The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    CAM for heart disease: Current state of the evidence

    During a seminar at the American Heart Association 2006 meeting titled “The Science Behind Popular Nutrition Claims,” medical researchers summarized the research on a number of complementary options to “help maintain a healthy heart.”

    Here is a summary of the Medscape article. Links to more info are highlighted.

    Stanols

    • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol 10% when taken at maximum doses (2 to 3 grams per day).

    Policosanol

    • Not recommended because 4 recently published human studies reported no effect on LDL cholesterol.
    • These results contradict earlier studies done in Cuba.
    • More background here.

    Lipoic acid

    • Data are “confusing,” but it appears to be of benefit to treat diabetic neuropathy.
    • The best dose needs to be determined.

    Coenzyme Q10

    • Preliminary evidence supports coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone, ubiquinol, and ubidecarenone) to treat heart failure.
    • But it’s unclear which patients benefit.
    • More background here.

    Vitamin E

    • Overall, the evidence doesn’t support vitamin E to prevent/treat heart disease.
    • However, one study in older women reported a reduction in death from heart disease.

    B6 and folate

    • For patients with heart disease, observational data suggested a benefit of B6 and folate, because they lower homocysteine levels.
    • Major studies have failed to confirm this.
    • More here, and here.

    Green tea

    • Data are mixed, but claims of its efficacy are founded on its well-documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
    • Lots more here.

    12/6/06 20:19 JR

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