What is it?
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a fatty acid derived from the essential fatty acid Linoleic Acid. CLA is found predominantly in dairy products and some meats and appears to be a fat with some unique effects on the metabolism of animals and (hopefully) people.
What is it supposed to do?
CLA has been sold as both a fat loss supplement and as a sports nutrition product for adding muscle. The sellers of CLA focus on the fact that in animals such as rats and mice, CLA causes rats and mice to lose bodyfat while adding lean tissue (i.e. muscle).
Like so many products, CLA may have legitimate health uses. CLA can be found as different isomers (i.e., cis-9/trans-11 and trans-10/cis-12 isomers) and recent research suggests different isomers are responsible for different effects, such as anti cancer, anti obesity, etc.
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