Taking Ginkgo Biloba Is A ‘Waste of Time’

GinkgoBilobaKate Devlin writes in the Telegraph:

Elderly people who took Ginkgo biloba every day for six years had as many difficulties with recall as those who took a fake supplement, the largest study of its kind has shown. At least 100,000 people in Britain are thought to regularly take the supplement, which has been widely credited with improving memory and concentration.

Made from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree, the Chinese herbal remedy has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. It is thought to contain chemicals which help the flow of blood around the body, which advocates believe will help protect the brain against decline.

But the researchers who carried out the latest study warned that the supplement appeared to have no effect on warding off age-related memory problems.

Beth Snitz, from the University of Pittsburgh, who led the study, said: “Ginkgo biloba is marketed widely and used with the hope of improving, preventing, or delaying cognitive impairment associated with ageing and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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7 Comments on "Taking Ginkgo Biloba Is A ‘Waste of Time’"

  1. Seattle Kyle | Dec 30, 2009 at 10:58 am |

    I wonder if studies are in the works or are underway now to prove or disprove the other touted effects of Gingko, like non-age-related memory and improvement of circulation for diabetics, etc. I'd be especially interested in that last one.

    Though I won't be holding my breath. Just like waiting on stem cell research to grow me a new pancreas, maybe. :/

  2. DoctorStrong | Dec 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    Heck, my mind is just blown that Disinfo supported science and was skeptical.
    Looks like I've got to start consuming your products again.

    Thanks for doing the right thing.

  3. razzlebathbone | Dec 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm |

    If you want to keep you mind sharp into old age, play board games, preferably ones that require you to think ahead and plan a strategy.


  4. As with all studies….who funded it?….what was the quality of the ginkgo, preparation method, method of application (suppository, sublingual, intravenous?) and dosage of the supplement used? Ginkgo is traditionally used with other supporting herbs and while I understand the picture is probably stock I would never recommend Jarrow and 120mg is about half of a beginning therapy dose.

  5. very serious finding .More than 100 bn. dollors bisiness is being done of ginkobiloba. what will happen to those co. who r manufacturing.

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