What is CLA and is it effective?

  • manpit209

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    Feb 13, 2011 8:37 AM GMT
    Apparently CLA is supposed to help with burning fat. What is it and have you tried it? Does it work for you? What is CLA supposed to do? Thanks for any feedback!
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    Feb 13, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    The following is taken from The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements..Talbot and Hughes.There are a handful of small studies that have shown that sedentary moderately overweight subjects consuming 3.2 -6.8 g/day of CLA for 4-12 weeks show a statistically significant loss of body fat and an increase in lean body mass, whereas body weight may or may not be reduced. Another study found that resistance trained athletes supplementing with 6 g/day of CLA for 28 days derive no significant benefits in terms of body weight, fat mass, or fat-free mass
    The Guide gave 4 stars for fat loss in moderately overweight adults and no stars for fat loss in trained athletes.

    Conjugated linoleic acid is found primarly in meat and dairy products. Linolenic acid is found in vegetable oils. The form found in supplements is manufactured from vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil.
    Linoleic acid is an omega 6 fatty acid meaning it is unsaturated. CLA is an isomer of linolenic acid. For any nerds that might be curious the rearrangement is a double bond ocurring at carbons 10 and 12 or carbons 9 and 11icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    ITS LIKE MAGIC IN A BOTTLE
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    Feb 13, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    FirstKnight saidThe following is taken from The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements..Talbot and Hughes.There are a handful of small studies that have shown that sedentary moderately overweight subjects consuming 3.2 -6.8 g/day of CLA for 4-12 weeks show a statistically significant loss of body fat and an increase in lean body mass, whereas body weight may or may not be reduced. Another study found that resistance trained athletes supplementing with 6 g/day of CLA for 28 days derive no significant benefits in terms of body weight, fat mass, or fat-free mass
    The Guide gave 4 stars for fat loss in moderately overweight adults and no stars for fat loss in trained athletes.

    Conjugated linoleic acid is found primarly in meat and dairy products. Linolenic acid is found in vegetable oils. The form found in supplements is manufactured from vegetable oils, such as sunflower oil.
    Linoleic acid is an omega 6 fatty acid meaning it is unsaturated. CLA is an isomer of linolenic acid. For any nerds that might be curious the rearrangement is a double bond ocurring at carbons 10 and 12 or carbons 9 and 11icon_smile.gif


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  • Hunkymonkey

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    CLA doesn't cause fat loss, but rather it forces fat cells to stay small instead of being gorged with lipids that would normally attempt to fill them. And it appears to increase muscle mass by sending energy from food into lean tissue rather than fat cells.

    Not all CLA is equal. One of the best and most reliable quality CLAs goes under the trademarked name of Tonalin. It contains a 50-50 mix of the two most beneficial forms of CLA.This brand of CLA is called Tonalin CLA. Another point to note is that CLA capsules are never 100% CLA. They are typically 60 to 70% CLA.

    Recommended use for maintaining lower body fat and promoting lean mass is 3 to 4 1000 mg. capsules per day. Studies have shown that 3.4 grams of CLA per day is an optimal dose. Using much more provides no extra benefits.
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    Feb 13, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    I take it at might with my Casein. I think its effective. Over muscle definition is better. and I look leaner.

    I take my flaxseed and other stuff during the day.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 13, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    It's never done anything for me, and seems to compromise my immune system. But other guys at the gym swear by it.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 13, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    Mrnomoreswag said I take it at might with my Casein. I think its effective. Over muscle definition is better. and I look leaner.

    I take my flaxseed and other stuff during the day.


    Yep, flaxseed oil with lignans work much better for me.