New Product Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Softgels 1000mg

Wednesday, 19 January 2011  |  Admin

 Conjugated Linoleic Acid, an Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid, is found naturally in grass-fed sheep, lamb and beef (as opposed to animals fed with hay, silage and grain) and, to a lesser extent, in eggs. Although CLA is best known for its anti-cancer properties, researchers have also found that the cis-9, trans-11 form of CLA can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and help fight inflammation. After many animal and human trials, food companies can now add CLA to products in these food categories: fluid milk, yogurt, meal replacement shakes, nutritional bars, fruit juices and soy milk.

The list of CLA benefits include:
  • Increases metabolic rate, thus burning fat more quickly
  • Decreases abdominal fat
  • Enhances muscle growth - Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Lowers insulin resistance - Insulin resistance carries the risk of adult-onset diabetes.
  • Reduces food-induced allergic reactions - Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to people trying to lose weight.
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant capability

The effects of CLA on body composition appear to be due in part to reduced fat deposition and increased lipolysis in adipocytes, possibly coupled with enhanced fatty acid oxidation in both muscle cells and adipocytes.

Over 30 clinical studies have been published investigating the effect of CLA on weight management:
Mice fed a CLA-supplemented diet exhibited 57% and 60% lower body fat and 5% and 14% increased lean body mass relative to controls

Animals fed conjugated linoleic acid-containing diets collectively had significantly reduced levels of plasma total cholesterol, non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol, (combined very low and low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides with no effect on high density lipoprotein cholesterol, as compared to controls, and analysis of aortas revealed less early atherosclerosis.

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition it was found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group.

In one major trial, researchers from Norway studied a group of healthy but overweight men and women, who were given 1.7g, 3.4g, 5.1g, or 6.8g of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) per day. All groups showed significant reduction in body fat and increase in lean muscle, but this effect was most significant for the two latter groups. It was also observed that all groups showed a reduction in blood fat and cholesterol.

While this all seems very promising, it should be remembered that there have been far more animal trials than human ones, and the animal trials produced much better results than the human ones.

81.06% total CLA content
Food grade vegetable oils

Most people ingest less than 1 gram per day from meat and dairy foods. Typical dosage recommendations are 3-5 grams per day.

Patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease should consult their doctor before supplementing with CLA.
Do not use CLA if you are allergic to any component or hav a disorder that prevents adequate digestion of lipids, such as in gallbladder disease.
Pregnant or breast-feeding women should consult a doctor before use.
At doses above 2 g per day, some gastrointestinal distress has been reported.
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