Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease with Ginkgo

Prevent Alzheimers Disease with Ginkgo
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Alzheimer’s disease is a common, severe, and progressive disease that affects memory and other cognitive functions. An affected individual gradually loses intellectual, thinking, and social skills. Despite massive prevalence, the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, but scientists explain that a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors play a role. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and if you are looking for a natural way to prevent it, gingko might be the solution you need.

Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

First, it is important to bear in mind that ginkgo is not a cure* for Alzheimer’s and it will not magically erase the disease. In fact, the cure* for this serious disease does not exist, and treatment options focus on management of symptoms and slowing progression. Of course, you should do your best to have a healthy lifestyle and reduce* the risk of Alzheimer’s, and ginkgo fits perfectly here.

The primary reason why it can help prevent Alzheimer’s is due to the positive effect on cognitive functioning. A study whose findings were published in the Experimental Neurology discovered that ginkgo biloba treatment could block the age-dependent decline in spatial cognition without altering ?-amyloid levels in mice.

Scientists from Oxford carried out a review of studies whose primary objective was to assess the efficacy and safety of ginkgo biloba for the treatment of patients with cognitive decline and dementia. They discovered that patients who received gingko experienced improvement in cognition and function without adverse effects. These findings also stress the importance of further research on this topic.

Ginkgo Increases* Stem Cell Growth

Supplementation with ginkgo biloba may help to fight memory loss and cognitive impairments linked to dementia by encouraging stem cell growth and development of neural stem cells, according to a study that appeared in the Neural Regeneration Research. This particular study examined the effects of ginkgo biloba extract on the formation of neurons in rat brains.

The team of researchers discovered that ginkgo biloba extract enhances* proliferation of neural stem cells in the subventricular zone and significantly improves* learning and memory in rats with vascular dementia.

Therefore, not only can ginkgo help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s but it also benefits those affected by these severe conditions. For instance, a group of scientists from Germany discovered that ginkgo improves* cognition and accompanying psychopathological symptoms in patients with Alzheimer’s disease without harmful consequences.

Ginkgo Benefits Info

Different Ways Ginkgo Prevents Alzheimer’s (Or Helps Manage It)

Ginkgo is not a modern-day remedy. In fact, it has been used for centuries in China and other Asian countries. They used it to treat* a wide array of diseases and conditions from memory loss to blood disorders. Ginkgo has the potential to keep your brain healthy, which is important for lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Below, you can see different ways ginkgo can help you prevent Alzheimer’s disease or slow its progression:

  • Boosts* mental capabilities and increases* focus and concentration
  • Help fight depression and anxiety.
  • Protects brain neurons
  • Improves* antioxidant activity
  • Provides anti-inflammatory effects

Tips To Decrease* Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Increase* intake of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Avoid consuming too much alcohol
  • Try Mediterranean diet
  • Control your blood pressure and keep it in a healthy range
  • Socialize
  • Keep your brain challenged through mind-engaging activities
  • Exercise regularly

Conclusion

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people in the US. A combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors play a role in the onset and progression of the disease. A healthy lifestyle is an important strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and supplementation with ginkgo biloba poses as an effective way to prevent and manage cognitive decline. Of course, before you decide to use ginkgo, consult your doctor.

References

  • http://www.sjzsyj.org/CN/article/openArticlePDF.jsp?id=634
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21170694
  • https://brain-center.net/brain-information/prevent-alzheimers-disease-ginkgo/
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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.