Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

What is CLA?
Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) are antioxidants found in the meat and dairy products of plant-eating animals.

What are the health benefits of CLA?
CLA is a powerful antioxidant with a wide range of health benefits. CLA is best known as an anti-carcinogen that can help to inhibit the growth of tumors. It is also thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and is used as an anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that CLA has a positive effect on weight management, especially with belly firmness. It has been found that consuming CLA via red meat products reduces body fat as long as the meat is lean, free-range, grass-fed, and hormone- and antibiotic-free, and eaten no more than three times a week.

What foods are good sources of CLA?
The natural food with the highest concentration of CLA is kangaroo meat, but meat and dairy products from any grass-fed animal are usually rich in CLA. Eggs are another good source of CLA, in either raw or cooked form.

Are there other ways to take CLA?
In supplement form, 3 to 4 grams of CLA a day is usually adequate.

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