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Forget Ginkgo Biloba

Years ago, when I had a particularly difficult time due to the ending of a long-term relationship, I decided I needed some help. I'm not much for drugs, but I did a lot of research about St. John's Wort. Despite my skepticism (most herbal remedies that I have checked out are bunk), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there's a lot of research which indicates that it's effective. I started taking it and it worked wonders for me.

Since I've decided to pay more attention to my health, today is my second day of taking ginkgo biloba and walking to work. Now while walking to work can have clear benefits, I wasn't too sure about ginkgo biloba's ability to improve my memory. As a result, I just started what I did with St. John's Wort: I've been researching.

With St. John's Wort, there was a clear link established between regular consumption of standardized amounts of the active ingredient and improvements to mental well-being. However, I've heard so much about ginkgo's ability to enhance memory that I didn't even bother to question it. Well, that's stupid. Blindly following the herd is anathema to me; I shouldn't be paying attention to the marketing and not finding out for myself. So I did. I read about study after study. The results were the same: I can forget about ginkgo biloba. I was another fish on a marketing hook. I failed to think for myself and wasted my money. I suppose, in that sense, that ginkgo did improve my thinking :) I'm going to go home and throw away the bottle.

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hehe :)
sometimes just thinking something will work is helpful too, obviously not for you... but for some people! :)
Don't throw it away! Just take it. What have you to lose? It is wasteful to throw it away. Try it... it most likely won't HURT you, right?

Even if it is psychosomatic, the placebo effect works, man! Give it a try, but, jeebus, don't throw it away. At worst, give it to me!
No placebo effect here

Don't get me wrong, I do believe in the placebo effect. However, if you read up on these studies (I ignored the ones that weren't double-blind) then you see that even the control groups that thought they were taking ginkgo biloba did not experience any benefits. If a placebo effect were working, it would have been noticed. A placebo effect my make a headache go away, but it's hardly going to make the brain work better (after all, I'm sure Cheney pats Bush on the back and tells him that he's not so dumb, but Bush seems dumber than ever).

St.John's Wort has been used in Sweden for years... they put it in liquor (usually vodka), let it steep a few months and drink it as a regular herbal schnapps. Happy times!

I've never used Ginko. However Cordyceps is a great chinese fungus, great for energy, improving sleep patterns, all sorts of things. My naturopath percribed me some last year, they helped me break my coffee addiction. Getting good quality supplements makes -all- the difference, since there's not any strict regulatory agency.

On the subject of memory. Memory, just like other parts of your body, use it or lose it. Old memories, in order to maintained, should be revisited regularly.