In a large collection of impressive studies, Ginkgo Biloba, an herbal supplement extracted from the leaves of the ginkgo tree, has been shown to improve alertness and memory functions. Long-term use has been shown to increase the number of acetylcholine receptors in the brain—this means that when acetylcholine is released in the brain it becomes more active because there are more receptor molecules to receive it. (Giuffre, Kenneth, MD., with Teresa Foy DiGeronimo. The Care and Feeding of Your Brain. NJ: Career Press, 1999, p 232)

Johns Hopkins Study: doses of a standardized extract from the leaves of the ginkgo tree can prevent or reduce brain damage in genetically engineered mice after an induced stroke. According to Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., lead researcher, if further work confirms these studies, a daily regimen of ginkgo for people at high risk of stroke could theoretically be recommended as a preventive measure against brain damage. Ginko is prescribed in Europe and Asia for memory loss. (Mouse studies suggest daily dose of ginkgo may prevent brain cell damage after a stroke. Physorg.com. October 2008. Article.)

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