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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    Recommendations for n3 fatty acids for heart health

    Many studies show a correlation between n-3 fatty acids (FAs; aka omega-3 fatty acids) and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

    Now, a review of published studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gets specific.

    It concludes that increased consumption of the n-3 FAs (ie, eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA)] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA], but not alpha-linolenic acid), either through fish or supplements or both, reduces the rates of mortality, myocardial infarction (MI; heart muscle damage from a blockage), and sudden cardiac death (SCD; death due to electrical problems in the heart).

    Evidence was strongest in secondary-prevention trials (ie, patients who have had MI or SCD previously), but was also present in primary-prevention studies (ie, patients who did not have these events previously).

    In an accompanying editorial, intake recommendations from the American Heart Association and several international health agencies are reported.

    • For patients with known CVD: approximately 1 gram EPA+DHA per day
    • For those without CVD: 400 to 500 mg EPA+DHA per day (approximately 2 servings of oily fish/week).

    Despite concern about toxins in fish, proper selection and preparation of fish results in a low risk from toxins according to the editorial, especially when compared with low intakes of EPA and DHA.

    7/7/06 00:23 JR

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