Ginkgo biloba is probably best known for improving memory. You might have thought this to be just hype or maybe outright lies. Not true. In study after study the beneficial effects of Ginkgo biloba extract have been proven using the most stringent scientific methods available. In a 1993 study by Allain, Raoul, Lieury, et al published in the Journal of Clinical Therapeutics 15: 549-558, demonstrated a significant improvement in the mental abilities of elderly (69.3 yrs avg. age) patients with slight age-related memory impairment.
Another area of interest is the use of Ginkgo biloba extract in the treatment of PMS. That's correct premenstrual syndrome (PMS) ! The French research team of Tamborini and Taurelle published the results of their study in the French periodical Fr. Gynecol Obstet 88: 447-457 in 1993 in which Ginkgo biloba was shown to be effective in the treatment of congestive symptoms of PMS, particularly breast symptoms and even the neuropsychological (the bad mood) symptoms associated with PMS. The team also concluded that the treatment was well tolerated by all taking part in the study with no side effects noted and could be associated with other treatments without inconvenience.
Other studies, i.e Doly, Droy-Lefaix, Braquet EXS 62: 299-307; 1992, have shown Ginkgo biloba extract to have above average antioxidant properties. The antioxidant properties combined with it's ability to interfere with the clotting or clumping of blood platelets and therefore improve blood flow to the brain as well as other parts of the body as demonstrated by Schnieder in Arzneim Forschung 42:428-436: 1992, make Ginkgo biloba an excellent tool to possibly prevent the unwanted side effects of the aging process.
In all the above mentioned research on Ginkgo biloba a standardized extract known as EGb 761 was used. This is the same formulation that we use in our Think Ginkgo
product. It is standardized and guaranteed to contain 24% Ginkgo flavone glycosides. In making your purchase decisions, be sure to compare the strength and composition of the products so you get the most benefit for your money.
We feel that any information or article on garlic should start with the following quote by Jack Challem in the Nutritional Reporter 1995; "If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of nature, it would probably be a high-priced prescription drug." That statement puts the story of garlic in prospective to just how good this pungent herb really is.