Herbal Fact #13: CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a special fatty acid originally discovered in tiny amounts in dairy foods like milk and cheese by Dr. Michael Pariza at the University of Wisconsin.

CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a special fatty acid originally discovered in tiny amounts in dairy foods like milk and cheese by Dr. Michael Pariza at the University of Wisconsin. Dairy Cows have 4 stomachs filled with bacteria that ferment the grass they eat. When they eat spring grass, their bacteria, (the cow's microbiome) makes CLA from linoleic acid, an omega-6 inflammatory fat. This fatty acid has two double bonds at the 9th and 11th carbons so it is called 9,11 CLA. By moving the positions of the double bonds CLA becomes anti- inflammatory. It is made in the lab as well for use in dietary supplements for weight loss. The supplement form is a little different in being a mixture of 9,11 CLA and 10,12 CLA. This supplement has been shown to cause a decrease in fat to lean ratios when used for weight loss with a diet. It is believed that CLA does this by inhibiting fat cell growth through effects on the blood vessels feeding body fat. This supplement helps a little but the best way to lose body fat is to have protein shakes, a balanced diet, and healthy active lifestyle to build and maintain lean body mass. #drdavidheber #fat #weightloss #supplements to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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