research indicate that CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) actually
changes body composition by reducing body fat and increasing or
preserving lean muscle mass—giving you a leaner, healthier
that 3.4 grams of CLA was needed in order to get the benefits.
That's 3,400 mg. Since the various formulas contain a percentage
of other oils as ingredients, it's wise to probably calculate
how much each pill is delivering to make sure you're getting the
full 3.4 grams a day. For example, if your capsule contains 75%
CLA, and it's 1000 mg, then you're getting 750 mg of CLA, and
would need 5 per day to get to the 3.4 grams level. There are
only a few brands that offer this measurement including:Diet
Lean Body Fat Regulator, Tonalin CLA and Chromium
Tonalin CLA Softgels
Naturals Tonalin 1000 CLA Softgels
Dr. Michael Pariza,
who conducted research on CLA with the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American
Chemical Society that "It doesn't make a big fat cell get
little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from
getting big." Pariza's research did not find weight loss in his
group of 71 overweight people, but what he did find was that
when the dieters stopped dieting, and gained back weight, those
taking CLA "were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.'' In a
separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA
was found to improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of
diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose
level and triglyceride levels.
CLA has been the subject
of a variety of research in the past several years, and findings
also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the
This would obviously be a positive benefit for persons with
low metabolic rates.
Hormonal shifts such as those related to PMS and menopause
or persons suffering from acute stress, frequently cause
rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could
be quite helpful.
Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased
metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
cholesterol and triglycerides
Since many overweight persons have elevated cholesterol and
triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit may
have an impact on a persons health.
Lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and
make it easier to control weight.
food-induced allergic reactions
Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes
difficult, this can be of help.
Enhancing the immune system's ability to function properly
is a positive benefit.
If you're interested
in taking CLA to help with weight loss, keep in mind that it's
not a magic pill, and you will need to start a program of diet
and exercise in order to successfully lose weight and keep it
off.There's no evidence that CLA, a food supplement,
interacts with medications, or poses any special dangers. But
you should always discuss any supplements you intend to take
with your own physician or practitioner before starting.
Some people report
feeling slightly green or nauseous after taking their CLA, or
isolated cases of gastrointestinal upset or loose stools. These
side effects typically are reduced when the product is taken
with protein (i.e.,with milk), and usually decrease after about
2 weeks taking the supplement.
CLA is a supplement, and does not require a
prescription. Please note also, that you should not think that
CLA alone will help you lose weight. You still need to be on a
balanced, reduced-calorie, low-glycemic diet, and have to
incorporate regular, vigorous exercise, and weight bearing
activities, into your life Studies
found that 3.4 grams of CLA was needed in order to get the
benefits. That's 3,400 mg. Since the various formulas contain a
percentage of other oils as ingredients, it's wise to probably
calculate how much each pill is delivering to make sure you're
getting the full 3.4 grams a day. For example, if your capsule
contains 75% CLA, and it's 1000 mg, then you're getting 750 mg
of CLA, and would need 5 per day to get to the 3.4 grams level.