, there are still no studies on these, but there have been some promising results in clinical trials with extracts from the ginkgo biloba tree. In 1 study, mice were given a small amount of the extract daily. Some of the results demonstrated that the mice did have a lesser risk of developing cataracts. However, more study is needed to know whether these outcomes are valid or not, especially as there are still so many doubts regarding unwanted effects.

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