Back

News

What is CLA and What does Conjugated Linoleic Acid Do?

Athletes, gym enthusiasts, and everyday people use conjugated linoleic acid supplements to support some weight loss, muscle health and their overall health*. Although popular in the health and fitness community, lots of people aren’t sure what the benefits of conjugated linoleic acid are, what it is exactly, or what it can be used for. Keep reading if you are curious to know more about conjugated linoleic acid!

What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

Conjugated linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid found in many foods and plant oils. It is produced by the digestion of grass-eating animals such as cows, so occurs most typically in grass-fed beef products and dairy products. Conjugated linoleic acid can also be derived from safflower oil, which is high in linoleic acids.

Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid Good for Your Health*?

To stay healthy, the human body requires a range of omega-6 fatty acids, including conjugated linoleic acid. Studies showthat overconsumption of trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids may not be desirable. However, once ingested, conjugated linoleic acid actually acts more like an omega-3 acid. This means it can help support the body's natural inflammatory response, promote energy levels, and support weight loss and muscle health*.

Support Muscle Health*

Although it seems counterintuitive that a trans-fat can help support the body in muscle health, conjugated linoleic acid is hugely popular amongst bodybuilders and athletes for just this purpose. Conjugated linoleic acid is made up of isomers that support the body’s basal metabolic rate which breaks down fat into energy faster. This energy is then used by the body to synthesize the proteins which form the basis to support muscle health*. 

Many body builders use for muscle health also the Nitric Oxide, if your are curious about check our article What Does Nitric Oxide Do?

Helps With Endurance and Stamina*

Since conjugated linoleic acid supports the body’s natural metabolizing processes, it can be used to help you recover faster from exercise and regain energy*. In simple terms, conjugated linoleic acid helps in burning fat, which may help your energy levels*.

Supports Weight Loss*

The most well-known benefit of conjugated linoleic acid is its ability to support weight loss without sacrificing muscle gain*.In addition to supporting the natural fat-burning systems of the body, conjugated linoleic acid also helps to suppress the appetite*. Taking a conjugated linoleic acid supplement can help your appetite and satiety after a meal.*

Supports the Body's Inflammatory Response*

The isomers that make up conjugated linoleic acid help support the body's natural inflammatory and immune responses*. 

Supports Cardiovascular Health*

Conjugated linoleic acid helps heart health by supporting liver function and fat burning processes*. Conjugated linoleic acid also supports the liver in cleansing the body*.

How Much Conjugated Linoleic Acid Should You Take?

To get the most of conjugated linoleic acid’s ability to support the body’s metabolism and energy levels, you should never exceed the recommended dose*. Generally, it is recommended that an already healthy person should take between 2000mg to 3000mg of conjugated linoleic acid per day*. 

What Are the Risks of Taking Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

Some people have reported minor side effects such as headaches and nausea when taking a conjugated linoleic acid supplement. However, these side effects are rare and can be mitigated by simply taking your supplement before or after a meal*. 

If you are going to start taking a conjugated linoleic acid supplement, you should always check the active ingredients in the supplement, and always use it as directed by the manufacturer. As with any type of supplement, it is best to seek the advice of your medical practitioner before you incorporate it into your daily routine. 

How to Order Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplements?

Orphic Nutrition’s CLA Supplements can be easily ordered online either as a stand-alone product or in a bundle with any of our other supplements.

The Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplements from Orphic Nutrition are derived from safflower oil. Each capsule gives you 2000 mg of conjugated linoleic acid per serving. 

A popular choice is to combine the Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplements with  Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements and our Garcinia Cambogia Pills