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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    Should you trust supplements to lower cholesterol levels?

    Researchers from Concord Hospital, in New Hampshire reviewed the evidence and graciously provide us with succinct conclusions.

    Here’s what we know.

    LDL (bad) cholesterol

    • Strong support for the effectiveness of red yeast rice and plant stanols and sterols to lower LDL cholesterol.
    • Preliminary evidence supports the possibility that green tea catechins and black tea theaflavins may lower LDL cholesterol.
    • No support for guggulipid, policosanol, or cinnamon.


    • Strong evidence that marine omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides.

    The bottom line?

    Ongoing monitoring of cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels is required to ensure the safety and effectiveness of treatment. Supplements are an option to discuss with your healthcare professional.

    2/17/10 19:34 JR

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