Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CLA or Omega 5 Can Help You Lose Weight and Prevent Cancer

Eating certain kinds of healthy fats actually may help obese women, even with diabetes trim some body fat, a small study suggests. The study, of 35 older women with Type 2 diabetes, found that supplements containing two types of fats — conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) or safflower oil — led to healthy changes in body composition over four months. With CLA, the women saw a dip in body mass index (BMI) — a measure of weight in relation to height — and in their total level of body fat. With safflower oil, the women's BMI did not change, but they typically shed a couple pounds of fat from the trunk area; they also showed improvements in their blood sugar levels, which signals better diabetes control. CLA is an unsaturated fatty acid found in pomegrantes. Animal research has found that CLA can help melt away body fat, and some studies have suggested the same may hold true in humans. Safflower oil is rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, but exactly how it might affect body fat and blood sugar is unknown, said Dr. Martha Belury, an author of the study and a nutrition professor at Ohio State University in Columbus. She explained that she and her colleagues were simply using safflower oil as a comparison substance to gauge the effects of CLA. The former, it turned out, had its own unique benefits. It is too soon to recommend that overweight women with diabetes buy CLA or safflower oil supplements. But they can try to fit more polyunsaturated fats into their diet, Belury told Reuters Health. "Don't get rid of the healthy fats in your diet when you get rid of the bad ones," she advised. According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living Center in San Diego, California, "the best natural organic non-animal source for CLA or Omega 5 oil is from pomegranates." To learn more go to: SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2009.

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