Ginkgo biloba reduces oxidative stress and inflammation after stroke

In this study, 31 people who had suffered a blood-clot type stroke continued taking conventional stroke rehabilitation therapy, with or without 1,500 mg of ginkgo biloba per day.

At the start of the study, doctors measured signs of oxidative stress, inflammation, and antioxidant levels in the blood. Researchers also compared blood samples from 30 healthy volunteers and found those with stroke had higher levels of oxidative stress, more high-sensitivity C-reactive protein—a sign of inflammation—and lower total antioxidant levels.

After 30 days, both stroke groups had less oxidative stress, inflammation, and better antioxidant levels, but the ginkgo biloba group saw a much greater decrease in C-reactive protein, and a much larger increase in total circulating antioxidants. 

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