Thinking of taking CLA to lose weight?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is used by bodybuilders and promoted to the public as a weight-loss agent.

Dr. Cydney McQueen from my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has published a very detailed review. If you use CLA or are considering it, read this first.
Uses, pharmacology, safety, dosing, and cautions are discussed in detail.

The bottom line?

  • CLA’s benefits on body composition are promising.
  • Its negative effects on blood sugar and insulin are troubling.
  • Using CLA produces minimal reductions, at best, in body weight.

1/2/06 21:55 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.