CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a fatty acid with weight loss benefits. CLA enhances immunity, supports a healthy inflammation response and is a potent provider of antioxidant protection.
First, CLA increases lean muscle, which naturally slims your body (and makes you feel strong and healthy).
Second, your increased lean muscle burns more calories in order to function, thereby speeding up the fat burning process, which further slims your body. As a result, you lose fat – in all the right places. You drop a clothes size. You feel great. All this – without the dreaded yo-yo effect.
Third, CLA is now showing an important role as a multi-beneficial health promoter. More than 200 studies worldwide are indicating that CLA may help reduce the incidence of breast cancer, improve asthma, allergy control, and blood sugar control (diabetes), and limit the extent of atherosclerosis which can lead to heart disease.
CLA has shown anti-cancer properties and is effective in inhibiting breast and prostate tumors, as well as colorectal, stomach, and skin cancer, including melanoma. Scientists found
CLA to be more strongly anti-carcinogenic than other fatty acids. What made
CLA especially unique is that even low concentrations significantly inhibited cancer cell growth.
CLA was also shown to improve the lean mass to body fat ratio, decreasing fat, especially on the abdomen, and support muscle growth. CLA reduces body fat is by enhancing insulin sensitivity so that fatty acids and glucose can pass through muscle cell membranes and away from fat tissue. This results in an improved muscle to fat ratio. Compelling evidence indicates that CLA can promote youthful metabolic function and reduce body fat. The unique mechanisms by which this fatty acid protects against disease makes it an important addition to any supplement program.
Compared to previous generations, Americans are deficient in CLA,
because changes in cattle-feeding practices have decreased CLA content in meat and milk. For optimal CLA production, cows need to graze on grass rather than be artificially fattened in feed lots. The meat of grass-fed cows contains up to four times as much CLA. Today’s dairy products have only about one third of the CLA content they used to have before 1960. Cows grazed on pastures have five times more of a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in their milk. The incidence of cancer in laboratory rats declines after they’ve consumed CLA.
Diabetics who added an essential fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) to their diets had lower body mass as well as lower blood sugar levels by the end of the eight-week study found in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is a hallmark of diabetes.
Researchers also found that higher levels of this fatty acid in the bloodstream meant lower levels of leptin, a hormone thought to regulate fat levels. Scientists think that high leptin levels may play a role in obesity, one of the biggest risk factors for adult-onset diabetes.
One big reason for the current obesity epidemic in America could be a
CLA deficiency. Several animal studies showed that adding CLA to the diet resulted in leaner bodies. One 1996 study, for instance, showed as much as 58% lower body fat in CLA-supplemented mice.
Benefits of CLA:
- Reduces body fat in mice by up to 88%
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Supplementation helps prevent the initiation, promotion and metastasis of breast cancer
- Immune-enhancing effects
- Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
- Helps keep arteries clean
- Possible anti-osteoporosis effects
- Safe to take
- Is an antioxidant and appears to be involved in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins
- Reduces both blood cholesterol and arteriosclerosis