Ginkgo for Leg Cramps -
Does It Help with the Pain?
Thinking of using ginkgo for leg cramps?
When the legs do not get sufficient blood flow,
it can lead to painful cramps and difficulty walking or standing for
any length of time. The pain or discomfort usually occurs in the calf muscles.
The technical term is intermittent claudication and it is commonly due to fatty
deposits inside the blood vessels leading to reduced blood flow.
a diet low in fats (responsible for clogging the blood vessels), avoid
smoking and engage in mild physical activity such as walking. These are
the first steps to take to prevent the problem from getting worst.
Let's find out how ginkgo can be helpful in treating and curing leg
Ginkgo for Leg Cramps - How It Works and Research Studies
What do health
experts in Germany and
France suggest for leg cramps? Ginkgo biloba. A study done in France
showed that taking this herb improved blood flow to the lower legs in
75% of the volunteers.
How does this
herb work to improve blood flow?
contains many active chemicals that show a variety of health benefits.
Two of them, terpene lactones and flavone glycosides are known to
dilate blood vessels as well as reduce inflammation.
Moreover, flavonoids found in ginkgo are potent antioxidants
and help to protect against free radical damage to the delicate blood
Keep in mind that the improvements are modest and experts believe that walking exercises can be just as beneficial.
Dose to Use
recommended dose is 40 mg taken
three times daily with meals. It may take up to four weeks of treatment
before you can expect noticeable results.
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