CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid Is A Cancer Fighter | Amoils.com
Conjugated linoleic acid or CLA (to give it its abbreviated name) is apparently an excellent cancer fighter.
One rich and natural source of this is raw milk as well as raw butter, raw cheese and grass fed beef – at least three to five times as much CLA is found in grass fed beef than in grain fed beef.
Conjugated linoleic acid is made up of a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids
As well as being found in grass fed beef and dairy products (which is the best way to increase your CLA levels), it can also be taken in the form of supplements. CLA is an antioxidant with the potential to affect health positively by incorporating itself into cell membranes and exerting health benefits.
Cancer prevention is probably considered to be CLA's greatest potential health benefit
A study in the 2003 "World Journal of Gastroenterology", led by researcher B.Q. Chen, investigated the effects of CLA infusions on gastric cancer cells to determine ways to prevent spread of cancer cells. In this study, CLA stopped cancer cells from adhering to proteins in cell membranes which prevented the spread of cancer. This is just one example of CLA's role in cancer prevention. There are many others. Animal studies show as little as 0.5 percent CLA in your diet could reduce tumors by over 50% while other animal studies have shown that CLA can reduce the risk of several types of cancer including: Breast - Colorectal - Lung - Skin - and Stomach.
Other benefits from raising your CLA levels include
Increasing metabolic rate
Enhancing muscle growth
Reducing food-induced allergic reactions
Promoting a healthy heart by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. CLA is thought to be beneficial to cholesterol levels
Lowering insulin resistance
Enhancing the immune system