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** Does CLA Work for Weight Loss? **

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Updated January 01, 2012 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical
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Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid often marketed as a weight
loss aid. Available in supplement form, CLA is found naturally in dairy
products and in beef. Proponents claim that CLA can reduce fat while
building muscle, as well as keep cholesterol in check. Despite these
claims, research on CLA and weight loss has yielded mixed results so far.

-Does CLA Work for Weight Loss?-

For a report published in the /American Journal of Clinical Nutrition/ in
2007, researchers reviewed 18 studies on CLA and fat loss in humans.
Results revealed that CLA supplements (taken at a dose of 3.2 grams per
day) may produce a "modest loss in body fat."

In another review from the same year, scientists analyzed the available
research on CLA and obesity. Published in the journal /Public Health
Nutrition/, the review states that CLA has /not/ shown a significant effect
on body weight or body composition in humans. What's more, trans-10,cis-12
(a component of many CLA supplements) was found to have a negative impact
on blood sugar metabolism and possibly contribute to insulin resistance.

The most recent research on CLA and weight loss includes a 2011 review from
the /Journal of Obesity/. Looking at studies on supplements thought to
affect body fat, the review's authors found that CLA


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