Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

What is CLA?
CLA full name is Conjugated Linoleic Acid. CLA is linoleic acid of pure safflower oil, converted into conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). 

How CLA works:
Studies suggest that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. CLA works by getting in the way of lipoprotein lipase, a substance that helps your body store fat. Affecting some of your body’s enzymes and hormones, and uses your existing fat for energy. By speeding up your metabolism this supplement prevents fat going into cells, and uses this fat for energy within the liver and muscle cells. This substance can be found in lower concentrations within beef, poultry, eggs and corn oil.

Why take CLA?

Clinical research suggests CLA is beneficial to individuals with:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Poor metabolism
  • High cholesterol
  • Food allergies

Medical studies suggest CLA may also:

  • Decrease abdominal fat
  • Enhance muscle growth
  • Lowers insulin resistance
  • Enhance immune system
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improve asthma
  • Reduce body mass

CLA is used by Athletes, some athletes suggest this supplement reduces body fat and increases muscle strength and size.

What are the side effects of CLA?

CLA may cause:

  • Nausea
  • Loose Stools
  • Heartburn

Discontinue use and contact your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the following allergic reactions:

  • An unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Itching CLA
  • Unexplained swelling
  • Wheezing, breathing or swallowing difficulties.


Long term use of CLA is not recommended as it may increase the risk of developing heart disease.


If you are currently taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions please consult your doctor or consultant, to seek advice before taking any vitamins or supplements.