Major therapeutic interest
- Improving ratio of muscle mass/fatty tissue;
- Boosting athletic performance;
- Providing protection against cancer and cardiovascular diseases*;
- Stimulating the immune system;
- Improving glucose tolerance*.
Other therapeutic interest / Traditional Use
As a supplement
The amount ingested through a regular diet must not be exceeded (approximately 1 g of CLA per day).
- Pregnancy (potentially lower birth weight in newborns). Please note that CLA absorbed from foods is risk-free;
- Children ages 12 and under;
- Liver problems.
Mixture of active molecules sharing the same chemical composition, with slightly different structures; mostly cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12 isomers of linoleic acid
Main dietary sources of CLA:
- Meat from ruminants (lamb, beef, mutton, goat), milk, and other dairy products.
Sources for the production of CLA supplements:
- Vegetable oils transformed by chemical reactions.
- *Findings from studies on humans do not support this use; rather they are contrary to these claims;
- *It is impossible to evaluate the health effects of long-term use of CLA as a supplement since the development of insulin resistance has been observed in humans. Close medical supervision is therefore necessary for diabetics.