What is conjugated linoleic acid?
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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