Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ginkgo Not Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?


Ginkgo - For a long time, many experts have advocated the use of dietary supplements of ginkgo as a way to promote memory. However, a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia School of Medical has found that ginkgo did not prevent the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people.

Previous research conducted on ginkgo does not indicate that the extract of ginkgo tree leaves do have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties but the results for the connection between the ginkgo and memory inclusive. However, this does not stop the wave of sales of ginkgo extract and many Americans across the country, especially the older ones, took the ginkgo extract diligent. It is believed that ginkgo prevents the formation of proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease.

The new study took 3000 men and women, 75 years or more, and half of them were randomized to receive 120 milligrams of ginkgo twice daily while the other half were given placebo.

Every six months the group was screened for dementia and after 6 years found that dementia occurred in both groups at the same speed. 277 people have dementia in the group assigned to daily ginkgo and dementia in 246 people get assigned to the placebo group. Same speed events was found when the two groups were tested for Alzheimer's disease.

The study concludes that ginkgo is safe for consumption. However, the rate of heart attacks and gastrointestinal bleeding were similar in both groups, although the ginkgo group had taken 16 strokes from bleeding in the brain compared with 8 in the placebo group. The researchers feel that the difference in the number of strokes was too small to be of any consequence.**www.scumdoctor.com**

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