Ginkgo Biloba: Friend or Foe?
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that the popular supplement ginkgo biloba may cause cancer.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/ginkgo-biloba-friend-or-foe) notes, ginkgo biloba has held a place of prominence in the world of herbal remedies for most of the past decade. This herb has been touted for its ability to enhance memory and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Ginkgo biloba was found by Western medicine researchers to be high in antioxidants, and it has been shown to protect against oxidative damage in the brain, heart, and eyes. Ginkgo biloba has been prescribed to treat hearing problems, impotence, and macular degeneration, to name just a few conditions.
But as the article “Ginkgo Biloba: Friend or Foe?” reports, a recent study says the popular herbal supplement may cause cancer. The study was conducted by none other than the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and was addressed in the NTP’s Report on Carcinogens, published on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This report is based on a scientific study and is created to specifically address threats to public health in the form of toxins. These toxins can be classed as agents, substances, mixtures, or exposures, but they all have one thing in common: they potentially put people at an increased risk for getting cancer.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that, back in March, the NTP conducted a study that found that a dietary supplement of ginkgo caused cancer in lab animals. Researchers discovered that ginkgo biloba extract caused cancer in the thyroid glands of male and female rats. It also caused liver cancer in both male and female mice.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin outlines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated it won’t issue an alert based on one study. Critics of the study point out the animals may have been given excessively high doses of ginkgo biloba that are not similar to the dose an average human usually takes. However, experts supporting the NTP camp have countered that the testing would have been rigorous, professional, and of a very high standard.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by pointing out that, while the FDA has already stepped in to ban ginkgo biloba from food and drinks, it is hesitating when it comes to banning the herb from supplements; the FDA is concerned that the extract used for this study could be different from those that you are able to buy in stores and herbal pharmacies. Clearly, more studies are needed to definitively prove whether or not ginkgo biloba is a safe supplement. Until such time, Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin advises readers to consult their doctor before taking any ginkgo biloba supplement.
(SOURCE: Knowles, D., “Consumer group asks FDA to ban gingko biloba after study links supplement to cancer in mice and rats,” New York Daily News web site, June 3, 2013, last accessed June 6, 2013.)
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