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Q. What is CLA?
A. CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid, is a naturally occurring nutrient that is found in a wide variety of foods like beef, turkey and some dairy products. There exists evidence that using CLA can lead to increases in lean body mass and a decrease in body fat.

Q. What can Tonalin CLA do for me?
A. Laboratory research has indicated that Tonalin CLA can help you achieve your diet goals in two ways: first, CLA increases lean muscle which naturally slims your body. Secondly, the added muscle tissue automatically burns more calories than fat tissue, which in turn increases your metabolism. The result is as you diet, you'll lose inches in the right places and you may drop clothes sizes without the dreaded yo-yo effect of losing and regaining. Why? Because you're reducing body fat not just water.

Q. How does Tonalin work in the body?
A. Tonalin CLA prevents fat from being deposited into the cells by speeding up the body's fat metabolism. CLA also helps the body metabolize existing fat deposits. This fat then returns to the blood stream where it is used as energy by muscle cells and the liver.

Q. What is Tonalin CLA made of?
A. Tonalin CLA is made through a proprietary process that converts the linoleic acid of safflowers into conjugated linoleic acid. Safflower is the richest source of liinoleic acid. CLA in supplement form is necessary since it is exceedingly difficult to obtain an optimal level of CLA through diet alone. Ruminate animals, like cows, have a special digestive system that converts linoleic acid into CLA. Normally we would receive CLA by eating beef and dairy foods. However, changes during the past 30 years in how cattle are raised (grain fed vs. grass fed) coupled with the trend toward low-fat dairy have drastically reduced the amount of CLA humans acquire through diet.

Q. Is Tonalin CLA safe?
A. Human safety and dose response trials proved Tonalin CLA is safe and efficacious. Numerous clinical studies have been conducted on the safety of CLA and no adverse side effects have been observed. Unlike many supplements for weight loss, Tonalin CLA does not contain any stimulants. In contrast, Tonalin CLA is not only safe, its other and equally important health benefits make it a sound supplement choice for overall better health.

Q. Are there any other health benefits of Tonalin CLA?
A. Research shows Tonalin CLA may now play an important role i nhelping reduce the incidence of breast cancer, helping improve asthma and allergy control, help control blood sugar levels (diabetes), and may help limit the extent of artherosclerosis which can lead to heart disease. According to Delbert R. Dorscheid, M.D., Ph.D., a cancer and asthma researcher on faculty at the University of Chicago in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, when a certain cell functions improperly this usually marks the beginning for the disease process. CLA alters the cellular signaling performed by certain fatty acid molecules, a pathway common to all cells. CLA's benefit to these cells and the disease process related to that cell's function may be the alteration in this signaling pathway. For this reason, Dr. Dorscheid calls Tonalin CLA a significant "health promoter."

Q. What research has been done on CLA?
A. There have been a number of university animal studies using CLA and demonstrating its effectiveness. One such study using laboratory animals showed that after 6 weeks of supplementation, the CLA fed group had a bodyfat percentage of 4.3 versus the control group which had a bodyfat percentage of 10.1. Another study, that looked at lean mass growth instead of fat loss, showed that the animals that were fed CLA in their diets, gained more bodyweight than the control group. There are university studies in the works to determine CLA's effectiveness on humans.

Q. What doses of CLA should be taken?
A. There are no definitive studies showing what doses of CLA are most effective. However, many scientists believe that taking 3-6gm per day is sufficient to exert the potentially helpful effects of CLA.

Q. Does CLA occur naturally?
A. CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid primarily found in beef and dairy fats. When cattle feed on native grasses, their digestive systems convert some of the linoleic acid content into CLA. You'll find CLA primarily in beef, lamb, veal, turkey, chicken and pork, as well as dairy products such as milk, butter, sour cream, yogurt, and a variety of cheeses (colby, ricotta, mozzarella, cottage, cheddar, parmesan and romano). CLA also occurs naturally in other food such as vegetable oils like safflower and sunflower oil.

Q. Are there sufficient levels of CLA in my normal diet?
A. Researchers have studies CLA's content in our diets for more than 20 years. Interestingly, dietary intake of CLA has drastically declined over this 20 year span. Scientists cite two reasons: Changing lifestyles have reduced the consumption of beef and dairy products up to 50%. The shift in cattle and dairy herd feeding practices from natural grass to grains has resulted in less naturally-produced CLA in meat and dairy products.

Q. Does CLA occur naturally in humans?
A. CLA, as part of the omega-6 fatty acid family, cannot be synthesized by man and other mammals, since they lack the enzyme necessary to convert linoleic to conjugated linoleic acid.

Q. So what does CLA do?
A. Substantial evidence in animal and some humans shows CLA increases lean body mass (LBM) and decreases fat tissue. In humans, weight loss has been variable, and in some cases, negligible. However, by increasing lean muscle mass and reducing body fat, even without weight loss, the appearance is that one looks thinner, as muscle tissue is denser and more compact than fat tissue. Additionally, CLA has been shown in animals to normalize impaired glucose tolerance and improve hyperinsulinemia and to favorably influence the physiological response to stress and the immune system. Emerging research is investigating CLA's affect on factors involved with atherosclerosis. Initial animal studies have also demonstrated that CLA may inhibit the initiation and propogation of mammary tumors and may even decrease the spread of metastasis.

Q. Is CLA a weight loss product?
A. No. CLA is a weight management product. Like all supplements, it should be used as part of a regular diet and routine exercise program. Sometimes people think it's a weight loss product and in fact, you may lose body fat. Since muscle tissue is denser and more compact than body fat, increasing lean muscle mass may provide a thinner appearance.

Q. Can't I just increase my intake of beef, milk, cheese or other foods high in CLA content to make up for any deficiencies in my current diet?
A. You could, only you'd need to eat six pounds (96 ounces!) of steak or fifty slices of Colby cheese to receive the same amount CLA that is found in most CLA dietary supplement products.

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