Ginkgo biloba is a natural GABA inhibitor and is very effective at increasing memory. It has historically been used in elderly patients to improve memory.  It's also a powerful antioxidant and improves blood flow.  Ginkgo biloba is effective at lowering GABA levels in patients with DS and ultimately improves memory and learning.  Many children and adults with DS suffer from circulatory problems as well.  Ginkgo can help both circulation and memory.  Taking the right dose is key.  Taking too much, especially in children, can cause seizures.  Taking too little can just be ineffective.  It's important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner when starting a Ginkgo regimen.











Source: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia in Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities

              By Vee P. Prasher


Trisomy 21 Research Foundation does not recommend starting GB before 3 years of age, due to a possible risk of seizures. But, there are many families who have started GB on their children who are well under 3 years old with no ill effects. Ultimately it is up to the parents and their practitioner and if they feel it is safe for their young child. Just make sure you do your research and make sure you are convinced it is the right thing to do at that time.

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