What is conjugated linoleic acid?
Conjugated linoleic acid, more commonly known as CLA, is a naturally occurring fatty acid found mainly in milk fat and meat. It is also available as a dietary supplement. Laboratory studies have shown that CLA may help to prevent cancer and stop the spread of colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers as well as leukemia. Some researchers have suggested that CLA may be an antioxidant. But it's not yet clear how CLA works or whether it can help prevent or treat cancer in humans. Further studies need to be completed with CLA to determine its effectiveness. Information about the side effects of CLA is limited. Some people have experienced mild stomach upset and bloating when taking CLA supplements. Taking it with food may help reduce stomach upset. CLA may prevent the sticking together of platelets in the body. It is always a good idea to speak with your doctor before trying any herbal or alternative treatments.
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