The conjugated form of linoleic acid is also known as CLA. It is beneficial in numerous health conditions, including heart disease and cancer, and can reduce body fat. Certain foods contain CLA, and it can also be taken as a supplement.
A controlled study published in the December issue of the 2000 edition of the Journal of Nutrition, found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the manager of the study, people who consumed CLA have fats decreased by nearly 3 kg, compared with the placebo group. The study concluded that approximately 3-4 grams of CLA per day are the level required to achieve positive effects on body fat.