Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
With the rate at which diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders are on the rise in this country, it’s no wonder that people are seeking out different ways to
improve upon lean muscle mass and to help enhance their body fat ratio. These are all things that are certainly important when we talk about the way that fat is distributed throughout the body and how much of an impact too much excess weight can have, especially through the abdomen.
It has been known for a very long time, in both men and women, that when you carry too much excess belly fat, it generates a significant risk when it comes to cardiovascular disease. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that came from nature that would be supportive to that belly fat while also providing antioxidant benefits throughout the body that can help at that cellular level. Today, I’m going to talk about CLA, which is Conjugated Linoleic Acid. The way that CLA has been researched is really quite interesting because it’s been shown to be quite effective across the spectrum for targeting many different problems that can arise through the aging process and in the setting of chronic diseases, while also placing a lot of focus on healthy weight, especially on belly fat.†
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What is CLA?
What we know about Conjugated Linoleic Acid is that it’s basically a collective term used to designate different structures of Linoleic Acid. One thing we know about Linoleic Acid by itself is it can actually be pro-inflammatory, so actually driving up inflammation in the body. When it’s in its conjugated form, it actually does a significant amount of benefit when it comes to
The benefits of CLA
One of the big drivers for CLA in terms of public knowledge of it is because of the obesity pandemic that we are dealing with, not only here in America but throughout the world. There was a lot of early research where they wondered if a lack of CLA could actually be a driving force for greater fat deposits throughout the body and less of that leaner muscle mass.
A lot of the original studies that came out with that were looking specifically at the levels of CLA. There was an interesting study that they did in Norway many years ago looking at CLA supplementation and the subjects in that study actually lost up to 20% of their body fat in three months without even changing their diet.
Tune into the full podcast episode to learn more about these early studies.
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CLA plays a really important role in thermogenesis, or natural fat burning, which is why it’s been pushed to the forefront of being beneficial for those who are trying to shave off some of that excess belly fat. Now is this something that happens over night? No, certainly not. The other thing that I like people to recognize about CLA is that it actually yields a very powerful antioxidant property to it, which is why it’s been looked at in the setting of cardiovascular disease and looking at its benefit for targeting oxidation that can be very detrimental to the heart, as well as the blood vessels. There’s a lot of research out there looking at how dietary Conjugated Linoleic Acid can reduce plasma lipoprotein levels, which refers to bad cholesterol levels. They found this when they were looking at disease states such as atherosclerosis and high cholesterol.
Learn more about the benefits and importance of CLA by tuning into the full podcast episode.