Extract from the leaves of the ginkgo tree offers promise to minimize brain damage caused by a stroke, scientists announced this week. The researchers said ginkgo may offer the same benefits in people — which would be particularly important because not much can be done to protect the brain after a stroke.

They tested ginkgo as a preventive medicine by giving it before the stroke and saw protection, but the other surprise was the potential therapeutic application of ginkgo — it was given after the stroke and the tests showed significant protection.

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