What is CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid?
CLA by HSN Essentials is a complement based on Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a type of essential fatty acid - Omega-6 - that is naturally synthesized in very small amounts in humans and other mammals, as well as in vegetable oils.
Ruminant animals synthesize this type of fatty acid considerably, hence their fat and especially their milk are a rich source of CLA.
CLA is composed by various types of isomers (different structural forms of the same molecule), such as the cis-9, 11, which are the most abundant form in nature, and trans-10, cis -12, which are usually found in nutritional supplements.
Properties of CLA
CLA and definition go hand in hand. With this term we are referring to the process by which we intend to maintain muscle mass, as much as possible, and eliminate as much fat as we can, thereby improving our body composition, and enhancing our image. To achieve these goals it is necessary to maintain a caloric intake with an energy deficit, that is, we must eat less calories than the total expenditure.
This way, we can gradually appreciate these effects:
Effects of CLA
- Contributes to weight maintenance
- Encourages fat usage
- Improves recovery after physical exercise
- Reduces LDL cholesterol
- Enhances immune function
- Exerts an antioxidant effect
Benefits of CLA
CLA promotes the body's use of fat, improving fat loss, within a hypocaloric framework: it works activating lipolysis, decomposition of the fat stored in adipocytes in to free fatty acids, thereby increasing oxidation of the fatty acids. This is a consequence of the fact that CLA can inhibit the function of the LPL enzyme (LipoProtein Lipase), avoiding accumulation in the fatty cells, and favoring the oxidation of free fatty acids.
Maintain Muscle Mass
CLA can help in the definition process to maintain muscle mass since it can enhance the action of the CPT enzyme (Carnitine PalmitoylTransferase), whose functionality is related to the transport of fat to the cell, where precisely in the mitochondria its subsequent oxidation will take place. This way, a greater use of the lipid substrate can be prioritized with the resulting energy saving of glycogen and, in addition, we will not use amino acids as a fuel source in caloric deficit.
To promote the benefits derived from the use of CLA, it is advisable to establish healthy habits in terms of sports and nutrition.
Who can take CLA?
- People who want to improve their body composition (reduce fat mass and keep a good muscle tissue)
- Fitness athletes during muscle defining periods
Combine CLA and Other Fat Loss Supplements
CLA is listed within the fat loss supplements, but in this case it is a product with no stimulants.
CLA is intended for the definition stage, so it can be totally compatible with the rest of products that integrate this purpose, such as: