What is CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)?

17 September 2019

What is CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)?

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Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a group of Fatty Acids found in a limited number of foods. The highest levels of CLA occur in Ruminant Animals, with beef, milk-fat, and cheese, being the most common animal sources. Technically speaking, CLA is a type of Polyunsaturated, Omega-6 Fatty Acid, or naturally occurring Trans Fat, but unlike artificial trans fats, which can be harmful when consumed in high amounts, CLA is believed to provide a variety of potential health benefits and perform a range of important physiological functions. While the human body is capable of producing the majority of fatty acids it requires, it cannot produce linoleic acid, hence it is referred to as an essential fatty acid. Therefore, we must consume it in our diet.

What are the benefits of a CLA supplement?

CLA has been shown scientifically to provide a number of potential benefits for health and performance. These include but are not limited to:

  • Reducing body fat levels (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  • Helping to prevent weight – fat gain (8)
  • Increasing muscle mass (9,10,11)
  • Reducing inflammation (12,13,14)
  • Enhancing immune function (12,15,16)
  • Helping to maintain bone density (12,17)

Why use Time 4 CLA?

Time 4 CLA is pure conjugated linoleic acid, 84% of which is from active isomers Cis-9, trans 11 isomer and Cis-12, Trans 10 Isomers. It comes in a convenient soft gel format and provides 1000mg per serving.