Gingko Biloba, 60mg., 60 softgels - NOW

Gingko Biloba, 60mg., 60 softgels - NOW
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"For depression, St. John's Wort and ginkgo biloba are the most popular [supplements] for altering mood." - WebMD®

"'Even though it was not statistically significant, we showed a protective trend' in that fewer patients taking ginkgo biloba as directed went on to develop mild cognitive problems compared with patients on placebo." - Dr. Hiroko H. Dodge (referring to a study published in Feb. 2008 regarding the effects of ginkgo biloba on elderly patients), Medscape

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Overview - Possible Benefits – Science - Cautions
Manufacturer's Description


  Supplement Facts
  Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap® 1 to 2 times daily.
  Amount Per Serving mg
  Ginkgo Biloba extract (Leaf) (50:1 Standardized extract, containing minimum 24% Ginkgoflavonglycosides and 6% Terpene Lactones, including Ginkgolide B, the most significant fraction, and Ginkgolides A, C and Bilobalide.) 60  
  Ginkgo biloba Powder (Leaf) 270
  Other Ingredients: Vegetable Polysaccharide (capsule).
  Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. Vegetarian/vegan product.


Unless otherwise noted, the following are excerpts from
U.S. NCCAM National Institutes of Health

Overview

The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world. Ginkgo seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and cooked seeds are occasionally eaten.

Possible Benefits

Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus (ringing or roaring sounds in the ears). Today, people use ginkgo leaf extracts hoping to improve memory; to treat or help prevent Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia; and to treat sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, and other health conditions. Although not definitive, there is promising early evidence favoring the use of ginkgo for memory enhancement in healthy subjects, altitude (mountain) sickness, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduction of chemotherapy-induced end-organ vascular damage. - Mayo Clinic

Numerous studies suggest that Ginkgo biloba taken by mouth causes small improvements in claudication symptoms (leg pain with exercise or at rest due to clogged arteries). However, ginkgo may not be as helpful for this condition as exercise therapy or prescription drugs. - Mayo Clinic

What the Science Says
According to research -
  • Numerous studies of ginkgo have been done for a variety of conditions. Some promising results have been seen for Alzheimer's disease/dementia and intermittent claudication, among others, but larger, well-designed research studies are needed.
  • Some smaller studies for memory enhancement have had promising results, but a trial sponsored by the National Institute on Aging of more than 200 healthy adults over age 60 found that ginkgo taken for 6 weeks did not improve memory.
  • NCCAM is conducting a large clinical trial of ginkgo with more than 3,000 volunteers. The aim is to see if the herb prevents the onset of dementia and, specifically, Alzheimer's disease; slows cognitive decline and functional disability (for example, inability to prepare meals); reduces the incidence of cardiovascular disease; and decreases the rate of premature death.
  • Other NCCAM-funded research includes studies on ginkgo for asthma, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, vascular function (intermittent claudication), cognitive decline, sexual dysfunction due to antidepressants, and insulin resistance. NCCAM is also looking at potential interactions between ginkgo and prescription drugs.
Cautions
Consider that -
  • Side effects of ginkgo may include headache, nausea, gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, dizziness, or allergic skin reactions. More severe allergic reactions have occasionally been reported.
  • There are some data to suggest that ginkgo can increase bleeding risk, so people who take anticoagulant drugs, have bleeding disorders, or have scheduled surgery or dental procedures should use caution and talk to a health care provider if using ginkgo.
  • Uncooked ginkgo seeds contain a chemical known as ginkgotoxin, which can cause seizures. Consuming large quantities of seeds over time can cause death. Ginkgo leaf and ginkgo leaf extracts appear to contain little ginkgotoxin.
Manufacturer's Description

Now® Ginkgo Biloba Extract is the finest quality available worldwide. Scientific research has demonstrated that Ginkgo Biloba Extract has antioxidant activity in in vitro studies.

Now® Ginkgo Biloba is grown and extracted under the highest quality standards.

 

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