Ginkgo called into question… but was the study flawed?

According to recent news and media reports, the herb Ginkgo is getting a hard time from those who say there is no evidence that it is of any help in offsetting mental decline. One interoperation of the study suggests that older patients who took the supplement had no less a decline in memory, attention, language, or other cognitive measures than those on placebo. This was the conclusion of Dr. Steven DeKosky of the University of Virginia and colleagues reported in the Dec. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
However, this study needs to be reviewed with care. Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council and has taken the study to task on a number of issues. A review can be read in the online journal Natural Medicine; click here. Feel free to comment and post your own experiences of using Ginkgo.


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