Does Ginkgo Help People with Alzheimer’s Disease?
By Jane Hart, MD

Healthnotes Newswire (December 31, 2008)—Ginkgo extract has been shown to enhance thinking and memory (cognitive function) in people with dementia, although a new study has shown that the extract may not help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. As people age they may experience a normal decline in their ability to think and remember things. Dementia is a more serious disorder that significantly affects these abilities, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most well-known type, generally affecting people over the age of 55.

Herbs, such as Ginkgo biloba, and other dietary supplements may improve thinking and memory in people with age-related cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s disease is a relatively common disorder, and one that does not have many treatment options, it is important to understand the connection between such supplements and a person’s ability to think.

• Flex your mental muscles: The “use it or lose it” philosophy suggests that using your mind can help preserve cognitive functioning. Experts recommend playing games such as chess or doing crossword puzzles to help keep the mind challenged and healthy.

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