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Ginkgo extract protects against dementia
The Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761® (Tebonin®) apparently slows down memory loss. This is shown by new analyzes of a long-term French study with around 4000 study participants.
In a study by the University of Bordeaux funded by public funds, ginkgo extract for dementia has been shown to be a helpful treatment option. The long-term study focused on the Ginkgo special extract EGb 761®. It was tested for its effectiveness in preventing waning memory, loss of speech and diminishing visual memory.
3,612 non-dementia participants who were at least 65 years old at baseline were divided into three groups and compared: 589 participants took EGb761®, 149 participants took piracetam, a conventional anti-dementia drug, and 2874 participants reported neither EGb761® nor piracetam to have.
Preserving memory performance For the study participants who had taken EGb 761®, the mental performance deteriorated significantly more slowly over 20 years than for those who did not take any active ingredient for memory protection. In the case of participants who had taken piracetam due to memory disorders, the performance deteriorated even more significantly.
Speak better and remember pictures With regard to the fluence of words and visual memory, the result for EGb 761® was similarly positive. There was no difference between the EGb761® group and the group that did not take either medication. However, the deterioration in the Piracetam group also occurred significantly faster here. (Amieva H, Meillon C, Helmer C, Barberger-Gateau P, Dartigues JF. Ginkgo biloba extract and long-term cognitive decline. A 20-year follow-up population-based study. PLOS one 2012; 8 (1): e52755 )
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