CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a slightly altered form of Linoleic Acid (LA), an Omega-6 fatty acid important to human health. Omega-6 fatty acids are derived from the foods we eat primarily from meat and dairy products. Therefore, CLA is a natural supplement primarily found in meat and diary products.
Some of the most claimed benefits of CLA supplementation include:
Increased metabolic rate: This would be a positive benefit for any type of athlete trying to lose weight and improve body composition.
Enhanced muscle growth: Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides: Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels (many requiring treatment), this benefit can have an impact on any person who has high cholesterol.
Lowers insulin resistance: Lowering insulin resistance has been shown to help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
Reduces food-induced allergic reactions: Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help.
Enhances immune system: With the variety of bacteria and poor immune systems in contemporary society, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit to all.
When to take CLA:
It is recommended that you take 1,000 – 3,000 milligrams of CLA per day if you are trying to lose weight. CLA is best when consumed before or during a meal.