Long term intakes of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may be associated
with bone strength in men, says a new study from Canada and Australia.
«This is the first study to demonstrate a relationship between long-term CLA status (based on diet) and body composition assessments in adult men,» wrote researchers.
«This study is also the first to assess the effects of CLA on PTH in healthy men,» they added. «c9,t11 did not appear to significantly affect intact or bioactive PTH during a 16-week supplementation.»
CLA is a fatty acid naturally present in ruminant meat and dairy products. Due to changes in the Western diet, average intake of CLA has fallen; if the fat is removed from a dairy product to make a low fat version that will be acceptable to consumers, CLA is removed along with it. The ingredient is most often found as a mixture of isomers: cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12