CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
serving size: 1,000 mg 4-6x a day
CLA is a fatty acid processed from sunflower or safflower oil. CLA is also naturally derived from dairy and is found in beef as well. The fatty acid has been shown through numerous animal studies to significantly reduce body fat and increase lean body mass, while reducing appetite. This is by far my favorite, can’t live without supplement. It’s perfect for those wanting to tone up, while preserving your lean muscle mass. Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.” In a separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA was found to improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose level and triglyceride levels.
These are a few incredible benefits to taking CLA…
•Increases Metabolic Rate ~ This would obviously be a positive benefit for thyroid patients, as hypothyroidism — even when treated — can reduce the metabolic rate in some people.
•Decreases Abdominal Fat ~ Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
•Enhances Muscle Growth ~ Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
•Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides ~ Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
•Lowers Insulin Resistance ~ Insulin resistance is a risk for some hypothyroid patients, and lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
•Reduces Food-Induced Allergic Reactions ~ Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
•Enhances Immune System ~ Since most cases of thyroid disease are autoimmune in nature, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit.