Ginkgo biloba is an herbal medicine that has been used to treat many health conditions. It has not been approved in the United States for
the treatment of
Alzheimer's disease. But it has been approved in
Germany (though with less strict standards than those used to approve regular
drugs). And it is widely used throughout Europe to treat age-related dementia,
including Alzheimer's disease. It is available in the U.S.
Many people take ginkgo biloba to improve or preserve memory. But studies have not shown that ginkgo biloba helps improve memory or prevent dementia.1
Every time NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens steps onto the football field, his mind turns to the woman he credits with getting him there: his grandmother. She took him in when he was a young boy and raised him. What breaks his heart is that she will never know how far he's come.
Alice Black was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 14 years ago, during Owens' first NFL season. Now, she no longer knows her grandson. "The disease has robbed her of her memories," says Owens, who plays for the Cincinnati...