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Can ginkgo biloba help with Alzheimer's disease?

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No vitamins or supplements are proven to prevent, stop, or slow down Alzheimer’s. You may have heard of ginkgo biloba as a memory aid. But there’s no proof so far that it works, whether you have Alzheimer’s or not.

Ginkgo has been shown to cause side effects, including bleeding, lowering blood sugar, and altering blood pressure. So it may be best to avoid it.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Turner, S. , published online Sept. 11, 2015. Neurology

Georgetown University Medical Center.

Soni, M. , 2012. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Miller, J. , 2015. Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurology

Littlejohns, T. , published online Aug. 6, 2014. Neurology

Mayo Clinic: “Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?” “Safety.”

National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Blog: “Revisiting Resveratrol’s Health Claims.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Turner, S. , published online Sept. 11, 2015. Neurology

Georgetown University Medical Center.

Soni, M. , 2012. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Miller, J. , 2015. Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurology

Littlejohns, T. , published online Aug. 6, 2014. Neurology

Mayo Clinic: “Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?” “Safety.”

National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Blog: “Revisiting Resveratrol’s Health Claims.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

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