Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in meat and dairy that is believed to have various health benefits. It is also a popular weight loss supplement.
Linoleic acid is the most common omega-6 fatty acid, found in large amounts in vegetable oils but also in various other foods in smaller amounts. The “conjugated” prefix has to do with the arrangement of the double bonds in the fatty acid molecule. The difference between these forms is that their double bonds are arranged in various ways. It’s important to keep in mind that something as minuscule as this can make a world of difference to our cells.
CLA is essentially a type of polyunsaturated, omega-6 fatty acid. In other words, it’s technically a trans fat — but a natural type of trans fat that occurs in many healthy foods.
Where is CLA found?
- Grass Fed Animals (CLA content is 300-500% higher in beef from grass-fed cows)
- Dairy Products
- Vegetable oils
How to take?
Take 1 softgel 30 minutes before breakfast, 1 softgel 30 minutes before lunch and 1 softgel before dinner.