The Diet Pills Watchdog Ingredient Videos: Conjugated Linoleic Acid
A supplement that claims to speed up the metabolism, increase the breakdown of fat and slow the formation of new fat sounds great, but does conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) live up to the hype?
Obesity and its potential side-effects cost hundreds of billions of dollars to deal with each year and if CLA is proven to work as an anti-obesity agent, people could be living longer, healthier lives, which can only be a good thing.
CLA contains a mix of different acids which only occur naturally in the stomachs of ruminant animals and we get them through consuming red meat and dairy products. With this in mind, a CLA supplement could prove to be a much-needed boost for vegetarians and the lactose intolerant.
However, the big question is: does it work? Well, animal testing has almost universally shown that CLA does indeed cut body fat and keep it off, but testing on humans has been inconclusive thus far – while some research shows similar results, others suggest that the supplement is less effective.
Some human tests have resulted in minor reactions, such as nausea and indigestion, but overall, CLA hasn't been tested thoroughly enough for us to be able to recommend it quite yet.