CLA Supplements: Reduce fat and build muscle
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Conjugative linoleic acid or CLA belongs to the family of many isomers of linoleic acid primarily found in meat and dairy products of ruminants or grass eating cattle. CLA was first isolated in 1983 by Parzia from ground meat but the structure was determined later. The sport of bodybuilding revolves around the development of lean muscle mass while shedding excess flab from the body. CLA supplements are known to reduce body fat significantly and help build muscle. In order to acquire the body of your dreams, it is essential to follow a strict exercise regime combined with the intake of a well balanced diet and proper amount of rest. Supplementation is the key to achieving optimal benefits from your bodybuilding training sessions.

Effects of CLA supplements on diet and health:

CLA is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-tumor properties. Several studies have indicated a rapid decrease in mammary, skin and colon tumor growth after the intake of CLA. It is also known to reduce body fat significantly, particularly, abdominal fat. Research has also shown significant changes in the total serum lipids and has shown a remarkable decrease in the glucose level uptake of the whole body. CLA supplements are known to increase the levels of C - reactive protein to passively induce oxidative stress, reduce insulin sensitivity and increase lipid (fat) peroxidation.

CLA also has a protective effect on the cells from oxidative damage by increase in Glutathione levels without inducing lipid peroxidation.

Dietary sources of CLS:

These include kangaroo meat which has the highest concentration of CLA, lamb, beef, yak, grazing cattle, goat etc.

Benefits of CLS supplements:

Supplements work best with an appropriate diet plan in the absence of which maximum benefits might not yielded.

CLA is known to increase the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the body.

It enhances muscle growth and strength. Muscle burns fat, increases metabolism and is useful in weight loss and management. CLA plays an important role in building robust lean muscle and helps bodybuilding enthusiasts reach their goals faster.

CLA decreases abdominal fat.

It lowers insulin resistance and helps prevent adult onset diabetes.

It also helps initiate weight control.

It reduces food induced allergic reactions. Some food allergies become prominent during weight loss and can easily be eliminated with the help of CLA. It increases resistance within the body and enhances the immune system.

CLA is attracting a lot of attention by nutritionists and dietitians on account of its ability to fight cancer.

It is known for its powerful antioxidant properties that help fight the harmful effects of free radicals such as cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, air pollution etc. in the body.

It lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and augments the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.


The recommended dosage of CLA is 3.4 g or 3400 mg. per day. It is suggested that enthusiasts take four capsules of CLA per day with meals. The maximum reduction in fat can be achieved with a dosage of 3.4 g per day.

CLA as a supplement does not required any prescription and is sold as an over the counter (OTC) drug at most stores. It is however, recommended to use a patented name brand of the supplement as some brands have inconsistent or insufficient quantities of CLA.

Side effects of CLA:

The use of CLA supplements by overweight people may increase insulin resistance which may augment the risk of diabetes. Excessive use of CLA supplements may result in mild gastro-intestinal problems. It is not recommended for expectant or nursing mothers as it reduces the fat content of human milk, which is the primary source for infants to obtain adequate calories resulting in improper growth and development. 

Before taking any nutritional supplements it is recommended that you consult a registered medical practitioner in order to determine if the product is meant for you or not. You must also make a note of any ailments or diseases you might be suffering from such as diabetes, thyroid disorder, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, liver or kidney damage etc. prior to taking any supplements.