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Ginkgo ineffective at preventing Alzheimer's disease.

Long-term use of ginkgo biloba supplements does not prevent Alzheimer's disease or slow its progression, researchers concluded in a study published online Sept. 5 in The Lancet Neurology. French investigators assigned more than 2,800 people over age 70 to receive a twice-daily dose of ginkgo biloba (120 mg) or a placebo. At the outset, the study participants did not have dementia but had reported memory complaints to their primary care doctors. After a five-year follow-up period, 4 percent of people in the ginkgo biloba group were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, compared to 5 percent in the placebo group--a statistically insignificant difference--the researchers reported. The take-home message: Ginkgo biloba supplements do not appear to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementias. Adopting a heart-healthy life-style--optimizing blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight through a proper diet and exercise--and staying mentally and socially active may reduce your dementia risk.

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Publication:Men's Health Advisor
Date:Nov 1, 2012
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