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.

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    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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    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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