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Conjugated Linoleic Acid
What is ClA?
CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID (CLA), a class of fatty acids found in milk and red meat is now sold as a dietary supplement, manufactured from sunflower oil/ safflower oil. It is made from the essential fatty acid linolenic acid . Bacteria that live in the intestine of humans can convert linoleic acid to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). It differs from linoleic acid only in the placement of two double bonds in the fatty-acid chain.In fact, since the 1960s, the CLA content of meat and dairy products has declined dramatically. When cattle were grass fed, Americans received the needed CLA in their diets, now that cattle and sheep are grain fed, the needed CLA has disappeared out of dairy products and the meat we consume. Kangaroo meat may have the highest concentration of CLA when compared with other foods.The most beneficial forms of CLA are liquids or oils that contain a small portion of vitamin E to preserve ubiquinone.
What is the effective dosage of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)?
Studies indicate that in order to get the benefits of CLA, high daily dosages must be taken, ranging from 2to6 g per day.
What are the benefits of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)?
• CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID inhibits the body's mechanism for storing fat and causes the body to utilize fatty reserves for energy.
• It also increases hormone sensitive lipase activity. This is an enzyme which breaks down fats stored in fat cells on the body. The fatty acids are returned to the blood stream to be used by muscle cells as an energy source.
• It has been shown to inhibit lipoprotein lipase. This is an enzyme which breaks down fat gobules in the blood so that adipocyte (fat cell) uptake (body fat accumulation) can occur. The inhibition of lipoprotein lipase results in reduced fat deposition.
• It also has powerful antioxidant properties. It has been proposed that adding CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID to foods may prevent mold growth and oxidation.
• It has been shown to increase muscle mass while reducing body fat; studies have also shown remarkable anti-catabolic, antioxidant, immune enhancement, and anti-cancer benefits. Several other studies have even revealed dramatic cholesterol reducing effects. It helps reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
• Conjugated linoleic acid helps the body fight skin, colorectal, breast, lung and prostrates cancers.
What are the side effects of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)?
Some people have experienced mild stomach upset and bloating when taking CLA supplements. Taking it with food may help reduce stomach upset. CLA should be taken with food to prevent side effects, including diarrhea, nausea, and stomachache.
Benefits: CLA stimulates metabolism of fatty acids, making it a useful nutritional weight loss acid.
• CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID occurs naturally in foods such as cheese, milk, beef, and lamb as well as many processed foods. One processed food that's high in CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID is Cheese. However, getting enough CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID from your diet for the preferred benefit would require considerable intake of foods (ie Calories) like this. It's not only impractical, but would also have seriously negative impacts on your metabolism due to the high caloric penalty you would pay. On average, foods rich in CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID contain approximately 7 milligrams of CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID per gram of fat. For the equivalent amount of CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID in one of our capsules, you would have to consume over 64 grams of fat! To consume the recommended intake of CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID for the desired lean muscle gain and fat loss benefits, you would have to take in an incredible 579 grams of fat from foods rich in this unique nutrient. That's over 5000 calories from fat. This is totally impractical in every sense of the word.