Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ginko supplements further debunked

Recently, I posted about how Ginko Biloba, a very popular herbal supplement, does not live up to its many and varied claims to boost your health and brain power.  Now, it seems like a review of the available research suggests that, not only does Ginko not have any significant benefits, but it may also be toxic as well, particularly if you have epilepsy or are taking anti-seizure medication.  Some of the reports in the review claim ginkotoxin may be linked to ailments as varied as Alzheimer's and liver disease.  Of course, just like I am skeptical whenever someone claims a supplement is a miracle treatment for numerous ailments,  I am also skeptical when one supplement is claimed as the cause to numerous ailments.  However, this research does add to a growing body of evidence that suggests that Ginko supplements (and teas and foods) are definitely not doing you any good (even if we remain skeptical about how much bad they are doing), so I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on this overrated plant.  If you want to boost your brain power, you are going to have to work out (both physically and mentally), or, if you need a quick fix, drink regular tea or coffee (as caffeine has been shown to enhance attention, focus, and memory).

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