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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    Supplements or food to prevent heart disease in women?

    Researchers at the MedStar Research Institute, in Hyattsville, Maryland, reviewed studies of nutrition in women.

    Those emphasizing gender differences in nutritional requirements were selected for this review.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
      • Data from observational studies support their value for coronary heart disease prevention.
    • Fish
      • Well-designed comparative studies support for consuming fish at least twice a week.
      • Women of childbearing age should limit their intake of fish that may contain high levels of mercury.
    • Nuts
      • Nutritious snacks, but their caloric impact must be considered.
    • Soy products
      • No effect on low LDL (bad) cholesterol or on coronary heart disease.
      • They may be beneficial in replacing high-fat meat.
    • Foods supplemented with plant stanol/sterol-esters
      • Recommended for reducing LDL cholesterol.
    • Antioxidant supplementation
      • Not recommended to prevent heart disease.
    • Vitamin D deficiency
      • A cause and effect relationship between with coronary heart disease has not been established.
    • Homocysteine lowering
      • Folic acid and B-complex vitamin supplementation do not improve coronary heart disease risk.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “More gender-specific analyses are needed to determine whether nutritional requirements differ between men and women.”

    11/17/10 21:27 JR

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