Poor old ginkgo biloba. It’s one of those herbs that skyrocketed into popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Then -- bam -- a few negative studies showing negligible results in treating dementia and ginkgo biloba’s stuck at home on date night eating ice cream with mom, dad, and the cats.

Well, I digress.

Truth is, ginkgo biloba’s got a lot more going for it than almost anyone in the medical world is willing to admit these days. Anyone except the scientists at Johns Hopkins Institutions, that is.

A recent study by Hopkins researchers has shown that supplementing with ginkgo biloba may reduce brain damage and neurobehavioral dysfunction from a stroke by a whopping 50 percent.

Of course, their testing was on mice. So they’ve got a ways to go to prove this will work for humans. But the researchers are optimistic.

According to researcher Sylvain Dore, “If further work confirms what we‘ve seen, we could theoretically recommend a daily regimen of ginkgo to people at high risk of stroke as a preventive measure against brain damage."

How about that for staging a comeback!