Conjugated Linoleic Acid CLA – What You Need to Know

I must lose weight. These four words piss me off more than anything else in the world. Some of these women who don’t know a damn thing about exercise or fitness have to pretend to know it all.

Any moron who has been associated with fitness for a certain duration will tell you that it’s not about weight loss but about fat loss.

But worst of all, these women, apart from being completely ignorant about the basics of health, haven’t set foot in a gym, have no exercise routine in place, and most of all, worry incessantly about going on a diet.

Speaking of a diet, do they even recognize the delicate intricacies involved with good and bad fats or even essential fatty acids?

Now before some of you throw a hissy fit, let me use that cliche made popular by the internet: Just saying…

A Note on Essential Fatty Acids

As mentioned earlier, not all fats are bad. In other words, it’s a good idea to include unsaturated fats in your diet, and which are broken down into two types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Under polyunsaturated fats, you have the omega-3 and omega-6 acids and which are also known as alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid respectively. These two acids also bear the distinction of being the only two essential fatty acids that the human body requires.

You can find these two essential fatty acids in green leafy vegetables, seed oils, fish and eggs, and they are indeed, linked to a host of health benefits which you can read at this link.

Speaking of health benefits from fatty acids, this brings us to the family of 28 isomers of linoleic acid known as conjugated linoleic acid CLA.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid CLA – What You Need to Know

Now before we get into the benefits, it must be said that researchers actually found this compound by mistake when looking for mutagens in beef.

After almost a decade, the identity of this anti-carcinogen was discovered and was said to have the ability to inhibit carcinogenesis like no other.

There’s a good reason for experts to say because as further research has found a host of health benefits beginning with preserving muscle tissue, decreasing body fat and increasing lean body mass.

Apart from these, this anti-carcinogen possesses the ability to fight against food-induced allergic reactions, inflammation, harmful microorganisms that affect the immune system, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and triglycerides, cardiovascular disease but most of all, breast, lung, skin, colorectal and stomach cancer.

So, where can you find an abundant source of conjugated linoleic acid CLA, you might ask?

Meat and dairy products are among the foods that offer CLA at very high concentrations but care must be taken to feed these animals (called ruminants) grass instead of grain.

Amongst the lot, kangaroo meat, eggs and certain mushrooms such as Agaricus bisporus and Agaricus blazei are rich sources of CLA.

Most physicians recommend that instead of taking CLA supplements, one should consider obtaining this nutrient from the aforementioned sources so as prevent any side effects.

Of course, be careful to not overdo it as always because very little is known about the use of this anti-carcinogen in medicinal amounts.

In Closing

Have you found a difference in health and vitality when eating foods that contain conjugated linoleic acid? Please feel free to share if you have done so.

Also, if you are annoyed with my rant about losing weight, here’s an excellent article that will help you with fat loss.

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