Ginkgo biloba aids stroke recovery

The ginkgo biloba tree is one of the most ancient trees on earth… it can live to be 1,000 years old… and it could help you live a longer and healthier life.

The fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for everything from aiding memory to fighting depression.

In recent years, ginkgo biloba extract has been shown in studies to help slash the risk of ovarian cancer, relieve glaucoma, improve dementia, and much more.

And now, according to the latest findings, we can add something else to that list — because ginkgo biloba appears to also improve cognitive function in those who’ve had a stroke.

In a new study out of China, over 300 people who’d already suffered a stroke were divided into two groups. Over the course of six months, half took a daily combination of ginkgo biloba and aspirin, while the other half took only the aspirin.

By the end of the study, it turned out that those taking ginkgo and aspirin scored higher on tests of cognitive and language skills than those taking only aspirin.

Now, as you probably know, strokes happen when clots block blood flow to your brain, leading to damage in your gray matter.

All kinds of strokes — even so-called “mini-strokes” (transient ischaemic attacks), as I shared with you this morning — can leave you with damage that’s bad enough to impair your memory and abilities to think and speak.

The theory is that ginkgo biloba can keep your brain sharp by guarding against the death of nerve cells and increasing blood flow to the arteries inside your noggin, as previous studies have shown it can do.

But ginkgo biloba’s healing potential isn’t just limited to your brain — because another new study shows that the Chinese herb may prevent colorectal cancer cells from spreading (“metastasizing”).

Taken together, these two new studies suggest that ginkgo biloba can help protect your health from the top of your head… to the “end” of your gut!

Even better, this ancient remedy has virtually no side effects.

You can easily find ginkgo biloba at your local drug store, health food emporium, or online.

Talk to a doctor well versed in integrative medicine about the right dosage for you.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Herbal remedy ginkgo biloba ‘can help stroke recovery’, published online, bbc.co.uk/news/health-42394348

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