CLA helps pollen allergies

September 09, 2008

CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid closely resembles Linoleic acid, a necessary fatty acid found in vegetable oils that the body requires to work in tandem and balance with the fats found in fish oils. Benefits from CLA include possible enhancement of immunity, as well as potential protection from cancer and heart disease. CLA may also stimulate growth of muscle tissue while promoting fat loss according to a number of human studies. It has been speculated that the dramatic decline in available CLA in American diets may be linked to increased rates of cancer, heart disease, and obesity.

     A recent study has found that CLA has a significant effect on balancing immunity. The clinical study involved forty participants diagnosed with a birch pollen allergy (the most allergenic tree pollen effecting hay fever sufferers). The sufferers were supplemented with 2000mg of CLA in a capsule or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. The participants recorded their allergy symptoms and use of medications during the trial. The results revealed that the CLA group reported a better overall feeling of wellbeing with less sneezing during the allergy season. It was also determined that CLA has anti-inflammatory effects in allergic subjects. The study is published in the July 2008 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.