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How Does Ginkgo Work?

It is not exactly clear how ginkgo works. It seems that there is a wide variety of different active compounds in ginkgo, and it is thought that it is probably a combination of several of these active compounds that is responsible for the actions of ginkgo. Some of these compounds have "blood-thinning" properties, helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together. Other compounds work as antioxidants, protecting cells from free radical damage. Ginkgo may also help to prevent cell damage caused by beta-amyloid proteins (which may contribute to Alzheimer's disease). There are several other theoretical effects of ginkgo (that have been demonstrated in laboratory studies, but not yet in humans) that may also contribute to the actions of ginkgo.
 

Ginkgo Use in Children

It is not known if medicinal use of ginkgo is safe for children. Keep in mind that children may be more sensitive to the effects and toxicities of medications or supplements. Check with your child's healthcare provider before giving your child ginkgo for any purpose.
 
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