Intake of supplement of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) by overweight people had showed a reduction in body fat, says a new study in The Journal of Nutrition.
The study was conducted to analyze the effects of CLA on human body. The tests were done to measure the effects on body fat mass, lean body mass, bone mineral mass, body weight, and body mass index. The CLA supplement was given in the triglyceride form.
The results showed that there was no change in fasting blood sugar. There was significant increase in aspartate amino transferase. There was marked lessening of plasma total cholesterol and LDL, but not HDL cholestrol. There was a reduction in body fat mass and body weight in the subjects who were given triglycerides.
This proves that CLA supplementation in healthy adults is not only acceptable to the body but it also helped in reducing body weight and may help in maintaining the body fat mass in the longer time phase.
However experts are of the opinion that the results are not sufficient to use triglycerides or CLA supplements as medication for weight loss in obese adults. More studies are required to confirm the results and find out the safety of using the drug for the long term.