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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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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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    Combined effects of exercise and omega-3 on cholesterol?

    beating heartResearchers from Texas Woman’s University, in Denton looked for synergism.

    Here’s what they found.

    First, the details.

    • 11 sedentary, nonsmoking men with normal blood sugar levels were assigned to perform rest and exercise before and during omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.
    • Exercise consisted of 3 consecutive days of treadmill walking at 65% maximum oxygen consumption for 60 minutes.
    • Omega-3, 4.55 grams/day was taken for 42 days.

    And, the results.

    • Exercise was associated with significant reductions in total cholesterol (-9.2%) and triglyceride (-32.4%) concentrations after exercise.
    • There was no evidence of a synergistic effect of exercise and omega-3 supplementation on cholesterol levels.

    The bottom line?

    “Exercise and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation do not synergistically improve serum lipids and lipoproteins, but rather independently affect the metabolism of lipids and lipoproteins, concluded the authors.

    Both are important as part of a comprehensive strategy to manage lipids and prevent heart disease.

    10/12/09 20:46 JR

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