Conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid which may be beneficial in slimming programmes. Also has other applications.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a mixture of positional and geometric isomers of linoleic acid which occurs in dairy products and in meat. CLA has been shown in animal models to be a powerful anticancer compound, which is probably related to it’s effect on prostaglandin E2 synthesis (Cancer Letters 1998, 127 : 15).
It has been shown to suppress the growth of various cancers including prostate and breast cancer in humans. This has been linked to it’s stimulating effects on the immune system.
CLA has also been shown to lower the amount of food fats stored in the body whilst maintaining muscle protein and for this reason is widely used in slimming programmes. It achieves this by slowing down the metabolic rate. CLA also reduces body fat by enhancing insulin activity so that fatty acids and glucose can pass through muscle cell membranes and away from fat tissue where they would otherwise be deposited.
It has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in humans thus reducing the atherosclerosis risk.
Persons with a history of certain types of cancer, obesity.
Persons sensitive to supplements containing oils such as fish oil should also avoid CLA. Always consult your health professional if you are seriously ill.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION
Although CLA is found in food, there is insufficient reliable informationabout it’s safety when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and lactation; avoid using.
DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS OF USE
Take three to five capsules daily in divided doses with meals.
SIDE EFFECTS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
Gastro-intestinal upsets have been reported in some patients.
KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENT
Some patients may suffer gastro-intestinal problems. Treatment consists of cessation of supplementation.
Securitainer containing 60 softgel capsules.