Supplements 101 and Gingko Biloba

My father in law, Bobby, bought a bunch of fancy spice racks when he moved into his new house.  He threw away all the spices and replaced them with supplement bottles.  If the GNC or Whole foods has it in a bottle marked “all-natural” then he has it too. Selenium, Saw Palmetto, St. John’s Wort, Xylitol, Super-oxygenated water (yes!), kavakavakava, Ginkgo Biloba, Grapeseed extract…just to name more than a few.

Here’s my two cents: in all of the litany/catologue of the “natural” solutions you might want to try it is unlikely that more than one or two are truly appropriate.  In those cases the dosage needs to be monitored and your physician needs to be aware that you are on it.  A great example of a good supplement gone bad is Ginkgo biloba…it has been shown to improve memory, but it can also cause easy bleeding…so if you take it your doctor needs to be aware of it (what if you were at risk for stroke and she also has you taking aspirin?  You could be in big trouble).

If you think I’m just a naysaying western trained physician here is my advice: Do some research on a well trained MD or nutritionist that has studied these supplements in detail and then approach them about what you should and shouldn’t take.  If they recommend that you take all of them…find another practitioner. If they recommend that you take only the ones they sell….find another practitioner.  A reasonable, competent provider should be able to help you decide what exotic supplements might help and which might hurt based on your other medications and conditions.

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14 Responses to Supplements 101 and Gingko Biloba

  1. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  2. Usana says:

    Hi D1sportsdocs,
    I take your point, Including natural ingredients into your diet is one of the best decisions you could ever make towards the promotion of your good health. While there are many kinds of products out there that advertise the use of natural ingredients, you need to make sure they are quality ingredients and research that product and the manufacturer.
    Vitamin Supplements

  3. Usana says:

    Hi D1sportsdocs,
    I know what you mean, In the recent years, natural supplements have gained a lot of popularity in improving health and overall well being. Naturally, you can also find supplements beneficial for your memory improvement.
    Keep up the good work
    Vitamin Supplements

    • Govindam says:

      Gingko Biloba is a natural herb based praiprateon that stimulates circulation in the brain area and claims to aid thinking and memory.But you’re 19 and thats quite young to have memory problems. Are you eating and sleeping properly? Also, are you stressing out about anything or do you have unresolved issues?Be kind to yourself, making sure you eat and sleep well.

    • Pablo says:

      Dont know much about it, but I think you should alywas be carefull when taking herbal remeadies. I would say seek indendpent advise, but thats not alywas easy because you will probably get told anything when they want you to buy it!

      • Gudrun says:

        The one website I would NOT remnmceod is Puritans Pride. They say that they have great deals, but their great deals aren’t so good at all. I have purchased most of my supplements from, what is important is that you research the makers of some products, such as Krill oil or Fish oil. I personally opted for Olympian Labs because they seem to be fair in price. Another way to check before you buy is to try and find out where the ingredients come from. If ingredients come from China then I opt out too much contamination.Depending on what supplements you are looking for you also might want to visit the manufacturer’s website to get as much info as possible. I think that some online shops do have pretty good deals.This is how I usually do this: I google best price for Krill Oil and hit enter somewhere in the listing of suppliers is one from Biz Rate. I click on that to compare prices and then click on the provided link(go to store)to get to the webpage of the seller that usually gives you the website ..Good luck

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