What is Conjugated Liolenic Acid (CLA)
CLA is a good fat known as Conjugated Liolenic Acid, it is being researched as a potent cancer fighter. In animal studies CLA in small amounts has blocked all three of the stages of cancer, those being initiation, promotion and metastasis. CLA has also been shown to slow the growth of a wide variety of tumours, including breast, skin, colon and prostate

While Human research is in its beginning stages, studies have suggested that CLA has significant benefits in people. A recent survey indicated that women with a higher level of CLA in their diets have a 60% reduction in the risk of breast cancer.2

Many people take synthetic versions of CLA which are promoted as a diet aid and muscle builder. Recent research has determined some synthetic versions of CLA have potentially serious side effects, including raising glucose levels, promoting insulin resistance and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol.3

The most abundant source of healthy and natural CLA is the meat and dairy products of grassfed animals. Research that has been conducted since 1999 shows that grazing animals have from 3-5 times more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot. Just making the switch from grainfed to grassfed can greatly increase CLA intake.4 
  1.  Ip, C., J. A. Scimeca,et al.(1994). "Conjugated linoleic acid.A powerful anticarcinogen from animal fatsources." Cancer 74(3 Suppl): 1050-4.  
  2. Aro, A., S. Mannisto, I. Salminen, M. L. Ovaskainen, V. Kataja, and M. Uusitupa. "Inverse Association between Dietary and Serum Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women." s 38, no. 2 (2000): 151-7.) 
  3.  Riserus, U., P. Arner, et al. (2002). "Treatment with dietary trans10cis12 conjugated linoleic acid causes isomer-specific insulin resistance in obese men with the metabolic syndrome." Diabetes Care 25(9): 1516-21.
  4.  Dhiman, T. R., G. R. Anand, et al. (1999). "Conjugated linoleic acid content of milk from cows fed different diets." J Dairy Sci 82(10): 2146-56.
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