How Long Does it Take CLA to Work?


More and more people are discovering the benefits of taking CLA, but they have questions this article can answer. Do those who have taken it see immediate results, or does it work over a long period of time?

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Essential Fats

All fats are not bad. Some are necessary for good health, and these are called “essential fatty acids (EFAs).” Three basic EFAs are linolenic acid (omega-3), linoleic acid (omega-6), and oleic acid (omega-9).

Oleic acid (omega-9) can be manufactured by your body. It is also found in olives, avocados, and many nuts. It can lower your risk for heart attacks and arteriosclerosis.

Many foods supply Linolenic acid (omega-3), but flaxseed oil contains the highest concentration. Salmon, avocados, nuts, seeds, greens, and cold-pressed canola oil also provide omega-3. Linolenic acid makes cell walls more flexible, which helps the circulation of oxygen.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in cold-pressed oils such as flaxseed, hempseed, grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, and olive oil. Other foods contain this omega-6 acid as well, such as dairy, beef, and chicken.

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How CLA Works

Linoleic acid may help your body increase muscle and decrease fat deposits. It can be helpful for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders, and immune function.

Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is an enzyme that breaks down fat you eat and stores it in your body. CLA hinders LPL, so your body stores less fat. CLA also helps destroy fat cells before your body stores them, and it helps turn fat into energy.

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CLA Enhances Health

Eating a salad with cold-pressed (virgin) olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing will supply your body with more healthy ingredients than a cheeseburger and fries. In the same way, taking Tonalin CLA and other essential oils will supply your body with healthy ingredients.

CLA does not suppress your appetite. It isn’t a magic pill that will make you lose weight and gain muscle overnight. However, it can help your body move in that direction. It will enhance the effects of eating a healthy diet and exercising.

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Recommended Dosage

Some CLA comes from sunflower oil, with about 30% CLA. Tonalin CLA comes from safflower oil and may contain about 80% CLA. Tonalin CLA has most often been used in research studies.

Surely, the amount of CLA you take will make a difference. Read the label on your bottle. Many people take up to six capsules a day to get the recommended 1000 mg.

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According to assorted testimonials, some people notice a difference in a couple of weeks, while it takes others four to six weeks. Results also varies with the individual.

CLA certainly is worth a try. It is natural, and the only side effect is an upset stomach for some people. Taking your CLA with food helps this.

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