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Conjugated Linoleic Acid CLA – Its Benefits

Posted Aug 02 2011 8:19am


I can't help but recall Obama talking about the importance of education and how it will change the lives of Americans these days, and perhaps there is great truth in that statement. Yet there are some criticisms that cannot be ignored…

Although not all of us are gifted (or rich) enough to gain admission into an Ivy League school, the thing is that studying doesn't necessarily have to be about getting a degree but should be a part of your daily life.

There's never a day that goes by where you cannot learn something new… and it always comes to good use sooner or later. Well, take for example, research and development…

Fats and Essential Fatty Acids

When researchers found out that fats were not all bad – this represented a shift in understanding about the diet that one should maintain in order to either lose weight or reduce it going forward.

Now that it's common knowledge, we all know that unsaturated, saturated and brown fat are actually necessary for the body, and that in itself has resulted in a change of perception when it comes to the foods that we eat.

Interestingly, what makes the consumption of food that contains these fats so necessary is due to the fact that there are some essential fatty acids that are needed for you to live a healthier life.

According to medical experts, there are two fatty acids that are needed and they are: alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid).

The important thing to remember here is while the body can produce most essential nutrients that it requires, there are others that have to be derived from the food that we eat.

So, in regards to these two acids, you can find them in green leafy vegetables, seed oils, fish, eggs and so on and so forth, thus making the difference!

Yet there's more since researchers have uncovered much more…

Conjugated Linoleic Acid and its Benefits

While the compound Linoleic Acid is beneficial for one's health in several ways, the Conjugated Linoleic Acid , which is a fatty acid and that is made up of 28 isomers, is also considered to be a benefit to one's health as well.

It is found in meat and dairy products that are obtainable from goat, sheep and cattle, and is also said to be promising in the area of cancer research, which has been stagnant for the last few decades with no cure in sight.

So here are some of the health benefits associated with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).

Health Benefits of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Until recently, this compound was considered to be a bad fatty acid until proven otherwise. Most experts consider the intake of Conjugated Linoleic Acid through natural sources to be better than taking supplements.

So here are the benefits as listed:

#1: Anti- cancer properties – by inhibiting the growth of tumors as well as reducing their size as well

#2: Weight Loss – reduced body fat and increases preservation of muscle tissue

#3: Preventing Weight Gain – By keeping small fat cells from growing larger

#4: Others – Strengthen the immune system, lower triglyceride and LDL cholesterol which reduces glucose output in diabetics.

In Closing

And if it wasn't for curiosity to distinguish myths from truth, the important role that research and development plays in our lives is something that you just cannot ignore.

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