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What's a recommended Ginkgo Biloba dosage that's worked?

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I've spent considerable time reading a bunch of the previous "high altitude" threads and links in Epicski and have decided that before this trip to CO I'd try the Ginkgo Biloba route (as opposed to Diamox, etc..).
The consensus seems to be that the Ginkgo has helped in some but not all cases. I'm on no meds right now so there doesn't seem to be a looming side-effects issue.

Some history:
My last trip to significant altitude was about a month ago. Stayed right at Solitude/UT for 7 nights at about 8k. Had headaches earlier in the day on days 2 and 3 (none on the 1st day though, hmm..)
Also had the usual (high altitude) sleeping issues, waking up a lot, fitful sleep, etc.. the first couple nights. But I am quite the snore machine so that is surely part of the sleep problem. I think I'll try Melatonin this trip too...
I don't feel I've ever had serious issues in the past Western trips I've made but the first coupla day headaches are something I've learned to count on.

Back to the Ginkgo question...
Been taking two 30mg capsules twice a day for 3 days now (I believe I saw this dosage somewhere online) and plan to continue this regimen thru the 4 night trip. (I fly to Denver this coming Thurs afternoon and expect to be up in Winter Park by 8pm or so)

I also know that I'll have a drink or two on the plane out there, so there's one strike against me already. But I'll try and counteract that with a couple bottles of water.

I'll be skiing at Sol Vista the first day and that mountain peaks out at only 9k, the same as where I'll be sleeping in WP, so hopefully that's not a bad thing. (spending the first 24 hours between 8k and 9k)

What Ginkgo dosages have worked or are recommended by those that have tried this? Thanks a bunch!
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This link describes dosage based on the protocol of a recent study. There is no "recommended" dose, as the herb is still under investigation, and is as yet not endorsed by any medical body.

There are several recent threads on this as well, with comments by others much more knowledgeable than I.

Personal anecdote only - I took the above described dose while at Breckenridge recently, and experienced no symptoms - or side effects. This is however an individual experience only, your mileage may vary. Insert other medico-legal hedging and disclaimer statements here.:

Good Luck
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A little over a year ago, a study was summarized in Ski, Skiing, or Outdoor Life Magazine (sorry, I've forgotten the exact cite) suggesting 80-100 mg of Ginko Biloba, every day for one week prior to the high altitude trip and every day during the high altitude trip.

Of course, since supplements are not regulated as drugs or standardized, it's generally pill roulette about the effective dosage inside a bottle of "ginko biloba" no matter what it says on the label.

I tried that last year for a 10-day ski racing camp at Copper Mountain, where we trained above 11,500 and I came from sea level with asthma and bronchitis. I think it helped. (No altitude sickness aside from the general out of breath thing.)

In my experience, it's still awful trying to sleep at 9800 feet. (Which is why God or erosion made nearby valleys and real estate developers and the profit motive made acommodations there.) Copper Mountain and Breckenridge: 9800 feet. Glenwood Springs: About 4000 feet lower. (Save bucks each night on the room rate and manage to more than double your 3 hours sleep.) Good luck.

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Close----but no cigar sfdean. Breck's base is 9600 ft and Copper is about the same. Actually the Maggie Pond at Breckenridge is at that elevation.

William Tell------skip the drink and all the other stuff that otherwise occupies the blood stream----cigs/booze etc etc. Drink lots of water.

Also----If you are flying into Denver hang out for a few hours, if you can, instead of heading right up to the high country. Once you adjust to the "mile high" elevation in Denver after the plane ride, it becomes easier to adjust once you get to WP------If you stop peeing and start to spit up gooey red stuff, run, don't walk to the nearest health center.
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