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Home > Newsletters > August 2009 > Ask the Doctor

Points -  Ask the Doctor

Q: Can a person of any age take gingko to improve brain function?  

A:  Yes! Gingko is one of the most widely studied plants. The leaf of the ginkgo tree is shaped like a human brain, and some believe this is why, in Asia, it has always had a reputation of benefiting the mental processes. Decreased memory and difficulty concentrating is largely due to decreased blood flow to the brain and loss of brain cells; ginkgo has been confirmed to boost circulation to the brain and other organs, improving memory and cognitive functions.

Additionally, ginkgo is a popular longevity tonic in Asia and Europe. The best-known and most commonly available form of ginkgo is as teas and herbal extracts, but ginkgo nut, used in the culinary traditions of Asian cultures, has therapeutic properties and is also said to strengthen lung function.

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