Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
Natural Health Sherpa recently published a review of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) –
a trans-fat that purportedly helps fight against heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and obesity. The leading natural health website went through several published studies to get the facts.
The studies show that CLA helps reduce fat in mice, particularly in the abdominal area. One study also showed that CLA helps humans in weight loss too. The Journal of Nutrition also published a study that showed similar results.
“After eight weeks, 82 percent of those taking the CLA saw a reduction in their fasting glucose levels, while only 20 percent of the placebo group had a reduction in their glucose levels. Additionally, those in the conjugated linoleic acid supplement group lost an average of 3.5 pounds, while those on the placebo neither gained nor lost weight. Plus, those taking the CLA also had a reduction in their levels of leptin, a hormone associated with both weight gain and fat storage,” Natural Health Sherpa notes.
Although, an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that CLA was not associated with weightloss or body fat reduction when taken for a year, “It was found that those taking CLA had a significant increase in their leukocyte count, also known as white blood cells, which is commonly associated with a strong immune system,” continues Natural Health Sherpa.
The only side effects observed were occasional upset stomach and diarrhea.
“As you can see, not all foods—not even all trans fats—are the same. Keep asking questions and
seeking answers. Being an informed consumer is the best way to protect your health. And if you find surprising solutions like CLA along the way, all the better,” Natural Health Sherpa concludes.
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