What is CLA? | What Are The Benefits?

CLA is becoming a very popular supplement for its supposed benefits for losing weight. In this article we’ll be discussing what CLA actually is, what are the benefits and then you can make a decision on whether it’s a supplement you should be adding to your stack.


What is CLA?


CLA is a fatty acid supplement that is derived from LA (Linoleic Acid). It is considered an Omega-6 fatty acid that is essential for human health. Although almost all of the omega-6 fatty acids are found in the foods we consume, mostly from meat and dairy products, such as beef and milk, there are pills made to help supplement the intake of CLA. CLA is primarily found in much higher amounts in animal products like dairy and meat from animals that have been grass-fed.

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What are the benefits of CLA?


CLA has  many health benefits for the human body, with one of the most prominent being its ability to decrease or reduce tumors in size and quantity in the body by over 50%. Although its most known for its ability to help cure tumor patients, it also has shown remarkable results in the treatment of some cancers, such as breast cancer and skin cancer.

When it comes to bodybuilding, one of the many advantages of CLA supplements is its ability to increase insulin levels in the body and actually mimics the effects or advantages or a synthetic diabetic medicine or drug. CLA is also one of the best fat burners on the market available to buy, while also being stimulant free as some other forms of fat burners are. CLA by itself or combined with a fat burner is commonly used by many athletes on a specific and strict diet and exercise routine.

Lowering or decreasing fat. When humans consume CLA, it has been shown to be extremely useful in lowering body fat, which is why many bodybuilders will use CLA today to help prepare for contests and photo shoots. What’s amazing with CLA, is unlike a low calorie diet, it will allow you to lose a significant amount of weight, while at the same time maintaining or even increasing lean body mass.

When it comes to losing fat, CLA works because it helps break the fatty acid bonds within the body and also increases your metabolic rate or metabolism by a small amount. This is beneficial obviously for any athlete that is trying to lose weight or become more toned and ripped.

Building muscle is another advantage of CLA. Although the amount of lean muscle mass you will gain on CLA will be minimal, every bit counts because the more lean muscle mass you have on your body, the higher your metabolism will be, which results in a greater loss of fat over a period of time. CLA also makes it much easier to maintain a leaner physique year round while combined with proper dieting.

CLA is one of the greatest supplements any athlete can take on a daily basis in order to help improve his/her physique and physical function while being risk free to the body. When you consume CLA regularly, it can help to enhance your immune system functions so you’re less likely to become ill, while also helping diminish food related allergies and symptoms from those allergic to foods. Although it wont make an allergy go away, it has been shown to diminish the effects of an allergic reaction to a food or nutrient.

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What foods contain CLA?


The most popular and convenient source of CLA is to supplement with CLA capsules, it is also found in high amounts in some food products. These include:

✓ Lamb

✓ Butter

✓ Cottage cheese

✓ Milk

✓ Grass Fed Beef

By consuming these foods in moderation, you end up increasing your daily intake of CLA, which is why these foods are seen as essentials in a bodybuilders diet in order to create and maintain the leanest physique possible.

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Take Home Message


There you have it. Now you know what CLA is and why so many people take this supplement regularly and year round to help stay in shape and remain healthy. CLA is great for any person of all ages. If taken regularly alongside a proper exercise routine, the benefits CLA has to offer on improving your physique and physical health is substantial to anyone and everyone. I would highly recommend adding CLA to your list of daily supplements to take if you haven’t already.

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Logan Berman

Logan Berman

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