New Research Shows Herbal Supplement Ginkgo Biloba Does Little for Memory, Attention
Taking Ginkgo biloba every day doesn't slow cognitive
decline for elderly patients, researchers found.
Older patients who took the supplement had no less a decline in memory, attention, language, or other cognitive measures than those on placebo, Dr. Steven DeKosky of the University of Virginia and colleagues reported in the Dec. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"It's pretty safe and it's cheap, and it's not like some of the things that are either really expensive or dangerous or interfere with some other meds you might be taking," DeKosky said. "But I've got no good reason to suggest you continue to take it beyond your own blind faith."
This analysis of data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study follows their previous analysis that found that daily use of the supplement didn't reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.