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May 1998 Issue

Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplements: Cure-All or Craze?

Q. Is conjugated linoleic acid good for anything? A. It's being touted as the new "good fat," and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may indeed be able to improve body composition, lower blood cholesterol, even help prevent tumors—in rats and rabbits, that is. Proof it can do the same for humans, however, is sorely lacking. PharmaNutrients, based in Illinois, has a patented version of CLA called Tonalin, found in many supplements, such as those

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