Ginkgo Biloba, Horny Goat Weed and Niacin

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“A king has his reign and then he dies. It’s inevitable.” – Meredith Vickers from the film Prometheus.

For most human beings, the quality of living was just as important as length of one’s life span. Part of my quality of living had composed of an ability to interact on an intellectual level. According to some studies, Ginkgo Biloba, as a supplement, had offered no improvement in memory recall in contrasting to placebo. From my own personal experience, I had seen focus and cognitive ability improve substantially, although in spurts. This improvement had matched similar experiences from doing intense cardio workouts for 30 – 60 minutes. Now before proclaiming a silver bullet for the brain, this dietary supplement had come with a few strings. Based on my personal history with anemia, plus a friend with hypertension, this supplement had required care in usage. A person had needed to be in good health for working Gingko into a daily regimen. My friend’s experience with Gingko had left a feeling of being on the edge of coming undone (i.e. high blood pressure). So in the end, if you had internal bleeding or other cardiovascular problems, I had thought important to say, ”Stay away!”

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Combining Horny Goat Weed and Niacin with Gingko, this concoction had provided a small performance increase at the gym. All three of these agents had an interesting property of dilating blood vessels. This substitution had offered a possible replacement from caffeine, sugar, or even the milder Green Tea Extract. Perhaps, this had been the reason for relatively calming effect on my body in the morning. For reference, Niacin had also offered the possibility of lowering bad cholesterol but, with a caveat of daily dose for an adult male (age 41) 35 mg per day. Horny Goat Weed on the other hand, had provided a mix bag for long term usage, with possible positive and negative outcomes. Addressing the 800 lb. pound gorilla or horny goat in the room, I had lacked any story about the potential for increasing one’s libido.

Trying a few different combinations with multiple vitamins and a la carte, I had settled on Pro Lab’s rendition. In summary, Gingko Biloba had received a spot in my hoard of dietary supplements. Why? It had provided a boost in intellectual capacity. It had improved the quality of living before the “inevitable.”

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As always, consult with a medical profession before making changes to your diet and/or review any possible adverse drug interactions.

Read More:

Ginkgo Biloba (webmd)

Ginkgo Biloba (mayoclinic.com)

Ginkgo Biloba (Wikipedia)

What is Niacin Flush? (about.com)

Tribulus Terrestris Uses and Risks (webmd)

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