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Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Cancer

Studies have suggested that a high dietary intake of conjugated linoleic acid may decrease the risk of colorectal cancer and, perhaps, even breast cancer. However, it is not known if taking conjugated linoleic acid supplements is as effective as obtaining conjugated linoleic acid through dietary means.

How Does Conjugated Linoleic Acid Work?

Some forms of conjugated linoleic acid may affect muscle and fat cells by decreasing fat storage and possibly increasing muscle mass. Conjugated linoleic acid may also help suppress the appetite. Additionally, there is some evidence that conjugated linoleic acid may be toxic to cancer cells. There are different forms (or isomers) of conjugated linoleic acid, and some seem to be more beneficial than others. In fact, synthetic conjugated linoleic acid (the kind usually found in supplements) usually has much higher levels of the form of conjugated linoleic acid that seems to be responsible for some of the negative effects of the product.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid Use in Children

Conjugated linoleic acid is safe for children when consumed in normal food amounts. However, it is not known if conjugated linoleic acid supplementation is safe for children, as the long-term effects of using conjugated linoleic acid supplements are not known.
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