The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    Flaxseed product fails to lower cholesterol in women

    Researchers at Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center in Ames determined whether the main compound in a flaxseed product, secoisolariciresinol diglucoside, could lower cholesterol.

    Here’s a preview of the results they will present during the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting.

    First, the details.

    • 90 participants with high cholesterol levels were included in the study — twice as many men as women.
    • The participants were randomly divided into 3 groups: daily consumption of tablets containing zero, 150, or 300 mg of flaxseed compounds for 12 weeks.
    • They had no other underlying health conditions.

    And, the results.

    • The flaxseed product used in this study lowered cholesterol in men.
    • It did not produce a significant change in women.

    The bottom line?

    “We’re really puzzled about that because we were looking at post menopausal women and these lignans [compounds] are known as plant estrogens, so they have a very weak but measurable estrogen effect,” concluded the authors.

    The tablets used in this study are not currently available in the US.

    A recent review confirms that women do respond to flaxseed.

    5/10/10 20:33 JR

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