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A. GLA - 14%
B. EPA - 1%
C. CLA - 69%
D. DHA - 14%
Another gold star for WatchingDrOz readers! On the February 6, 2012 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, 5 Fat Busters, 5 Body Types, 5 Days, Dr. Oz recommended CLA to help bust that stubborn belly fat.
In that episode, Dr. Oz recommended taking 1,000mg of CLA, or conjugated linoleic acids, daily. He says that CLA keeps fat from being stored and allows the body to burn off the fat more efficiently. Reducing belly fat by two inches can reduce disease risk by 50%. Eating fat is recommended to target belly fat – as long as it's the right kind of fat.
GLA - Gamma-Linolenic Acid
GLA is an omega-6 oil that found in plants such as evening primrose, black currant, and borage oils. I'm most familiar with GLA to support the skin, moisturizing it from the inside out. Often GLA is recommended to support the balancing of hormones in women. For hormone support it's considered a basic and can be a good place to start for women just entering into the world of supplements to support the hormones.
According to The University of Maryland Medical Center, blood pressure and blood sugar levels also appear to be supported by GLA though not as strongly as the other healthy fats listed below.
EPA - Eicosapentaenoic Acid
EPA is a component of omega-3 fatty acids primarily found in cold water fish. The fat EPA focuses on heart health from modulating inflammation to supporting healthy blood pressure levels to helping the body slow the build of arterial plaques.
CLA - Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA is the answer we were looking for. CLA is a natural, healthy fat that is found in red meat and dairy products. Grass-fed meats and dairy from grass-fed animals contain the highest concentrations of CLA. In our industrialized society meat production has turned toward more factory farms and grain-fed animals which has reduced our natural intake of CLA today as compared to 100 or so years ago.
According to Dr. Mercola's, Mercola.com, grass-fed meats represent only 3% of the market and that's a 20% increase over the past few years. The supply is small but it's growing. Finding grass-fed products can best be accomplished at natural food stores or online and you'll pay a pretty penny for it too. In an advertisement for a regional chain store in my area, grass-fed meat was on sale for $6.99 per pound. Spending over $8.00 per pound for grass-fed meat is not uncommon.
What is that high price tag worth? Dr. Mercola enumerates a long list of health benefits from CLA. Not to worry, if you don't want to spend your paycheck on grass-fed eat there are supplements available that can be a more economically choice over buying the meat for several meals a week.
Dr. Mercola says CLA can:
- Help to reduce cancer risks including breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and stomach cancers;
- Support a healthy cardiovascular system;
- Modulate cholesterol levels;
- Increase insulin action when used for more than 8 weeks and is supportive of healthy blood sugar levels; and
- Help support the increase lean muscle mass meaning it can help to build muscle and we know that more muscle translates into an increase in metabolism.
DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid
DHA, is also a component of omega-3 fatty acids, are part of the structure of the brain and the eyes. Both the brain and the eyes require this particular fat to function at an optimal level. Without enough DHA in the diet, the body will replace this healthy fat with a substitute fat, any other type of available fat in the body. A person who eats a diet high in unhealthy fats will be providing a less than optimal form of fat as fuel for this vital organs.
According to Dr. Sears on he website AskDrSears.com, the best food sources of DHA, as wells EPA, are fish and flax seed oil. Cold water fish, the colder the water the better, is the key to healthy oils. Salmon is often recommended as a healthy food for healthy fats but sardines, Dr. Andrew Weil explains that mackerel, sardines, herring and black cod are all good examples of cold water fish.
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