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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    Functional foods and cardiovascular risk

    Researchers from the University of Milano, Italy, list what we know.

    First, the details.

    • Beyond adequate nutritional, functional foods should improve the state of health and wellbeing and/or reduce the risk of disease.
    • Functional foods marketed with claims of heart disease reduction focus primarily on the major risk factors — cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

    And, the results.

    • Phytosterols and stanols
      • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Soya protein
      • Lowers cholesterol in people with very high initial cholesterol blood levels
      • Favorable effect on the metabolic syndrome — a combination of disorders that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids
      • Significant lowering of triglyceride blood levels
    • Dark chocolate
      • Prevents abnormal cholesterol levels, as well as high blood pressure
    • Tea and coffee
      • Benefits not confirmed
    • Vitamin E, garlic, fenugreek and policosanols
      • Effects on abnormal cholesterol levels and prevention of arterial disease are controversial

    The bottom line?

    I think the “controversy” over policosanol was resolved 2 years ago.

    Another recent reiew can be found here.

    4/4/10 19:13 JR

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