Supportive Vs. Conclusive reseach

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Hello there,

is there any scientist who would be able to explain what is the difference between a supportive and a conclusive research? The context is as follows:

Initial studies on CoQ10 found that persons with cardiac insufficiencies had very low levels of CoQ10, and that supplementation increased CoQ10 levels. So CoQ10 is not only an effective free radical fighter, but based on this supportive but not conclusive research, consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Tanks a lot in advance!

  • potatosoup

    New Member
    Supportive sounds to me like it produced some evidence suggesting something, but not enough to make it a firm conclusion. Hope that helps.


    Senior Member
    British English
    You don't need to be a scientist ...

    All research requires a thesis - the theory that you are trying to prove or disprove.

    Supportive - the results of the research support the thesis
    Conclusive - the results of the research provide unequivocal evidence that the thesis is correct (or incorrect)
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