Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) has been studied and tested for several years now. In diet and health, CLA has been attributed as an antioxidant and has anti-caner properties. More so, CLA has been a major use for weight management, studies show that the effects of conjugated linoleic acid supplementation have positive effects on body fat, especially abdominal fat in humans.
PhD Nutrition CLA contains four isomer forms of conjugated linoleic acid, c-9, t-11 (predominantly found in milk and beef), t-10 and c-12, all having positive effects on reducing the amount of body fat.
In overweight and non-obese people, conjugated linoleic acid is shown to reduce body fat mass and body weight. CLA has been found to prevent fat from being deposited into cells within the body, by acting to inhibit lipoprotein lipase, which is an enzyme that is required when fat cells take up fat from the bloodstream. Therefore, fat storage is reduced, leading to lower fat body mass.
PhD CLA is also useful for increasing lean muscle mass. Further studies show that supplementation with conjugated linoleic acid increases lean body mass in people who frequently exercise. It has also been demonstrated that in overweight people, in an anabolic state – gaining weight after a weight loss diet session, preferentially gain lean mass, therefore improving body composition. Recent studies have shown that long term intake of conjugated linoleic acid can also considerably increase lean body mass and improve weight loss in overweight individuals without any diet or exercise contribution.
Other dietary sources of conjugated linoleic acid are mutton and beef. Eggs are also a good source of CLA as it has been shown that conjugated linoleic acid in eggs survives the temperatures encountered during frying.
PhD Nutrition CLA comes in a small container with 90 soft-gel capsules inside, each containing 1000mg of conjugated linoleic acid. Other ingredients include; gelatine, glycerol, purified water and natural caramel.
Additionally, PhD Nutrition CLA has also been shown to reduce the side effects from a low calorie diet, such as skin rashes, irritability, depression, and hair loss.