What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?
CLA, an essential fatty acid, is an isomer of linoleic acid, which is an
essential polyunsaturated fatty acid found in many vegetable oils. An
isomer is a compound with the same molecular formula but different
Where is CLA found?
CLAs are found naturally in eggs, milk fat, beef, and the meat of cud
chewing animals, called ruminant animals. Kangaroo meat has the highest
concentration of CLAs. CLAs are much higher in grass-fed ruminants than
grain-fed ones. It can also be produced synthetically by exposing plant
oils that are rich in linoleic acid (like safflower and soybean oil) to a base
What are the benefits of CLA?
CLAs have been found to be effective in reducing the risk of colorectal
cancer and improving body composition in people who are obese or
overweight. Studies have shown that it helps decrease body fat and
increase lean body mass. Other possible uses are for bodybuilding, breast
cancer, cachexia (weight loss due to disease), decreasing food allergies,
Are there interactions between CLA and food, herbs or other supplements?
There is some evidence that CLAs may increase the storage of Vitamin A in
the liver and breast tissues.
Are there side effects from CLAS?
Some people report GI issues while taking CLAs, such as diarrhea, nausea,
fatigue, and dyspepsia. There is also concern that CLA supplements may
create or worsen insulin resistance in extremely overweight individuals,
which may worsen diabetes and or put them at an increased risk for
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