Dr Shannon Klekociuk
Ginkgo biloba is an extract taken from the Ginkgo tree, that’s been used in ancient medicines for centuries.
Some evidence suggests that Ginkgo may have anti-inflammatory properties, and that it may help increase blood flow to the brain.
Ginkgo can be taken as an oral supplement or in a tea, and many researchers have looked at whether Ginkgo might be beneficial for a range of different diseases, including those that cause dementia.
Some studies have reported potential benefits of Ginkgo to those with Alzheimer’s Disease or Vascular Dementia, in terms of improving their cognition. However, this finding is not consistent across all studies.
In a recent meta-analysis, researchers were unable to identify any clinically meaningful changes in cognition, activities of daily living, quality of life and psychiatric symptoms, that were related to Ginkgo consumption in people with various diseases that cause dementia.
Other studies of healthy, older adults have failed to find any benefit of Ginkgo supplements for reducing incidence of dementia.
To date, there is no evidence to suggest that Ginkgo can prevent or cure dementia.