CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Fat Loss
CLA is a powerful fatty acid when it comes to losing weight and actual fat loss. It is a good fat found in nature and has many health benefits. In addition to being a potentially powerful cancer fighter, CLA has been shown to reduce body fat while at the same time helping to preserve muscle fibers in the body.
The Many Benefits of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
CLA has a plethara of benefits that include but are not limited to:
- Improving metabolism
- Increasing muscle mass and muscle tone by helping people who exercise reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass.
- Reducing adominal fat
- Lowering cholesterol and triglycerides and improving heart health
- Preventing and treating diabetes by lowering insulin resistance.
- Boosting immunity
- Fighting all three stages of cancer: initiation, promotion, and progression. CLA also reduces the potency of the dangerous carcinogens that cause cells to mutate.
Best Sources of CLA
CLA is present in human breast milk (at higher levels in women who eat meat and dairy from grass fed animals) but as we age, we need to look to other dietary sources. The best sources of CLA include meats, dairy, butter and eggs from grass-fed animals.
In addition to having leaner protein and less fat, grass fed animals have as much as 500 times the amount of CLA. Opt for the higher fat version to ensure the highest amounts of CLA. This may be hard for many people to understand as we have been forever inundated with the message that fat is bad and red meat and high fat dairy is unhealthy. Trust that the closer the food is to how it was originally created long, long ago (before mass production and marketing took over), the better it is for you and your health.
It’s also important to look for organic options to ensure they have been raised without the added antibiotics and hormones found in conventionally raised animals. In fact, conventional grain fed animals have actually been linked to not only increased disease, but to an increase in body fat especially around the midsection.
It is best to get CLA from your diet as supplements are often times synthetic and do not have the same benefits. Any supplements should be made from the highest quality CLA and be guaranteed to have no stimulants or harsh chemicals.
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