Some years ago, the discovery of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) led to a scientific sensation. It could be proven that this fatty acid derivative has especially strong anti-tumor properties. In studies, they showed to inhibit cancers such as breast cancer, malignant prostatic tumors, gastrointestinal carcinomas as well as malignant skin tumors (e. g. melanoma).
Biochemically, linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid which cannot be synthetized in the organism and therefore has to be ingested with food. CLA is a somewhat alterated derivative of linoleic acid and contained in great quantities in red meat and cheese. Moreover, CLA can also be found in chicken meat, eggs and corn germ oil.
An actual CLA deficiency is, in fact, rather difficult to prove. However, in a number of scientific investigations indications have been found that, in the long run, a diet containing only little CLA leads to an increase in the share of body fat and therefore it appears to be an important factor in the development of obesity. Due to its unique mechanisms of action, CLA has numerous effects regarding the prevention of chronic diseases and also positive influence on body fat reduction. It is also for this reason that CLA has become available as a food supplement in the meantime.
CLA is a potent anti-oxidant, which also has anticarcinogenic and anticatabolic effects. Furthermore, CLA acts as a potent stimulator for the body’s immune system, a fact which seems to be responsible for the preventive properties of CLA regarding the pathogenesis, development and progression of cancer. These effects of CLA were discovered and described in numerous scientific investigations.
The intake of CLA with daily food or as a food supplement leads to a lowering of the ratio between the lean body mass and the share of body fat. Furthermore, less fat is deposited in the abdominal region, and CLA also leads to the increased formation of muscle. Physiologically, these effects are the result of an increased insulin sensitivity in the peripheral tissue so that free fatty acids and glucose become more quickly available especially to the muscles and are not stored in fatty tissue. In view of the anticatabolic effects, this property of CLA is in particular due to the fact that the substance prevents the reduction of muscle tissue.
One softgel contains 1000 mg CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in pharmaceutical grade. Other ingredients: palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, gelatin.
On account of its unique effects on the immune system and the metabolism, CLA should have a firm place in every food supplement program.
In normal cases take 1 softgel 3 times a day at mealtimes with plenty of fluid.
The recommended daily dosage should not be exceeded.