With Cathy Burkemper


Memory Loss & Heart Disease


Q: I am 67 years old and seem to be forgetting everything lately.  What kind of nutritional supplement can I take to keep this from getting worse?


A: There are several different supplements that you could take to improve your memory.  The most common supplement is Gingko Biloba.  It provides significant antioxidant protection against free radical damage to brain and nerve cells.  It is considered “brain food” as it increases blood circulation to the brain, increasing oxygen utilization.  Studies have shown that ginkgo delays the mental degeneration seen in early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Please note that since gingko reduces the clotting time of blood, this herb should not be used with other anticoagulant drugs or blood thinners.

L-Glutamine and Lecithin are also great choices for boosting the brain.  Lecithin is also a fat metabolizer which helps break down fat in the body, thereby lowering cholesterol.

Keep in mind that these things, especially the Ginkgo, take several weeks before you notice a difference in memory.  Be patient and consistent and you will increase your brain function.


Q: My father recently had a heart attack, as did my grandfather.  I am worried that I may have a heart problem in the future.   Someone told me that Hawthorn Berries were great for the heart.  Should I start taking them?


A: Hawthorn Berries are one of the best herbs you could take to strengthen your heart.  The berries, leaves and blossoms of hawthorn contain biologically active flavonoids, which prevent constriction of blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure.  It is also believed that hawthorn may also strengthen the force of contraction of the heart muscle, which could help assist those with heart failure.  Hawthorn is very nourishing for the heart and can be taken every day for prevention.


This herb information is for health education purposes only.  It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners.  Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.


Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins?  Send them to Cathy Burkemper, CNHP and Certified Herbalist.  Write to:  Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO  63011.