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Ginkgo Biloba Protects Memory
Published Tuesday, March 4, 2008

PORTLAND ,Ore.,- A study conducted at the Oregon Health & Science University found that taking Ginkgo biloba supplements may help protect the memory of people aged 85 and older (American Academy of Neurology.. ePub 2008). In this three-year study, the first of its kind, 118 people, with no memory problems but were at high risk of developing dementia, were given either ginkgo extract three times a day or placebo. Results showed 21 people developed mild memory problems, or questionable dementia; only seven of those were in the ginkgo group. The first analysis of the data showed ginkgo offered no protective effect on memory, but a secondary analysis showed that the people who reliably took the supplement had a 70 percent lower risk of developing mild memory problems than those who took placebo. Results also showed that people taking ginkgo were more likely to have a stroke or transient ischemic attack (mini stroke). Researchers agree more studies are needed to confirm this finding.

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