Is this news? Not to Steven Novella, MD, an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine, who appeared on the April 26, 2011 episode of the Dr. Oz Show and argued this very point. Dr. Novella stated during that episode that the evidence to support the use of Ginkgo Biloba was inconclusive and Dr. Oz pushed back. (See http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alternative-medicine-controversy-pt-1)
As I wrote in my last blog about other supplements and you may have just seen at the link above, Dr. Oz hasn't always been so neutral about recommending Ginkgo.
Still not convinced?
Check out the following links to see for yourself.
Here's a video I plucked today from his website that shows another previous episode of his show.
Here's a quote from a website called Realage.com in which he has an ownership stake:
Extracts of Ginkgo biloba can be used to treat the following:
- limping due to insufficient peripheral blood flow (disorders of peripheral circulation, or intermittent claudication)
- memory loss due to general mental deterioration (dementia) or physical disorders that cause a decrease in mental function (organic brain syndrome)
- dizziness (vertigo) and ringing in the ears (tinnitus), originating from insufficient blood supply to the inner ear"
Here's another quote from Sharecare.com, a website he jointly owns and which purchased Realage.com.
"What are the benefits of Ginkgo Biloba?