Ginkgo Biloba Extract May Improve Cognitive Function after Stroke

A new study suggests that an extract of ginkgo biloba in combination with aspirin may promote cognitive functioning after a stroke. Ginkgo biloba extract is an herbal supplement received from the ginkgo tree, also known as maidenhair tree, native to China.ginkgo biloba tree

For the study, a team of scientists from China enrolled 348 adults with average age 64 from five hospitals in China Jiangsu Province. All the patients experienced an ischemic stroke within the past 7 days.

The scientists note that at 12 and 30 days after treatment, those patients who were treated with both ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin showed better functional capacity that those who received aspirin only demonstrating fewer neurobiological impairments such as speech problems and muscle weakness.

The Chinese researchers write in their paper: “The study demonstrated that patients with stroke who received GBE (Ginkgo biloba extract] and aspirin manifested better memory function, executive functions, neurological function, and daily life. Additionally, the safety data analysis demonstrated that GBE did not increase the incidence of adverse events.”

Diet Soda Connected to the Higher Risk of Stroke and Dementia

A new study, executed by the team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, associated drinking diet soda on a daily basis to both stroke and dementia.diet soda linked to the risk of stroke and dementia

The research tracked 2,888 persons aged 45 and over for the development of a stroke and 1,484 participants aged 60 and over for dementia within a 10-year period. Having analyzed the received results, the study concluded that those who reported drinking at least 1 artificially sweetened drink every day, compared to less than 1 weekly, were 2.96 times more likely to have an ischemic stroke, and 2.89 times more likely to develop dementia.

Christopher Gardner, director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, says: “… the bottom line is, ‘Have more water and have less diet soda.’ And don’t switch to real soda.”