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CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Primary Benefits

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  • Helps with weight loss
  • Provides cancer fighting benefits
  • Reduces body fat
  • Inhibits atherosclerosis
  • Improves immune function
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves blood sugar stability and insulin sensitivity

Foods with CLA

CLA is found abundantly in grassfed, pasture raised animal foods and wild game including beef, lamb, turkey, seafood and full-fat raw dairy and butter. Pasture-raised/grass-fed beef and butter provide much more CLA than conventionally raised animal foods (grain-fed). CLA is in the fattier cuts of meat so seek these grass-fed meats from quality sources like US Wellness Meats.

Supplementing CLA

While this study showed both CLA and MCT increased satiety and reduced energy intake, I recommend eating foods high in CLA and avoiding synthetic CLA supplements.

Chris Kresser’s article on CLA stated, “Most CLA supplements are derived from linoleic acid in safflower oil, and some studies have shown that CLA supplementation in humans can cause fatty liver, inflammation, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance. Furthermore, CLA supplements have not demonstrated the beneficial effects seen from dietary intake of CLA in human trials. This may be due to the composition of synthetic CLA supplements; 50% of the product is an unnamed isomer, and is an entirely different fatty acid than the CLA and VA found in meat and dairy products. (23)”

MCT – Medium Chain Triglycerides

Learn more about MCTs (medium chain fats) that go straight to your liver, where they are rapidly digested and absorbed. Read my blog post here.