Medicinal ingredients (per softgel):
Conjugated linoleic acid ……………………………………………………….800 mg[derived from processed safflower (carthamus tinctorius) seed oil]
(1000 mg CLA-rich oil provides 800 mg conjugated linoleic acid)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Gelatin.
Recommended dose (adults): 2 softgel, 2 times daily.
Directions for use: Take with food.
Duration of use: Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 6 months.
CAUTIONS: Not intended for children. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if your goal is to achieve weight loss. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are obese or have cardiovascular disease risk factors (e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides). Some people may experience gastrointestinal upset. Do not use if the security seal is broken. Keep in a cool and dry place away from children.
Contains NO: Sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, lactose, egg, shellfish, preservatives, artificial colors, sulphites, or GMO.
CLA is a fatty acid that has been shown to reduce body fat and promote muscle tone in laboratory studies. CLA is traditionally found in beef and dairy products. Humans do not produce CLA. However, it can be obtained by ingesting foods that contain CLA. HPDI understands the need for CLA and offers it in 1,000 mg softgel capsules. You can supplement your diet with HPDI’s CLA, which is specially processed from the linoleic acid in safflower oil.
CLA was discovered by Dr. Michael Pariza and Dr. Mark Cook at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It has been studied as an anti-carcinogen as well as a catalyst in the retention of lean muscle tone, body fat reduction, and energy metabolism.
According to Dr. Pariza and Dr. Cook, CLA is a previously unrecognized nutrient that most individuals do not obtain in sufficient quantities anymore and this may be the reason why many people have greater percentages of fatty tissue now than ever before. Grass used to be the primary food source for cows and other grazing ruminants. Grass is rich in linoleic acid. An enzyme in the animals’ digestive systems converts linoleic acid to conjugated linoleic acid. Meats and dairy foods used to be the best source for CLA. However, due to changes in the way these animals are raised (they are rarely pasture grazed as they were in the past) and the reduced consumption of red meat and dairy products, the levels of CLA in our diets have been dramatically reduced.
CLA is produced naturally in grazing animals. Cattle and other ruminants have a unique enzyme in their digestive systems that convert the linoleic acid readily found in green plants to conjugated linoleic acid. This free fatty acid is then stored in the animals’ muscle tissues and milk. Humans obtain the benefits of CLA after consuming meat or dairy products from these animals. Owing to the fact that cattle are no longer raised with fresh greens (i.e., grass), but instead are fed oats, barley, hay (and/or other grains or dried grasses), they no longer produce the amounts of CLA they did when they were range fed on fresh green plants.
CLA can still be found in cattle and other ruminants. However, the levels of CLA in these animals is significantly lower when compared to previous levels. CLA today is synthesized from sunflower and safflower oil. Because of this humans may continue to enjoy the benefits of CLA in a supplemental form.