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Can we slow dementia?

Do you know this beautiful medicinal tree?

These trees are all around Portland and are known as Ginkgo biloba. According to studies Ginkgo Biloba has many medicinal properties, and may help with several health conditions such as:

• Prevention of dementia

• Improvement of cognition and memory

• Anxiety

• Vision problems due to diabetes

• Vision problems due to glaucoma

• Circulatory problems in general

• Menstrual cramps

• Vertigo

The most helpful components of ginkgo are believed to be flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant qualities, and terpenoids, which help improve circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing the "stickiness" of platelets.

In most of the studies dried leaf tea or extract was used.

As for the dosage it will depend on the type and severity of the condition and may not be the right solution for everyone. Please always talk to your doctor before starting any medication or supplement.

Possible interactions and side effects:

Don't eat raw or roasted ginkgo seeds, which can be poisonous.

If you are epileptic or prone to seizures, avoid ginkgo. Large amounts of ginkgotoxin can cause seizures. Ginkgotoxin is found in ginkgo seeds and, to a lesser extent, ginkgo leaves.

If you are older, have a bleeding disorder or are pregnant, don't take ginkgo. The supplement might increase your risk of bleeding. If you're planning to have surgery, stop taking ginkgo two weeks beforehand.

Ginkgo might interfere with the management of diabetes. If you take ginkgo and have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels.

The information on this page is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. Always consult with your health care practitioner about any medical concerns or questions or before taking any medication, supplement, vitamins, herbs, or homeopathic.


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