Ginkgo biloba protects brain from metals

The natural way to protect your brain

When I got started in medicine, the idea of metals in the brain causing dementia and other conditions was laughed at by the mainstream.

I didn’t care.

I’d seen the science. I did the work. I treated people with detoxifying therapies.

Who’s laughing now? My patients often get BETTER, while the ones on mainstream drugs only get WORSE.

Now, the latest research backs one of the simplest, safest and most inexpensive ways to protect the brain from exposure to a dangerous metal.

It’s a form of aluminum called aluminum chloride.

Odds are, you have at least some of this stuff building up inside your own noggin right now, which is alarming when you consider that high levels have been linked to cognitive problems up to and including Alzheimer’s disease.

But you can arm your brain against this metal with a natural therapy that already has a solid reputation as a potent brain-booster: Ginkgo biloba.

In the study, rats were exposed to aluminum chloride. Then, some were given Ginkgo biloba extract. After three months, their brains were examined.

The ones that didn’t get the extract had exactly the kind of damage you’d expect from aluminum exposure. They had higher levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), a major marker of oxidative stress no doubt caused by the metal going to work on the brain.

The mice given the extract, however, had just the opposite.

They had LOWER levels of that oxidative stress marker, and HIGHER levels of glutathione, the powerful “mother of all antioxidants” known to protect against the damage of age as well as chronic diseases including dementia.

This isn’t surprising — that’s exactly how Ginkgo biloba works. It’s a free radical scavenger, blocking the damage of oxidative stress.

Of course, the best way to fight aluminum is to limit your exposure in the first place.

The most common source of this specific form of aluminum — aluminum chloride — is in something you might be using every morning: antiperspirant.

Along with giving you aluminum that’s absorbed by your skin, antiperspirants block a basic function. Sweat isn’t a nuisance; it’s actually a way your body forces out toxins.

Instead of plugging up those pores, try a natural deodorant instead.

Other forms of aluminum are in your food, water, and even in the air, so a naturally detoxifying diet and supplements such as gingko might be worth your effort even if you don’t use an antiperspirant.

If you suspect you might have higher levels of exposure to aluminum and other metals, get tested by a holistic medical doctor.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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