Important Weight Loss Side Effect Info about Dr. Oz Conjugated Linoleic Acid Fat Melter
Today is the day Dr. Oz begins his televised “Fat-Fighting Solutions” week with an assortment of brand new fat melters, dieting tips and exercises to help you lose weight, slim down and become healthy. In a preview of today’s show with special guest Eva Selhub, MD, Dr. Oz reveals his “newest” weight loss fat melter―conjugated linoleic acid; or, as it is more commonly known―“CLA.” However, as it turns out, CLA for weight loss is not so “new” after all and has a reputation of being among the more argued weight loss supplements that may not work in some people and in others may open them to a risk of developing diabetes.
Conjugated linoleic acid is a natural fatty acid that is found primarily in the meat of grass-fed cattle and sheep. However, because the majority of livestock today are fed grain, the levels of CLA in meat at the grocery store are much lower than what they used to be. Today, it is considered perfectly safe, beneficial and recommended by some nutritionists to get your CLA from grass-fed animals.
The FDA categorizes CLA with GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) status for certain foods including fluid milk, yogurt, meal replacement shakes, nutritional bars, fruit juices and soy milk. A natural non-meat source of CLA can be gained in appreciable concentrations by eating some species of mushrooms.
However, in its supplement form, the important isomers (types of CLA), efficacious dosages, benefits and potential health risks of ingesting supplemental CLA, are far less clear. As expected, this lack of clarity does not stop sellers of this supplement from claiming supporting studies regarding its fat melting abilities in their advertisements while ignoring contrary studies that report no benefit and some potential harm.
Interest in CLA began a number of years ago when researchers reported fat loss in some species of laboratory animals that were fed conjugated linoleic acid. In humans, a 2004 study by Scandinavian scientists reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition their results that demonstrated study participants who were overweight had reduced their body fat mass by as much as 9% while taking CLA.