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Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention With Ginkgo Biloba

Updated on April 19, 2010

Healthy Brain

This is a slice through a healthy brain
This is a slice through a healthy brain

Does Ginkgo Biloba Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Ginkgo biloba has been shown to help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the AMA Health Care Trends 2008 under “Complementary and alternative medicine,” ginkgo biloba reduces the formation of specific brain abnormalities and paralysis in animal models and may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

In an earlier study published in 1997 in the journal of the American Medical Association: 202 people with Alzheimer's were given either a placebo or ginkgo extract of 120 mg a day. A year after the start of the research, the ginkgo group retained more mental function. Further studies have corroborated this finding.

Several articles written in the Journal of the American Medical Association have shown the benefits and findings of ginkgo biloba, including brain function. In many studies, it shows short term improvement to the cognitive decline in older adults, though there is no evidence on the long term effects. More studies need to be made.

A well publicized 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that 120 mg of ginkgo extract per day for one year was able to provide some benefit in cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

What we do know is that Ginkgo improves blood circulation around the body, including through the brain. Research has shown that ginkgo inhibits the formation of beta-amyloid, a protein that forms amyloid plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Overall there is no conclusive evidence that ginkgo will prevent Alzheimer’s, but research shows that it helps. We do know that it does help with improve the age related cognitive decline of concentration and memory, absent-mindedness, confusion, lack of mental energy, and sometimes, depressive mood. The benefit of ginkgo biloba is that it improves communication between nerve cells and enhances blood flow to the brain. It is licensed in Germany for the treatment of age related cognitive decline (ARCD). It has not been approved in the United States for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

In no way would this replace seeing a physician and getting proper medial treatment. But the benefit of taking this herb is well worth a daily regimen. It is recommended to take 120 mg one or two times a day. Stay clear of any claims that this herb will prevent Alzheimer’s disease. But if ginkgo biloba can help even in the smallest way to help with proper brain function and slow down the onset of the disease of Alzheimer’s then it is worth taking along with proper nutrition.

Unhealthy Brain

This is a slice through a brain plagued with Alzheimers disease.
This is a slice through a brain plagued with Alzheimers disease.

A Sign Of Alzheimer’s Is Being Called, That Guy

For years my father-in-law would repeat his stories of the past as if he were saying them for the first time. Yet he had trouble remembering daily events or even who certain people were. My husband’s name was, “That Guy!” My father-in-law was always happy to see That Guy. It was nice of him to sit down and listen to the good old days. Sometimes, That Guy would take his parents out for a ride or dinner. He always enjoyed That Guy’s company.

The last year of my father-in-laws life, it became increasing hard for my mother-in-law to take care of him. She was afraid he would just wonder off somewhere. Despite this, he still had his driver’s license and he had his good days. My mother-in-law always got her hair done once a week. It was one of his good days, so she thought. He dropped her off at the beauty salon with instructions to come back at a certain time.

When the time came, she stood outside waiting for him. She had seen him drive right past her. He didn’t come home that night nor the next. They found him a couple of days later 50 miles away lying in a farmer’s field, cold and confused. This is when it was decided that he would go to a nursing home, though a hard choice to make. That Guy and his family visited him everyday. He died a few months later.

Would taking a daily supplement of ginkgo biloba when the onset of Alzheimer's occurred prevention this? My answer is no. But it could of helped.

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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      wow, nice presentation and new information, good job, Maita

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      I really like the illustration you found for ths Hub - I've heard a lot about the good effects of GInko and think it must be pretty effective. Thumbs up!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I know that Ginkgo Biloba is good for herbal remedies. I support this hub. Thanks

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      Tamarii2 7 years ago from NEW YORK

      Interesting Hub.I enjoyed reading it and I learned something from it.Thanks for resonding to my Hub.Enjoy your journey with great peace.

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Interesting and informative hub, thanks!

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      rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks for the HUB. Liked the part about Ginko Bilboa. A lot of information to absorb.


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful info! This runs in my family.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      i did not hear before this ,but its very nice information .Wonderful hub.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the useful info on gingko. I read this with interest. My father had Alzheimer's quite badly in the last years of his long life and that was a major consideration in having him go to a home also.

      Love and peace


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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sandy - that is a very sad story about your father-in-law, the poor man, so lost like that. I've read about the gingko and the results of studies sound interesting.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Dolores. Alzheimer's and cancer are the two worst diseases in my book. But anything that changes a person's memory and thinking is something I don't want to experience. Though it is hard on the family.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've also heard about studies where mice who were on gingko biloba did not suffer as much brain damage after a stroke than mice that were not taking it.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Good to know Dolores.

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      glovs0 6 years ago from Chicago Area

      I actually feel Ginkgo appears to be quite promising for the future. It is actually made use of by leading pharmacy corporations which in turn tells me that there is promise and a good future with this herb. Thanks - Sam

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I take ginkgo to prevent migraine. I get optical migraine which is horrible and scary and I found that as long as I take ginkgo on a regular basis I don't get it often. I also believe it really does help the memory!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I read that ginkgo is good for migraines. Though I have yet to take it for that. I am also a migraine sufferer.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I lose part of my vision and my thoughts get all muddled when migraines start and when I first had it I thought I was going blind or having a stroke or something. These days I make sure I have got ginkgo tablets.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Ginkgo is good for many things. I will have to try it next time for a migraine.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I take it to prevent migraine rather than to cure it. It doesn't work fast enough to do that but I think that if you take it regularly it accumulates in you and keeps your circulation in good order which is how it helps the memory and other benefits it has.

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