Gingko Biloba for Memory Improvement

If you’ve been hearing about the supplement gingko biloba for memory improvement and wondering whether you should take it, you’ll be interested in this article from NYDailyNews.

Gingko Biloba for Memory Improvement

studies show gingko biloba for memory improvement ineffective

The Chinese herb ginkgo biloba was shown to be unable to improve memory, attention, or problem solving in healthy individuals in a new study published on Monday.

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK say they found “zero impact” on cognitive function, regardness of the age of the people, the dose taken, or the length of time taking the supplements.

“Gingko biloba has been widely used for a number of years to reduce the mental decline associated with aging,” says lead researcher and professor of psychology Keith Laws. “But more recently it has been marketed as a memory enhancing supplement for healthy individuals — and it is crucial to establish the validity for such claims.” In Europe and the US, ginkgo supplements are among the top-selling herbal medicines.

“Our findings show that taking Gingko biloba supplements at any age to boost memory have no impact at all — and may be a waste of time and money.”

You can read the entire article here.

You’ll notice that there are very few, if any, posts on this blog about the use of supplements such as gingko biloba for memory improvement. Since so many studies contradict each other, and I’m not a medical practitioner, I prefer to stay away from the discussions around supplements. I’m an educator and am more interested in helping you improve your memory through brain exercises, mnemonics, and other  practical tips.

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