Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a slightly altered form of the essential Omega 6 fatty acid, linoleic acid and is naturally occuring in meat, dairy products, poultry and eggs. Intestinal bacteria synthesise CLA from linoleic acid , although there is no evidence that supplementing LA increases levels of CLA in the blood.
What it does
The function of CLA is not clear although it is an anti-oxidant and appears to have a role in fat metabolism and protein synthesis. It may have protective effects against degenerative diseases.
CLA may be useful for athletes and people who exercise regularly as it helps increase strength, protect against oxidative stress and may increase the ability to use stored fat for energy.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using CLA.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with CLA.