CLA – Transcend Supplements
- Transcend CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a polyunsaturated fat found in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid found mostly in plant oils.
- It’s one of the magic ingredients that make grass-fed butter and meat so incredible for boosting your physical performance.
- Transcend CLA helps your body build muscle rather than store fat and has anti-inflammatory properties. It may even help prevent cancer.
As one of the few naturally occurring, healthy trans fats, this little fatty acid can burn fat, build muscle, and fight cancer.
What is CLA?
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a polyunsaturated fat found in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid found mostly in plant oils. Naturally, CLA is a product of digestion by microbes in the first stomach (rumens) of grass-eating animals such as cows, so is found mainly in grass-fed beef and dairy products. Transcend CLA it’s also connected to fighting cancer, and helping your body build muscle rather than store fat.
Conjugated linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid. Diets high in omega-6 tend to be inflammatory, which is why you may have heard to avoid omega-6 rich foods. Your body actually needs some omega-6 from food sources, but in a much smaller dose than the standard western diet dishes out.
Fortunately, the anti-inflammatory properties of CLA cause it to behave more like an omega-3 in the body. The two main active isomers, or types, of CLA are the 9,11 isomer, and the 10,12 isomer.
What are the benefits of CLA?
CLA burns body fat and helps with weight loss. The most well-established benefit of Transcend CLA is its fat-fighting power. Successful human studies show that doses of 3 to 4 grams daily build muscle mass and promote body fat loss in healthy, overweight, and obese participants.
Conjugated linoleic acid can affect your weight loss through several pathways. Several studies show that the 10,12 CLA isomer acts on PPAR-gamma receptors to inhibit the genes responsible for fat storage and adipocyte (fat cell) production, preventing weight gain from the start. Bonus points: reducing fat storage also boosts your liver performance, and can reduce the fatty deposits behind atherosclerosis.) At the same time, CLA increases your body’s energy expenditure, helping you to burn fat faster than you build it.
Human studies also show that CLA can increase satiety (your feeling of fullness) — The theory here is that 10,12 CLA actually decreases the expression of certain hunger-signalling factors in the hypothalamus area of your brain.
Fights inflammation and boosts immune system
The anti-inflammatory functions of conjugated linoleic acid, like other inflammation-busting foods, help it support nearly every system in your body. Studies show that CLA plays a role in regulating your body’s inflammatory and immune responses, as well as boosting liver health to support detoxification.
Conjugated linoleic acids bolster the immune system and helps build resistance to infections, inflammatory disorders and other immune system imbalances like autoimmune disease and allergies.
In one study from The Journal of Nutrition, the anti-inflammatory properties of both Transcend CLA isomers successfully reduced inflammation in arthritic mice. It may also benefit people suffering from asthma and allergies by reducing over-responsive airway inflammation.
These results suggest that consuming CLA could benefit other chronic inflammatory conditions.
CLA may help prevent cancers
One of the first findings to bring conjugated linoleic acid into the health scene was its potential as a cancer prevention agent, especially in the fight against breast cancer. In animal studies, supplementing with CLA reduced the number of tumors in rats. It directly limited the process of cancer formation by lowering the susceptibility of tissues to cancer, and inhibiting the metastasis (spreading) and adhesion of new tumors. This cancer-busting fatty acid has also been shown to reduce the formation of new blood vessels needed to feed a tumor, and up-regulate a gene called PTP gamma, known for its role in suppressing tumors in breast, kidney and lung cancer.
CLA and diabetes
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found higher concentrations of 9,11 CLA in adipose tissue was associated with a lower risk of diabetes. Of course, if you’re eating a diet rich in CLA, you’re probably eating less of the toxic processed meat products linked to diabetes.
Builds (and maintains) strong bones
Another advantage of CLA comes from its bone-strengthening and protective effects. CLA significantly prevents losses in bone density by both increasing the body’s signals to absorb calcium (parathyroid hormone and calcitriol), as well as reducing the activity of osteoclasts, the cells responsible for eating away at your bones when calcium is low.