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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    Coenzyme Q(10) supplementation in obese people

    Researchers at Yonsei University College of Medicine, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, studied changes in metabolic parameters, inflammatory markers, arterial stiffness, and fatigue.

    First, the details.

    • 51 obese people (BMI at least 25?kg/m2 were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 12 weeks.
      • Coenzyme Q(10) (200?mg/day)
      • Placebo
    • A battery of studies was performed.
    • Neither the patients nor researchers knew the treatment given — double blind.

    And, the results.

    • Blood levels of coenzyme Q(10) increased significantly in the coenzyme Q(10) group.
    • There were no changes in cholesterol, oxidative and inflammatory markers.
    • Fatigue decreased significantly in the coenzyme Q(10), but no significant change was seen in the placebo group.
      • The change in mean fatigue between placebo and coenzyme Q(10) was not significant.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded there was “no evidence that coenzyme Q(10) affects fatigue index, arterial stiffness, metabolic parameters, or inflammatory markers.

    7/27/11 21:53 JR

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