Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLA) – Essential? Fatty Acid

Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) first gained attention for their potential anti-cancer properties. Foods highest in CLA include dairy products and meat from ruminant animals, such as beef, lamb, and veal. buffalo, and to a lesser degree in pigs, chickens and turkeys. CLA synthesis occurs due to fermentative bacteria in the gut. The human body is unable to manufacture CLA, so it must be obtained from dietary sources. Fortunately CLA is found concentrated in dairy products, milks and derivatives including ghee, as well. Ghee has 5 times as much CLA content relative to total fat content as milk does. So a tablespoon of ghee, which is all fat, has many fold more CLA still. The more time ruminants spend grazing on pasture, the higher the CLA content. So grass fed ghee is a super-charged way to get plenty of CLAs.


Grass Fed Cow
Eating grass… the way god intended.


CLA action on human fat metabolism is associated with the inhibition of carbohydrate entry into fat cells, preventing accumulation and enlargement. It increases insulin sensitivity in the rest of the body (good). CLAs influence the balance of fat production versus burning the body and can diminish the progression of vascular disease. They also protect bone mass for stronger bones, promotes lean-body muscle mass and reduces overall inflammation.

The information on this site is solely for purposes of general patient education, and may not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician for evaluation and treatment of your specific condition.



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