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Ginkgo biloba for a Healthier Brain and More???

We have long used Gingko to support blood supply to healthy brains and in efforts to support optimized everyday function.  But now there is even more “good news”. In a clinical trial in July 2013, Ginkgo biloba supplementation improved outcomes after an ischemic stroke. Currently, stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and accounts for 87 percent of all strokes.

Researchers randomly assigned 102 subjects with acute ischemic stroke to receive Ginkgo biloba or a placebo daily for four months. The investigators evaluated the subjects at the beginning of the study and again after four months using the National Institutes of Heath Stroke Scale (NIHSS) to measure functional outcomes.

The investigators found that 58.6 percent of the subjects achieved a 50 percent reduction in the NIHSS score at the four-month follow-up (a good thing) compared to the NIHSS score at the beginning of the study in the Ginkgo biloba group. In the placebo group, just 18.5 percent of subjects showed a 50 percent reduction in the four-month follow-up NIHSS score compared to the NIHSS score at the beginning of the study. After controlling the data for age and sex, the researchers still showed a significant NIHSS score decline in the Ginkgo biloba group compared to the placebo group.

The investigators concluded, “Our data suggest that Ginkgo biloba may have protective effects in ischemic stroke. Therefore, the administration of Ginkgo biloba is recommended after acute ischemic stroke.”

Reference:

Oskouei DS, et al. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2013 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print.]

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