Conjugated linoleic acids are structural variations of linoleic acid found primarily in meat and dairy products. They are sold as supplements, primarily for supposed support of fat loss and muscle gain.

Health considerations

Studies of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in rodents indicate an ability to promote moderate fat loss, metabolic increase, and sensitization to insulin. These results have not been replicated in clinical trials in humans. Bacteria within the gut are capable of converting linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid to CLA.

May be found in

Grass-fed meat, grass-fed dairy, almond mushrooms, white mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, supplements


Journal of Bacteriology 
International Journal of Food Microbiology 
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
Cardiovascular Therapeutics 
European Journal of Nutrition 

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