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Supercharge Your Brain With This Herb

Can ginkgo leaf boost brain power? Modern studies have found evidence that the sweet-flavored “brain herb” can improve memory, concentration, and speed of cognitive processing. It may also help those with cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and decrease the risk of overall mortality. Ginkgo is already one of the best-selling herbs in the world today and one the most investigated herbs for cognitive disorders.
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What is ginkgo leaf anyway?
The sweet-flavored ginkgo leaf (scientific name: Ginkgo biloba) comes from the ginkgo tree, which is believed to be the oldest tree species on the planet. Evidence suggests that it has been around more than 200 million years ago.
Ginkgo leaf has a long history of use in traditional herbal remedies. Based on conclusions drawn from modern research studies, scientists believe that the herb may improve memory and cognitive processing, enhance fitness levels, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and fight against various diseases due to its antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
Ginkgo is one of the best-selling herbs in the world today. In France and Germany, it is consumed daily by many to maintain and improve cerebral circulation and memory, and to reduce the risk of strokes. The herb is one the most investigated and adopted herbal remedies for cognitive disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.
Enhances memory and cognitive function
Early clinical studies suggest that ginkgo consumption might result in small improvements in memory and cognitive function in non-demented patients with age-related memory impairment. A study published in 2016 in Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry concluded that gingko leaf and goji berry, traditionally known as "brain herbs", exerts beneficial effects in memory and cognitive function.
Potential benefits for mild cognitive impairment or dementia
Dementia is a syndrome involving an impairment of the brain with symptoms such as decline in memory and thinking abilities. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and vascular dementia. According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people have dementia around the world and each year, there are 7.7 million new cases.
According to a study published in Front Aging Neuroscience, researchers concluded that there was strong evidence to support the use of ginkgo leaf for the treatment of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The researchers also noted that consumption of the herb was considered generally safe. In the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, scientists concluded that ginkgo leaf extracts could have beneficial effects for people with dementia, with doses at over 200mg/day.
According to Mayo Clinic, the scientific literature so far suggests that ginkgo benefits people with dementia.
Potential effect against Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and brain function. It is a common cause of dementia - experts believe that it may contribute up to 70% of dementia cases. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that in the US, more than 5 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease with the majority aged 65 and older.
Research suggests that ginkgo counters Alzheimer’s disease by protecting damaged nerve cells. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, results from clinical trials have shownginkgo leaf helps those suffering from the disease by improving thinking, learning, and memory function, alleviating feelings of depression, and improving social behavior.
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