CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid) is a fatty acid found in beef and dairy fats. Scientific interest in CLA was stimulated in 1988 when a University of Wisconsin researcher discovered its cancer-fighting properties in a study of rats fed fried hamburger.
CLA Frequent Questions & Answers:
How Much Should I Take?
The study found that 3.4 grams of CLA was needed in order to get the benefits. That's 3,400 mg. Since the various formulas contain a percentage of other oils as ingredients, it's wise to probably calculate how much each pill is delivering to make sure you're getting the full 3.4 grams a day. For example, if your capsule contains 75% CLA, and it's 1000 mg, then you're getting 750 mg of CLA, and would need 5 per day to get to the 3.4 grams level.
Does CLA Have Any Side Effects?
Some people report feeling slightly nauseous after taking their CLA, or isolated cases of gastrointestinal upset or loose stools. These side effects typically are reduced when the product is taken with protein (i.e.,with milk), and usually decrease after about 2 weeks taking the supplement.
How Should I Take It?
The various recommendations differ here. Some recommendations suggest to take it before eating. Others suggest to take it with meals. Either way is fine. CLA can be taken with or without food
What do you expect to see after taking CLA?
In the first three weeks, the abdominal fat should shrink. Other "fattier" areas (such as cheeks, upper arms, rear end) should slowly shrink as well. Some will notice that their appetite is somewhat reduced.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.