What is CLA + Green Tea?
C.L.A is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) found in human tissues. Most of the C.L.A in the body is of dietary origin, obtained mainly from dairy and meat products. However, due to modern farming methods, food processing and modern diets (high amounts of convenience foods which can be high in saturated fats and low in PUFA?s); the amount of C.L.A we can obtain from food is reduced.
Green tea: all teas (green, black and oolong) are derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference is how the leaves are prepared. Green tea, unlike black and oolong, is not fermented, so the active constituents remain unaltered.
How does CLA + Green Tea work?
C.L.A (along with other PUFAs) is converted within the body into hormone like substances (prostanoids and leukotrienes); these regulate blood vessel leakage, lipid (fat) accumulation, inflammatory and immune cell behaviour, as well as inhibiting the development of cardiovascular disease. C.L.A also increases the discharge of fat from cells enabling the body to alter composition via reducing fat levels, whilst maintaining or indeed increasing skeletal muscle mass.
The action of C.L.A is reliant on zinc, therefore supplementation of C.L.A is of no benefit if there is a zinc deficiency present.
Green Tea contains certain oils, vitamins, minerals and caffeine but the primary constituents of interest are polyphenols. These are believed to be responsible for most of green tea?s roles in promoting good health.
What do you take C.L.A + Green Tea for?
C.L.A: Deposition of fat in the arteries can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. This is ?hidden? fat that you cannot estimate by looking in the mirror or weighing yourself. People with or at risk of cardiovascular disease may benefit from supplementation of C.L.A. as it lowers serum cholesterol levels, as well as assisting the immune system to cope with infectious illnesses. Incorporated into a programme of regular exercise and dietary control, C.L.A may benefit people who are trying to lose weight and maintain weight loss by ?burning? fat as energy instead of muscle mass.
Green Tea may lower total cholesterol levels and therefore, as with C.L.A, may be of benefit to those with cardiovascular disease. It contains a small amount of caffeine, so it serves as a mild appetite suppressant and studies suggest that green tea extracts high in catechins may inhibit fat digestion and increase calorie burning.
Are there any contra-indications?
Diabetics and people with hypertension should seek professional advice prior to taking Bio-C.L.A + Green Tea.
Should not be used in conjunction with ephedrine (an appetite suppressant) without the guidance of a health professional.
Pregnant and lactating women and those on medication should seek professional advice prior to taking nutritional supplement