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Ginkgo biloba helps to prevent cancer

January 11, 2014 by Karen Sanders, staff writer   

Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 by Karen Sanders, staff writer 


(NaturalHealth365) The statistics are grim. In 2013, the American Cancer Society expects over 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the United States with cancer deaths at around 580,000 Americans per year. The organization adds that breast cancer alone will strike roughly 1 out of 8 women – at some point in their life.

However, there is occasion for hope. Medical researchers, who continue to explore the potential of both pharmaceutical and herbal substances to prevent and treat cancer, report that extracts from the leaves of the ancient ginkgo biloba tree could serve as a valuable weapon against this devastating disease.

Scientific research raves about the benefits of ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is one of the best-selling – and most thoroughly-studied – herbal supplements in the world. It is a powerful antioxidant, and has antibacterial and antifungal effects as well. The University of Maryland Medical Center, which credits the herb with opening constricted blood vessels and helping to decrease the stickiness of blood platelets, reports that its neuroprotective effects may help it fight Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Herbalists and natural healers use ginkgo to improve memory, alleviate headaches, increase concentration, boost the immune system, detoxify the body and improve circulation.

How does ginkgo biloba fight cancer?

Two of ginkgo biloba’s major constituents – its groups of terpenoids and flavonoids – have powerful antioxidant properties in their own right. Antioxidants scavenge destructive free radicals in the body, prevent damage to cell DNA, and can head off the oxidative damage that scientists believe contributes to the development of heart disease and cancer. The flavonoids in ginkgo biloba include quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamneten; catcehins — the same compounds that give green tea its healthful properties – are also present.

In addition, ginkgo biloba contains the steroid-like substances beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol, which are anti-inflammatory agents. Finally, ginkgo biloba contains condensed tannins known as proanthocyanidins. Animal studies have supported proanthocyanidins’ ability to inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

Can ginkgo biloba help protect us from nuclear radiation?

In one well-known 1995 study, published in Radiation Research, ginkgo biloba extracts reduced clastogenic factors in the blood plasma of salvage personnel involved in cleanup after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Clastogenic factors are biomarkers of oxidative stress that appear in the blood of people who have been irradiated. After two months of treatment with ginkgo biloba extracts, there was regression or complete disappearance of the clastogenic factors in the subjects’ blood plasma.

Editor’s note: NaturalHealth365 continues to do extensive research on how to best protect ourselves in the ‘nuclear age’. Exposure to radiation is a serious health concern and we plan to reveal an exact protocol for preventing cellular damage – coming soon.

Ginkgo biloba proves to be anti-cancerous

In a scientific review, published in 2003, in Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology, researchers noted that cell and animal studies have supported the ability of ginkgo biloba’s terpenoids and flavonoids to fight cancer due to their antioxidant properties and gene-regulating effects. They stated that one of ginkgo biloba’s terpenoids, ginkgolide B, inhibited the reproductive abilities of highly aggressive breast cancer cells.

In a study published, in 2006, in Oral Oncology, researchers found that ginkgo biloba extracts induced apoptosis – or cell suicide – in mouth cancer cells by activating a substance called caspase-3. Noting that apoptosis had been confirmed by DNA fragmentation, the team described ginkgo biloba as a possible chemopreventative agent.

In yet another study, a month of treatment with ginkgo biloba inhibited mucosal lesions in 30 patients with gastric cancer. After measurement of tumors with an electron gastroscope, it was found that the extracts reduced the area of the tumors by a dramatic 73 percent.

Additional studies have supported ginkgo biloba’s ability to combat a variety of other cancers, including ovarian cancers. However, more clinical research into ginkgo biloba’s chemopreventative effect is needed.

What is the best way to consume ginkgo biloba?

Ginkgo biloba is available in extracts standardized to 24 to 32 percent flavonoids – also called flavones glycosides – and 6 to 12 percent terpenoids, also known as triterpene lactoids. You can find ginkgo biloba capsules, tablets and tinctures at health food stores on online; you can also purchase dried ginkgo leaves and brew them into a tea.

Ginkgo biloba can interact with prescription medications; naturally, you should check with your doctor before using it, especially if you take anticoagulant medications. Don’t use ginkgo biloba to treat cancer, unless you are under the supervision of a doctor. Ginkgo biloba side effects are uncommon, but can include nausea, headaches, dizziness and rash.

Ginkgo biloba can not only sharpen your concentration, improve your memory and elevate your mood – this detoxifying and beneficial herb may also hold the key to stopping cancer in its tracks

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Comment by Sarah on January 13, 2014 at 2:58pm

Hi Karen, I totally believe Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful anti toxin.

I hate that science has decided to rave about it though (I am not convinced that Cancer was not invented by Pharma itself as both a means of population control and/or, a cleverly developed disease to lure the masses into ill health treatable at  billions in cost.)

I believe most diseases of today AIDs/ Avian Flu/ Swine Flu etc are developed by Pharma, I have no hard evidence as such but, It stands to reason that Cancer/Aids / Specific Animal diseases never have been recorded in history prior to the 20th Century.

All recorded disease was poor men work related, it seems beyond suspect that degenerative diseases were to influx within a century (esp among the poorer and non elites).

Some may argue that science was not so advanced 50 years and more ago to detect such diseases hence no recording nor documentation but, all documentation presented from certain eras do state causes of death in exactation therefore providing a reason that denies the existence of 19th and 20th century invention .

I dont think science should be allowed to present natural substances as cures nor medicinal because, in doing so it takes away the actuality of these natural substances for the what they are.... God given nature treatments  and not pharma invented or pharma profit treatments.

Despite what pharma says, a cure for cancer will never be invented because imagine the loss of profit in finding a cure.

Treatment to date rakes in billions upon billions a year alone - Any science claims are merely to seem as if research is in progress and add hope to the ignorant masses who believe in it all. Where there is hope, their is belief and a following - Remember a patient cured is a customer lost. 

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