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Brain Booster Also Delivers Powerful Hearing Support …
Ginkgo biloba is famous as a brain booster. Especially in Europe, where many doctors use it for patients who suffer from confusion, brain fog, or memory loss. Modern studies show Ginkgo is effective for cognition problems.1
But Ginkgo has another use. One that could fill your world with richer, clearer sound. You see, this brain booster also delivers powerful hearing support.
Potent Effects Work on More Than Just Your Brain
Ginkgo can have a dramatic effect on brain fog. For one thing, it’s loaded with antioxidants. Including antioxidants that work directly in the brain. Another reason is its ability to boost circulation.
Back in 1990, German doctors tested Ginkgo on a group of volunteers. They measured circulation both before and after the group took Ginkgo. Overall, Ginkgo boosted circulation. And in the tiny blood vessels under the volunteers, it boosted circulation up to 57%.2
Circulation in these tiny vessels is called “microcirculation.” It’s important, because it’s through these tiny vessels nutrients are delivered to vital organs.
Organs including your brain.
Another group of German scientists showed just how well Ginkgo works. They looked at 39 areas of the brains of animals. Giving their subjects Ginkgo boosted circulation in these areas by 50 – 100%.3
And in 1996, an international team showed Ginkgo boosts circulation in the inner ear, too. In two different scenarios, Ginkgo increased circulation in the inner ears of their animal subjects.4
Which means Ginkgo can help get the nutrients you need to maintain healthy hearing.
And that’s not where the evidence stops, either.
Success Against All Sorts of Hearing Problems
All sorts of causes can lead to hearing trouble. Loud noises… illnesses… even drugs.
That’s right. Hearing loss is a side effect of several common drugs. And Ginkgo has been shown an effective defense against at least two.
Doctors working in Taiwan applied one of these drugs directly into the ears of animal subjects. This resulted in permanent damage to tiny “hair cells” deep in the subjects’ ears. But when the doctors gave their subjects Ginkgo before applying the drug, there was far less damage to their hair cells.5
Hair cells aren’t literally hairs – they’re much, much smaller than actual hairs. Their movement is a critical step in the hearing process. And they’re among the most delicate structures in your ear. So defending them from damage can go a long way towards keeping sounds clear and sharp.
In test tube and animal studies, Korean doctors showed Ginkgo extract also defends hair cells against damage from a second drug.6
And other studies suggest Ginkgo may even help defend against age-related damage to the inner ear.7
Ginkgo Delivers Even More Hearing Defenses
French researchers tested Ginkgo against a more traditional substance for a common type of hearing loss centered in the cochlea – a key structure in the inner ear.
Neither the patients nor their doctors knew who was getting Ginkgo. At the end of the trial, both groups had made good progress. But the people who took Ginkgo had improved far more.8
Sudden hearing loss for no clear reason is more common than you might realize. Doctors call these cases “idiopathic.” And they’re frustrating… for both doctor and patient.
From 1995 – 1997, scientists found 106 volunteers who had suffered this type of hearing loss within the previous 10 days. All the volunteers had suffered a hearing loss of at least 15 decibels within the range of normal speech.
Some of the volunteers took 12 mg of Gingko extract twice a day. The rest took 120 mg twice daily.
After 8 weeks, most people in both groups had recovered completely, with the 120 mg group recovering more quickly.9
Still More Ginkgo Success Stories
Sometimes bacteria and viruses can cause irritation deep in your ear. A similar situation can develop when toxins get into the ear. Along with pain, these invaders can trigger hearing loss.
Korean doctors gave some animals Ginkgo before introducing a toxin into their inner ears. Then the doctors gave them three more doses of Ginkgo. Other animals only received the toxin.
After 3 days, the Ginkgo group had far less damage to the delicate structures in their ears. In fact, two layers of hair cells that showed damage in the toxin-only group showed no damage at all in the Ginkgo group.10
Finally, to the frustration of ringing in the ears.
We still don’t understand exactly what causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. A recent study looked at brain activity in people with ringing vs. those without.
The study found more brain activity than they expected in those with ringing ears. And activity in several areas of the brain not linked to hearing. It may be a first step towards understanding of this complex problem.
Until then, a number of studies have found Ginkgo may help ease the problem.11 Not all studies have had positive results… but with Ginkgo’s many other benefits, it’s certainly worth a try.
Getting More Out of Your Ginkgo
Ginkgo alone is a useful herb – for circulation, mental clarity, hearing, and more. But combined with other nutrients to support your hearing, the results can be remarkable.
That’s why Ginkgo is an important component of Best Life Herbals’ hearing formula, Tympanol. Along with Ginkgo biloba, Tympanol delivers 14 other vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutrients designed to give you maximum hearing support.
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Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Luo, Y., “Ginkgo biloba neuroprotection: Therapeutic implications in Alzheimer’s disease,” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2001;3(4): 401-407.
2 Jung, F., et al, “Effect of Ginkgo biloba on fluidity of blood and peripheral microcirculation in volunteers,” Arzneimittel-Forschung. 1990; 40(5): 589-593.
3 Krieglstein, J., et al, “Influence of an extract of Ginkgo biloba on cerebral blood flow and metabolism,” Life Sciences. Dec 15, 1986; 39(24): 2327-2334.
4 Didier, A., et al, “Effects of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) on cochlear vasculature in the guinea pig: morphometric measurements and laser Doppler flowmetry,” European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. Jan 1996; 253(1): 25-30.
5 Yang, T.H., et al, “EGb 761 (Ginkgo biloba) protects cochlear hair cells against ototoxicity induced by gentamicin via reducing reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide-related apoptosis,” The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Sep 2011; 22(9): 886-894.
6 Choia, S.J., et al, “Gingko biloba extracts protect auditory hair cells from cisplatin- induced ototoxicity by inhibiting perturbation of gap junctional intercellular communication,” Neuroscience. Aug 2013; 244(6): 49-61.
7 Nevado, J., et al, “Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb761) protects against aging-related caspase-mediated apoptosis in rat cochlea,” Acta Oto-Laryngologica. 2010; 130(10): 1101-1112.
8 Dubreuil, C., “Therapeutic trial in acute cochlear deafness. A comparative study of Ginkgo biloba extract and nicergoline,” Presse Medicale (Paris, France : 1983). 1986; 15(31): 1559-1561.
9 Burschka, M.A., et al, “Effect of treatment with Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 (oral) on unilateral idiopathic sudden hearing loss in a prospective randomized double-blind study of 106 outpatients,” European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. Jul 2001; 258(5): 213-219.
10 Janga, C.H.,et al, “Effect of Ginkgo biloba extract on endotoxin-induced labyrinthitis,” International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.Jul 2011; 75(7): 905-909.
11 von Boetticher, A, “Ginkgo biloba extract in the treatment of tinnitus: a systematic review,” Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. Jul 28, 2011.
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and disease.
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