Posted on 06-17-2015
I recently had a patient email me in regard to her symptoms while going to Denver from Phoenix. I thought her symptoms and my response might help others experiencing these symptoms as well. Here is a copy of our conversation.
I have a question about Ginkgo Biloba.
Do you recommend I take Ginko Biloba before going to higher elevations?
I believe I had a slight case of Mountain,elevation,or altitude sickness this weekend in Alamosa 8000 ft.
Had a little nausea, No appetite and energy level very low.
Occasional shortness of breath.
When we returned home I was fine.
BP 121/73 pulse 62
Energy level was back to normal.
Have a flight to Denver scheduled end of July. If the Ginkgo will help what strength do you suggest.
With your hiking experience I thought you'd be the one to ask also..
Amount Per Serving:
Milk Thistle Extract ... 80mg
(Seed) (Standardized to 80% Silymarin)
Bilberry Extract ... 100mg
(Berries) (Standardized to 25% Anthocyanidins)
Ginkgo Extract ... 40mg
(Leaves) (Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides and 6% Terpene Lactones)
Grape Seed Extract ... 100mg
(Standardized to 50% Polyphenols)
Green Tea Extract ... 80mg
(Decaffeinated, Standardized to 35% EGCG)
Cranberry Juice Extract ... 100mg
Hawthorn Extract ... 100mg
(50% as Berry and 50% as Leaves and Flowers) (Standardized to 1.8% Vitexin-2-O-Rhamnoside)
Taking each of these products prior to your trip and certainly during the trip should definitely help. A dosage of 1 capsule three times per day a few days prior and while on your trip should be sufficient. If you are doing any extensive exercise or going to even higher elevations, then you can increase the dosage to two capsules three times per day for those days only.
I hope this answers your question and I hope you have a great trip!
Yours In Health,
Dr. P. Scott Timko
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