There are a lot of products that pop up as weight loss miracle solutions. Does CLA actually work? Well a lot of studies show it can be effective for weight loss.

What is CLA?
CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acid. It’s an omega-6 fatty acid found in nature in meat (ruminants like cows and lamb) eggs, and dairy products. Interestingly grass fed meat and dairy have been found to have higher levels of CLA. It is not produced in the body but has many benefits. Many people are taking CLA supplements to help lose fat and retain lean muscle mass. It was first discover in the 1970’s and became the subject of more research when in 1987 a study on mice found it to inhibit cancer growth and was recognized by the FDA as a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) supplement in 2008. Two researchers at the University of Wisconsin have studied it for decades and found numerous benefits. They were instrumental in getting it approved by the FDA. Here’s the link to the background on it.

Okay, What Does It Do?
Fortunately for us CLA has been the subject of quite a bit of research. Some has been inconclusive but there are a lot studies that have shown CLA to have a positive effect on weight loss, retention and building lean muscle mass, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. A conclusion in a National Institutes For Health study says CLA is among a group of supplements that have a positive effect on these issues and warrants further study. In this study CLA was found to increase weight loss by increasing fat oxidation and had an anti-atherosclerosis effect. Many other studies and numerous testimonials point to CLA being an effective supplement for weight loss.

CLA is not known to have interactions with other drugs. As with many supplements people first taking CLA have reported some side effects like nausea or stomach upset. I’ve had no problem. WebMD advises stopping CLA two weeks before surgery, they make that recommendation for most supplements.

As with any supplement more is not necessarily better. Never take more than the recommended dosage and it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new supplement. Buy your supplements from a reputable source and make sure they’re manufactured in the USA.

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