PR Newswire, 08-15-06
LA GRANGE, Ill., Aug 15, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A scientific study published today offers consumers new hope that they can avoid weight and fat gain during the infamous "food holidays" in November and December, as well as the gains that come with the normal aging process.
A study in the prestigious International Journal of Obesity suggests that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a naturally occurring fatty acid, could have long-term health benefits by preventing common weight and fat gain attributable to overeating and aging. These findings are consistent with past scientific trials of the popular dietary supplement.
Prof. Dale Schoeller, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison and a principal author of the study published today, recognized that "small, often cumulative weight gains during the holiday season contribute to 'weight creep' during adulthood." He sought to determine if CLA would help overweight adults reduce body fat and prevent weight gain during a six-month period that included the holiday season.
The dramatic findings showed that participants taking CLA supplements did reduce body fat by 2.2 pounds and their body weight by 1.3 pounds. In comparison, those in the placebo group gained 1.5 pounds of body fat and 2.4 pounds of body weight during the test period.
"These findings suggest that CLA may serve a critical role in reducing the cumulative weight and fat gain that occurs with age," Schoeller said. "About 65 percent of the U.S. population is obese or overweight -- that's a dangerous trend on many levels. We need more research like this to help overweight individuals when they are susceptible to weight gain."
The UW study involved 40 healthy, overweight men and women who took 3.2 grams of CLA or a placebo daily from August 2004 to March 2005. Participants followed "healthy lifestyle" advice, were not restricted by a controlled diet, and participated in moderate physical activity. Researchers conducting the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study concluded that CLA supplementation is safe and well-tolerated.
Past studies have found that taking CLA decreases body fat mass, maintains lean body mass, and aids weight management-reducing the "yo yo" effect often associated with diet plans. A 12-month study published in late 2005 by the Journal of Nutrition found that adults taking a CLA supplement lost as much as 9 percent of their body fat. As important, a follow-up 12-month study found that participants did not regain their body fat.
CLA is naturally found in dairy and meat from ruminant animals. But, because cattle are increasingly grain-fed, instead of grass-fed, and due to changes in consumer dietary habits, it's very difficult to obtain an optimal level of CLA without supplementation. To get three grams of CLA through food alone, an adult would have to consume more than four gallons of ice cream or 28 quarter-pound hamburgers every day.
CLA lowers the amount of fat normally stored after meals, helping the body to break down and use fat. Supplementation with CLA is most effective as part of a daily regimen that includes exercise and a reasonable diet.
The CLA used in this study was Tonalin(R) CLA, an exclusive product from Cognis Group. Tonalin(R) CLA, the number-one consumer brand of CLA, is derived from natural safflower oil and is the most clinically tested CLA on the market. Tonalin(R) CLA is stimulant-free and is available in health food stores, retail chains and online.
Christine Peggau, senior marketing manager at Cognis, said, "This latest science-based study offers a profound new way to begin tackling the obesity trend. If we can help overweight consumers when they need it most -- during the food-filled holiday season and as they age -- then this research suggests we will begin to see life-long benefits."
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About Tonalin(R) CLA
Tonalin(R) CLA is the original brand of CLA and is an exclusively licensed product of Cognis. CLA is a polyunsaturated, conjugated fatty acid. Cognis produces Tonalin(R) CLA through a proprietary process that converts linoleic acid from safflowers into CLA, providing the highest quality of CLA available. Tonalin(R) CLA contains the lowest amount of non-naturally occurring isomers, a patent-protected attribute offering food and dietary supplement manufacturers the highest levels of ingredients known to be beneficial.
Cognis (http://www.cognis.com) is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. The company employs about 8,000 people and operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated itself to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural-source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles, as well as agriculture and mining products. The company holds a 50-percent stake in the joint venture Cognis Oleochemicals, one of the world's leading manufacturers of oleochemicals. Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2005, Cognis recorded sales of 3.18 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 356 million euros.
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