CLA Helps Melt Fat and Build MuscleNEWS FEED
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Posted: Sep, 23, 2014
CLA Helps Melt Fat and Build Muscle

One of the major reasons for the current obesity epidemic in America may be widespread deficiency of a fatty acid known as CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)! Scientists have found that we no longer get enough CLA in our diets. There are two principal reasons: 1) cows seldom graze on grass which is rich in a substance called linoleic acid, which is converted by the cow's digestive system into an important fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid, and 2) "fat phobia" has caused a dramatic reduction in the consumption of CLA-containing dairy and beef products.

It's no wonder CLA supplementation has been shown to improve the lean mass to body fat ratio, while decreasing fat accumulation, especially on the abdomen! In other words, CLA in your diet can help you stay slim and improve your muscle to fat ratio.

CLA Energizes and Keeps Fat Off!
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin recruited 80 obese volunteers into a 3-month, controlled study. Those taking CLA reported less fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Most notably, when the study participants resumed eating their "normal" diets, the placebo group piled the pounds back on at the astounding rate of 75% body fat and 25% lean muscle. The group that continued taking the CLA supplement gained at the rate of 45% body fat and 55% lean muscle mass. Researchers theorize that CLA may block fat cells that are in the body from filling up with fat.

Dr. Wadstein found that consuming 3.4 grams of CLA daily helped overweight individuals mobilize fat from cells while revving up muscle metabolism. "The present data indicate that consumption of CLA reduces (body fat mass) in overweight, moderately obese healthy volunteers."

CLA Helps Melt Fat and Build Muscle
A recently published article in the Journal of Nutrition , reports that CLA appears to melt away fat while boosting lean muscle mass. According to Dr. Jan Wadstein, Associate Professor of Medicine at Lund University and leader of a Scandinavian research team, "While CLA is no magic bullet, it may prove to be a useful tool in combination with exercise."

Dr. Wadstein found that consuming 3.4 grams of CLA daily helped overweight individuals mobilize fat from cells while revving up muscle metabolism. "The present data indicate that consumption of CLA reduces (body fat mass) in overweight, moderately obese healthy volunteers."

CLA Supports Healthy Blood Sugar!
New evidence suggests that including CLA in the diet may improve insulin sensitivity and provide nutritional support for those with Type II diabetes.

Type II diabetics who consumed 6 grams of CLA dietary supplement daily for 8 weeks showed an improved (lower) body fat to lean muscle ratio, lower triglyceride levels and improved serum insulin levels at the end of the study period, according to preliminary research findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society .

Recent CLA Studies Show How CLA Works!
The May 2002 issue of Journal of Nutrition reported on a study to ascertain the effects of CLA on energy expenditure (calorie burning) and fat storage in mice. CLA was shown to reduce the amount of ingested food that was stored as body fat and also increased the amount of fat excreted in the feces! Scientists concluded that the reduced amounts of stored body fat on the mice was due to a 74% increase in energy expenditure!

This latest finding mirrors a Louisiana State University study of CLA supplemented mice which resulted in a 43% to 88% lower body fat, especially with regard to abdominal fat.