Ginkgo biloba extract appears to delay mental deterioration during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, Ginkgo biloba extract may help to reverse some of the disabilities associated with Alzheimer’s and help the patient maintain a normal life without having to be hospitalized.
A study in the Oct. 22, 1997, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that Ginkgo biloba extract alleviated symptoms associated with a range of cognitive disorders, and was beneficial in the treatment of dementia. The study added that Ginkgo biloba extract “was safe and appears capable of stabilizing and, in a substantial number of cases, improving the cognitive performance and the social functioning of demented patients for six months to one year.” The benefits were said to be “as dramatic as Tacrine or Aricept, two prescription drugs that have been approved to slow the dementia of Alzheimer’s.” The advantages of ginkgo over Tacrine and Aricept are that there seems to be no side effects, it’s available as a supplement, and is cheaper than prescription drugs.
From LE Magazine May 1998