Grass-fed butter.

Grass-fed butter.

Have you wondered what CLA is and why people take it to lose weight? Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a slightly altered form of linoleic acid (LA) that is an omega-6 fatty acid important to human health, and it can help to naturally accelerate your weight loss efforts.  Omega-6 fatty acids can be found in some of the foods we eat, but some of these foods are not that suitable or vegans or vegetarians so you might want to consider taking a supplement.

CLA is primarily found in meat and dairy products but transportation, storage methods and preservation methods (particularly irradiation) have caused a depletion of this natural fat burner in our diets. The human body cannot produce conjugated linoleic acid, but it cn be obtained through foods such as whole milk, butter, beef, and lamb, the very products that are stricken from the grocery list when most people try to lose weight!

The Benefits of CLA

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has quite a few general health benefits that can help accelerate weight loss. It is also potent anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite, as well as a powerful immune system enhancer. Two of the most common attributes of CLA are assistance in fat burning and the creation and maintenance of lean muscle.  It is a favorite fat burner supplement for bodybuilders everywhere.

Some of the most known benefits of supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid are:

*An increased rate in metabolism, which leads to more fat being burned, more muscle being built and a leaner trimmer physique.

*Enhanced muscle growth, which helps dispose of fat layers with new muscles leading to a lithe and strong body

*Lower cholesterol and triglycerides resulting in a reduced risk for stroke or heart attack.

*Lower insulin resistance that can help prevent blood sugar spikes, eating binges and adult-onset diabetes

*Better tolerance of food allergies so that the body is less ley to become inflamed if an irritant is ingested

*An enhanced immune system that is better able to fight off bacteria, viruses, parasites, pollutants, and toxins.

CLA Weight Loss is Backed By Scientific Studies

This fat burner also improves the lean mass to body fat ratio and decreases fat deposition – especially on the abdomen. It is the ideal supplement to take if you are trying to get rid of a pot belly. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that those who were given CLA for a four-week period had significant decreases in abdominal fat. Conjugate linoleic acid achieves this by reducing a person’s sensitivity to sugars so that the pancreas produces less insulin. This means that less fat is metabolized by the body and is instead passed through the intestines.

Scientific evidence also indicates that CLA can promote youthful metabolic function and restore an overall feeling of well being and good health. The unique mechanism by which this fatty acid protects against disease makes it an important addition to any supplement program.

In a weight-loss study reported in the April 2005 Oxford Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that when 134 healthy overweight adults took CLA for 24 months, not only was the supplement well tolerated but also it aided in fat loss and possibly helped the individuals maintain a lower weight. Even better evidence was found that supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid supports weight loss that endures over the long term.

Taking conjugated linoleic acid is definitely an asset when it comes to optimizing the success of a weight loss or bodybuilding program.  Some of your best sources are grass-fed butter and coconut oil. However, for excellent guidance about how to lose weight with suppements, improve your immunity and boost your general health in a safe and natural way? Contact us at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare website at, or you can call our Toronto Office a (416) 656-8100. We, iv therapy,  vitamin injections and other types of naturopathic weight loss care. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at 905 427-0057 that is open on Fridays. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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