CLA 750mg 90 softgels - conjugated linoleic acid | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas CLA 750 Clarinol helps to keep the weight off and maintain a shapely figure. A natural source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), Clarinol CLA can decrease body fat while at the same time, lean muscle mass can be retained or even increase.
CLA contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a unique optical isomer of the polyunsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid. CLA is a lipid component of cell membranes and breast milk. Although dietary sources of CLA typically include red meat and dairy products, CLA assists in glucose metabolism, body fat reduction and retain muscle mass when dieting or increae muscle mass when eating in a caloric surplus.
Studies show especially males in their 50's and beyond benefit from CLA in their quest to build muscle and drop body fat.
Jarrow Formulas CLA is derived from safflower oil. Each 1000 mg softgel contains a minimum 75-82% CLA (providing at least 750 mg CLA per softgel) an amount that cannot be derived from natural food unless eating a too large amount of calories. For instance, two CLA softgels offer the CLA equivalent of 38 slices of full-fat cheese.
• CLA helps to break down body fat while on a healthy maintenance diet
• CLA spares muscle protein during training
• CLA supplementation works wonders in middle aged men who are on a weight training regimen
• CLA works synergistally with creatine
What is CLA?
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a group of compounds closely related to linoleic acid itself (an omega-6 fatty acid), one of the two families of essential fatty acids which we must eat regularly for good health. Even though CLA is derived from linoleic acid, it has special properties not found in the parent compound.
CLA has been studied for two decades in various animal models. It is a fatty acid nutrient which occurs naturally in beef, turkey and many dairy products. The reason that CLA is supplied by meats and dairy products is that it is the result of linoleic acid being metabolized by the bacteria Butyrivibrio fibrosolvens, an organism found in the intestinal tracts of some animals, particularly ruminants, such as cows. Unfortunately, modern agricultural practices reduce the amount of CLA present in the foods we usually consume. Also, not all meats and oils are good sources of CLA. Pork, chicken, fish and vegetable oils, for instance, contain very little CLA. Currently, CLA is produced commercially from sunflower or safflower oil.
Linoleic acid is a molecule which consists of a chain of 18 carbon atoms. Most of the carbon atoms are linked to neighboring atoms by “single bonds.” Two of lhe links in the chain are the more rigid “double bonds.” Chemical reactions can cause one of the double bonds to shift so that it is separated from the other by only one single bond to form a “conjugated” fatty acid. Thus, when the two double bonds in linoleic acid are moved closer together in the chain, a conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) molecule is created. The placement of the double bonds affects the molecule’s shape and functions.
Partitioning agent to reduce fat stores
Currently, scientists believe that CLA alters the way that fats are broken down and stored in various membranes and tissues. The ratio of saturated fats to monosaturated fats in tissues is altered. The effect of this change, in the several species of animals studied, is a reduction in food consumption and a reduction in stored fat.
Dieters, of course, are primarily interested in whether CLA will help them lose weight. The answer here is that research to date indicates that this supplement may be better at making you leaner than at making you lighter. In a variety of animal models, adding CLA to the diet for four to eight weeks has been shown to substantially reduce the amount of fat found in the body (from 10.13% to 4.34% in one study) and to moderately increase the amount of lean tissue. In these animals, CLA caused some minor reductions in appetite, and that might account for some of its effects.
Another possible mechanism of action of CLA could be the reduction of leptin levels. Leptin is a protein that is synthesized and secreted by fat cells. Scientific evidence indicates leptin acts centrally to regulate appetite and energy expenditure, as well as peripherally to regulate whole-body energy metabolism. High levels of leptin are linked with increased adiposity. Animal and human studies confi rm CLA’s ability to reduce leptin levels. In fact, in one two-year study with CLA, leptin levels decreased 20–35% as the subjects lost body fat mass.
Positive changes in body composition and in other physiological markers might begin to appear only after four to eight weeks of continued use. CLA is therefore not a “quick fix” for weight loss. Its real potential benefit is that once you’ve lost the fat, you may continue to stay leaner than before with less effort.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Why can resistant starch improve your blood sugar balance?
Among the most popular good intentions we have before the new year starts is to improve health and lose weight.
Sadly, for many of us, those good intentions fall by the wayside within as little as 1 or 2 weeks. The main reason for failing on any given diet is that it tends to be a too drastic change in how we tend to eat.
Which for most of us, tends to be a moderate to high-carb diet, which for most Dutch people tends to revolve around bread and potatoes. That will make it very hard if you want to make a switch to a low-carb diet as is the norm these days.
However, I've got good news for you! You may not need to give up on all of your carbs. Instead, you can try to switch from carbs that have a negative impact on your blood sugar balance, towards slow-acting carbs also known as ... resistant starch.
Even when you are quite happy about eating a (very) low-carb diet, there are still ways to increase the amount of resistant starch in your diet, without drastically increasing the amount of calories and 'net carbs'.
Therefore the article below will tell you everything about resistant starch you need to know.
Set point and holiday weight gain
Leptin, leptin resistance and SIRT1
After demand for resveratrol and pterostilbene went up considerably, due to a remark on tv by a doctor about its' effect on leptin and cardiovascular function, we got a lot of requests to explain how leptin works.
Currently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after years of research focused on hormones that affect body weight and calorie intake. While initially researchers believed the discovery could be used to create powerful weight loss supplements, this has never happened.
How does leptin function in the body and where does the hormone come from? Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and eating behavior. The nickname “the starvation hormone” has been given to leptin because levels tend to plummet when someone restricts their calorie intake too much, exercises more and loses body fat. These are all factors involved in what’s called “starvation mode.”
Meanwhile, ghrelin is called a “hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat.
At your ideal “set point weight,” fat cells produce a given amount of leptin, which maintains the internal energy balance needed for necessary cellular function and proper weight management. In most healthy adults, changes in body weight will trigger changes in leptin, causing appetite to either increase when body fat falls or decrease when body fat rises — although in some susceptible individuals this energy-balance system seems to malfunction.
There’s still a lot to learn about how leptin resistance or decreased sensitivity to leptin’s signals develops, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it. Many experts believe that eating a highly processed diet — especially while also leading a stressful and mostly sedentary lifestyle — is the perfect storm for developing leptin resistance.
Even if someone is genetically susceptible to weight gain or obesity, there’s still a lot they can do to help prevent this from happening, especially eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough exercise and taking steps to manage stress.
Exercise and immunity: staying fit at home
When you are used to go to a gym to exercise and are forced to stay at home, it is good to know there are alternatives to gym workouts. Since most of those exercises are shown on short videos with an explanation we will not present much text this time , apart from explaining why exercise is so important for immune system.
How to love your body?
With all these standards for beauty, it’s easy to plummet into a spiral of body-hating. Don’t succumb to the pressure! Love your body, no matter what!
Body shaming is, sadly, a trend these days. You have songs that hate on the skinny girls because “real women have curves.” Then you have songs about shaming people who don’t happen to have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model. We all know that no one is perfect, but there are still some people who insist on telling people how they should look, how they should act, what size they should be, what their hair color should look like.
Everyone has the right to love their own body. Whether you’re skinny, fat, tall, short, missing a limb, dark-skinned, pale-skinned, what have you, every single body in the world deserves to be loved. It’s just a shame that so many people insist on hating on their bodies, simply because they don’t conform to the unrealistic standards set by society.
Exercise or diet, what's better for weight loss?Especially in January, we are asked whether it is better to lose weight by exercise or by diet.
The response I mostly give is that diet is the more efficient method but makes you grumpy and if you overdo it, will lose muscle, while exercise can make you happy, fit and strong.
A few years ago the discovery how in general, exercise doesn't make you lose weight made headlines.
In my former life as a long-distance cyclist I'd have shaken my head in disbelief.. after all, every single spring, fat would almost literally melt away once the cycling season started.
Anyhow, as counterintuitive as it seems to mile-eating cardio-junkies, exercising more is not the best solution to weight loss mostly because the weight piles on off-season.
True enough , once the season was over, the fat would pile on equally fast. Why?
Quite simply, unlike many of my cycling buddies who were also passionate about (marathon) skating, I didn't practice any other sport. Some others refused to skate indoor and only wanted to skate on natural ice, which has become a rarity in the the past 30 years!
Of course I knew exercise burns calories, but somehow it is very difficult to adjust to diet upwards or downwards as appetite lags behind so much!
DHEA, what is it and why is it so popular?DHEA is an abbreviation for dehydroepiandrosterone, which is a steroid hormone available in dietary supplement form. Inside the body, it is made in the adrenal glands.
In the body, DHEA is converted into male and female sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone.
DHEA is also responsible for developing “androgenic effects” that are referred to as masculinization. Examples of such changes include production of oilier skin, changes in body odor and growth of armpit and pubic hair.
On the other hand, DHEA can play a part in physiological pathways, since it is believed to bind to certain receptor types and act as a neurosteroid that directly affects neuronal excitability.
DHEA production peaks around age 25. Afterwards DHEA levels decline steadily.
Training in the heat
After a warm spring and a seemingly endless monsoon in June, the hottest days of summer are lying ahead. For those of us, that want to train in the heat, a few tips for hot weather training.
Listen to signals from your body: don't hesitate to stop exercising when you feel lightheaded, disoriented or nauseous.
Don't start on a new and challenging training program in the heat: you should be fit already, so the body only needs to adapt to the heat instead of both the heat and a higher training performance.
take 1 capsule with water or an acidic fruit juice twice a day with a meal
contains per daily serving (1 softgel)
conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) 750 mg†
safflower oil base 250mg†
RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established
active ingredient (conjugated linoleic acid from safflower oil), antioxidant (mixed tocopherols), capsule (bovine gelatin, glycerin, purified water)
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)