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Ginkgo found ineffective in preventing memory loss

According to a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the supplement GINKGO do not provide any help in preventing memory decline or decline in any other cognitive task.

"Compared with placebo, the use of G. biloba, 120 milligrams twice daily, did not result in less cognitive decline in older adults," the authors of the study concluded.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study is the largest of its kind, having followed 3,069 older adults (72 to 96 years old) who started the trial with no or only mild cognitive impairment. After following the individuals for six years, administering regular testing and interviewing people close to them, the researchers found that those who had been given gingko pills performed the same in memory, language, attention, visuo-spatial judgment and executive function tests as those in the placebo group.

The study was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.



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