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HerbalFactors Ginkgo Biloba

120 Capsules

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Ginkgo biloba is scientifically proven to improve blood and oxygen flow to the brain and extremities and circulation. This popular extract is derived from an ornamental tree that graces streets across North America. Ginkgo biloba extract is one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in France and Germany, with over 5 million prescriptions dispensed per year in Germany alone. There are several reasons for ginkgo's effectiveness: the powerful extract improves blood flow to the brain and the rest of the body and it is a power-ful antioxidant and free radical scavenger, helpful for many conditions, including impaired brain function.While ginkgo ranks as one of the most well-researched herbs,most of the work has been done in Europe. In October 1997 the Journal of the American Medical Association brought some of the research home to North America.
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Key Benefits of Natural Factors Ginkgo Biloba:

Increases blood flow to the brain Enhances memory and concentration Improves circulation Support for vertigo and tinnitus May help in the early stages of Alzheimer’s

Ginkgo for Dementia

JAMA reported on a placebo-controlled, double-blind, ran-domized trial of ginkgo biloba showing that ginkgo was“safe and appears capable of stabilizing and, in a substantialnumber of cases, improving the cognitive performance andthe social functioning of demented patients for 6 months to1 year.” (Le Bars, et al. ) The concentrated extract derivedfrom the leaves of ginkgo biloba, known as EGb 761, wasgiven to patients with mild to moderately severe dementia.As a double-blind experiment, not even the researchersknew which patients received ginkgo biloba extract orplacebo. When the results came in, patients given ginkgo had maintained their reasoning abilities and daily living skills – 20% had even improved – whereas those given placebo had deteriorated from the start of the study.A 1986 review of the literature concluded that ginkgo“seems to be effective in patients with vascular disorders, in all types of dementia and even in patients suffering from cognitive disorders secondary to depression, because of its beneficial effects on mood. Of special concern are people who are just beginning to experience deterioration in their cognitive function. In addition, Ginkgo biloba extract appears to be a safe drug, being well-tolerated, even in doses many times higher than those usually recommended.”(Warburton)

Ginkgo as an Antioxidant

As an antioxidant, ginkgo is particularly helpful in protecting the brain’s high proportion of unsaturated fats. Ginkgo Flavonoids protect those fats from oxidation, and the extract has “proven itself effective in improving memory, reducing the effects of head injury, improving concentration, accelerating learning, increasing blood flow and oxygenation of tissues throughout the body, improving the transmission of nerve signals, and generally improving brain function.” (Reuben)

Improved Circulation with Ginkgo

Best known for enhancing blood circulation, ginkgo relaxes the blood vessels and encourages blood flow to even the smallest capillaries, nourishing everything with oxygen-rich blood. “More than three hundred scientific papers have been published on ginkgo, many confirming that ginkgo stimulates blood flow feeding oxygen to tissues. Further-more, ginkgo delivers healing oxygen and blood not only to the healthy areas of the brain, but specifically to disease-damaged areas, actually bringing new life to an aging brain.”(Carper)
Each Capsule contains:

Ginkgo biloba Standardized 50:1 Extract (leaf)|60 mg
Ginkgo flavone glycosides (24%)|14.4 mg
Terpene lactones (6%)|3.6 mg
Non-medicinal ingredients: Rice powder, gelatin capsule (gelatin, purified water), vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).
1 capsule 3 times per day preferably with meals or as directed by a health professional.

* Ginkgo biloba extract is considered very safe; however, a small percentage of persons may experience mild stomach upset and headaches. As ginkgo markedly improves blood circulation, persons on blood thinning medication or who have blood clotting disorders, should check with a qualified health care practitioner before taking ginkgo.
Brown D.J., “Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health: Your Everyday Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Care,” Prima Publishing; 1995

Carper J., “Stop Aging Now! The Ultimate Plan for Staying Young and Reversing the Aging Process,” HarperCollins, 1995

Interview with Dr. Mark Stengler, author of “The Natural Physician”Le Bars P., Katz L., Martin M., et al., “A Placebo-Controlled,Double-blind, Randomized Trial of an Extract of Ginkgo Biloba For Dementia,” JAMA, 278: 1327-1332; 1997

Reuben C., “Antioxidants: Your Complete Guide”, Prima Publishing; 1995

Subhan Z., Hindmarch I., “The psychopharmacological effects of ginkgo biloba extract in normal healthy volunteers,” Int JClin Pharmacal Res, 4 (2): 89-93; 1984

Warburton D.M., “Clinical psychopharmacology of Ginkgo Biloba extract,” Presse Med, 15 (31): 1595-1604; Sept 25,1986

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