Are your patients asking about Ginkgo biloba for their memory? The research is mixed and controversial so what should you tell them?
Supplements are made from dried powdered leaves of the tree bearing its name. Several phytochemicals are found in ginkgo including flavonoids and terpenoids. Interestingly, instead of the dried form, almost all clinical studies use ginkgo biloba extract or GBE in the standardized form.
Known as EGb761 the extract includes 22 to 27 % flavonoids and 5-7% terpenoids. It’s promoted to help prevent or treat cognitive disorders and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by improving memory, microcirculation blood flow, hypoxia tolerance in brain cells and blood viscosity.
Listen to the podcast for a review of the controversial research and three things to tell your patients about Ginkgo biloba.
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