CLA is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid and is essential to health, but your body cannot make it – you must obtain it from food or supplementation.
CLA is found mainly in beef, cheese, milk, and other dairy foods. Getting enough CLA from food for the beneficial effects would require considerable intake of these foods – impractical and could have negative effects of high calories and saturated fat.
Through advanced lipid technology, CLA can be produced from linoleic acid in safflower oil.
CLA is convenient, efficient and economical way to supplement healthy fat into your diet. You can control the amount of CLA intake without the high calorie food consumption.
CLA has been the subject of a variety of research on the past several years. Findings also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the following:
Increase Metabolic Rate
This would obviously be a positive benefit for a person with and under-performing thyroid (even when treated).
Decrease Abdominal Fat
Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
Enhances Muscle Growth
Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
Lowers Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a risk for some under-performing thyroid patients, and lowering it can help prevent adult-onset of blood sugar problems, making it easier to control weight.
Reduces Food-induced Allergic Reactions
Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group.
Without CLA, many aspects of our metabolism fail to operate efficiently. CLA may help glucose get into muscle cells more effectively, thus preventing glucose from being converted into fat. It also helps fats enter the cell membranes of muscle and connective tissue, where the fat is burned for fuel.