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Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2011 Sep;66(3):209-11. doi: 10.1007/s11130-011-0234-4.

Acute effects of Ginkgo biloba extract on vascular function and blood pressure.

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Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, School of Medicine, King's College London, London, UK.


We investigated whether a single dose of standardized Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) can improve vascular function. A randomised controlled crossover trial was conducted on 14 young healthy men, who received GBE or placebo. The digital volume pulse was monitored to measure reflection index (DVP-RI) and stiffness index (DVP-SI) and peripheral augmentation index (pAIx) was assessed using radial pulse wave analysis at baseline and 2, 4 and 6 h after treatment. DVP-SI was slightly higher 2 h following GBE compared to placebo (Pā€‰<ā€‰0.05); other outcome variables were unaffected by treatment.

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