Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Supplements | Comments Off on CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid

CLA

CLA

  1. What does CLA stand for?
    • Conjugated Linoleic Acid
  2. What is CLA
    • CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in many meat and dairy products
  3. What does CLA do?
    • CLA assists in fat loss and muscle enhancement
  4. Can I take CLA with other supplements?
    • Yes you can. CLA is an essential fatty acid so it can be taken with other supplements
  5. What is the recommended dosage of CLA?
    • You can take up to 3 grams of CLA daily for the best effect.

CLA… The benefits

CLA works by keeping the cells smaller limiting the amount of fat that can be stored resulting in more fat burnt energy! A Norwegian study was performed where the participants were not allowed to diet, but they still lost weight!! It seems that CLA has the effect of reducing fat storage while elevating b-oxidation in the skeletal muscle resulting in an increase in skeletal muscle and more fat burnt. The increase is thought to be from the protective effect on the immune system resulting in an anti-catabolic affect. CLA has been shown to have an immune system boosting potential.

The positive finding of CLA are an Athlete’s dream, a nutrient that assists body fat loss while keeping body fat levels low during off season as well as protecting your precious muscle.

In 1978 while investigating how cooking hamburger meat triggers carcinogenic compounds, researchers noticed that here was something causing the harmful effects of these compounds to be reduced. Eventually researchers found theis strange compound to be CLA. Ever since then around 200 studies have been completed on CLA for weight loss, breast cancer, diabetes and arteriosclerosis.

The initial researcher was the first to pioneer studies using humans as subjects and the results were tremendously favourable. Each person took 3 grams of CLA per day while performing a nutrition and exercise program. By the end of the study the participants consuming CLA in conjunction with and exercise and nutrition program had lost significant amounts of weight.

Benefits of CLA

  • Fat loss – helps in maintaining weight during dieting
  • Enhanced muscle tissue
  • Ant-Catabolic
  • Protects the immune system