The Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid. The word Conjugated means that the CLA is composed of two interconnected molecules of Linoleic Acid.
The CLA blocks the creation of new fat cells, as it inhibits the activity of the Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) enzyme, an enzyme that transports fats from the bloodstream to muscles and adipose tissue, and in addition the CLA destroys the fats that are already in our body, because it favors Lipolysis (elimination of accumulated body fat).
The Conjugated Linoleic Acid acts at a muscular level by boosting the activity of the Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase (CPT) enzyme, which increases muscle mass without adding adipose tissue.
The CLA produces antioxidant effects in cells, as it influences their composition, structure and functionality, avoiding oxidative stress and free radicals.
The Conjugated Linoleic Acid helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as prevent cardiovascular diseases.
The CLA can be found naturally in vegetable oils such as corn oil, soybean oil or sunflower oil, as well as in milk and meat from sheep and goats.