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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    Adding omega-3 to diet and exercise to increase weight loss

    In addition to the metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s suggested there’s a weight loss-enhancing benefit to this supplement.

    Researchers at The Cooper Institute, in Dallas, Texas, studied the response by a group of overweight people.

    First, the details.

    • 128 people with a body mass index (BMI) between 26 (overweight) and 40 (obese) were assigned lifestyle modification (dietary and exercise) and a treatment group for 6 months.
      • Omega-3 [3 grams eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) at a 5:1 ratio (EPA:DHA)]
      • Placebo capsules daily

    And, the results.

    • Both groups averaged greater than 5% loss in body weight.
    • No significant differences in weight loss were observed between treatments.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Omega-3 fatty acids were not effective as an adjunct for weight loss in this otherwise healthy, overweight population.”

    There are lots of benefits from omega-3, but weight loss over and above that achieved with diet and exercise doesn’t appear to be one of them.

    2/27/11 20:36 JR

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