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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Effect of dietary omega-3 fatty acid on blood pressure: The INTERMAP study.

    The INTERMAP study (INTERnational collaborative of MAcronutrients and blood Pressure) examines correlations between nutrients and worldwide patterns of blood pressure.

    The abstract is obtuse, but Medscape has a decent review.

    First, the details.

    • 4,680 adults living in 17 areas of Japan, China, the UK, and US
    • The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet averaged 2 grams per day.
    • The researchers compared blood pressure in people consuming higher vs lower amounts of omega-3.

    And, the results.

    • People in Japan had the highest intake of omega-3 from vegetable sources and fish.
    • After adjusting for age, gender, height, weight, exercise, alcohol consumption, salt intake, and other dietary factors, diets rich in omega-3 were associated with less than 1 mmHg lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that despite the small effect, it’s important. Studies show that a decrease of 2 mmHg of blood pressure reduces the average death rate from stroke by about 6% and from coronary heart disease by 4%.

    They also found that omega-3 from nuts, seeds and vegetable oils — such as walnuts and flaxseed — had as much impact on blood pressure as omega-3 from fish.

    6/10/07 19:40 JR

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