CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID - CLA
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Linoleic acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid. It is extremely common and generally found in copious amounts in the vegetable oils. This acid is also found in a number of other foods.
A specific arrangement of double bonds within fatty acid molecule gives the word “conjugated”. The Conjugated Linoleic Fatty Acids (CLA) is a kind of polyunsaturated fatty acid. To put it simply, CLA is a trans fat- but one which is naturally occurring in a number of healthy foods. It is found in dairy and beef, more so if the animals are fed grass during their lives.
CLA finds use in:
Reducing high blood pressure: The consumption of CLA with ramipril appears to reduce the blood pressure much more when compared to taking ramipril in isolation by individuals suffering from high blood pressure. This is more noticeable when the high blood pressure is uncontrolled.
Obesity: The oral consumption of CLA may help in lowering the body mass index or BMI in a majority of individuals. CLA may reduce hunger feeling but it cannot be correlated with less calorie intake. Consuming CLA does not seem to stop the weight gain in people who were obese to start with and who has since lost some weight. The addition of CLA to fatty foods is ineffective in promoting weight loss. However, the addition of CLA to milk could assist in reduction of body fat in obese adults. When it came to children, consumption of three grams of CLA every day appears to assist in the reduction of body fat.
CLA is probably safe when consumed orally in amounts within foods. It is also probably safe when taken in medicinal doses. There is a chance of side effects like nausea, stomach upset, fatigue and diarrhoea.
Warnings and precautions
For children: CLA is probably safe when consumed orally by children in medicinal amounts for a maximum of seven months. Longer term usage is not well-researched.
Breastfeeding and pregnancy: CLA is probably safe when consumed orally in the food amounts. There is not sufficient evidence to understand if CLA is safe to be had in medicinal amounts at the time of breastfeeding and pregnancy. It is better to avoid use of CLA in such a condition.
In case of bleeding disorders , CLA could slow down the clotting of blood. It could, in theory, may increase risk of bleeding and bruising in individuals suffering from bleeding disorders.