Scientific research has shown that there are many benefits attached to the consumption of foods high in conjugated linoleic acid. These food products are mainly from grass fed ruminants.Examples of foods high in conjugated linoleic acid are beef and all beef products, chicken, pork and all their allied products, and diary related products. Eggs from chickens that have been fed CLA are also rich in CLA. Some mushroom species are rare non-animal sources of CLA. The product has been gaining a lot of attention within the fitness industry and is of a growing popularity amongst gym goers, body builders and individuals looking to burn fat. The health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid include;
- Increased metabolic rate
- Enhanced muscle growth: muscle growth burns fat which also contributes to increased metabolism which is useful in weight loss and management
- Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
- Lowers insulin resistance which help prevent adult onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight loss
- Reduces food induced allergic reaction
- Enhances immune system
In order to enjoy all the health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid, the amount consumed through the intake of only foods high CLA is not enough. That is where conjugated linoleic acid pills come in. A long term study of the supplementation of these pills in 134 people over two years reveals that conjugated linoleic acid decreases body fat mass in not only obese individuals, but also in healthy exercising people. There are no reported harmful side effects of CLA and the extremely rare cases of nausea and stomach upset can be combated when conjugated linoleic acid pills are consumed with a meal.
I have been taking CLA faithfully for 4 months now and started seeing results almost instantly. I was 172 pounds when I started and shot down to 140 within that time frame. I have a small frame so 140 looks fantastic on me. Truthfully, I haven’t been working out but I have been sticking to a 1200 calorie diet (not to say I haven’t allowed myself a few cheat days). If you’re seriously considering CLA I would definitely recommend giving it a shot. Make sure you take it with food when you start it otherwise you’ll feel nauseous.