CLA — Conjugated linoleic acid

CLAs are a family of 28 fats made by bacteria in the gut of ruminant animals, like sheep, goats, and cows. CLA is found in their milk and meat. This fat can help prevent cancer, promote muscle growth, and prevent abdominal fat deposits. Researchers call them body composition modulators as they reduce body fat while increasing muscle mass. CLA increases blood flow to the brain, protects brain cells from death caused by hyper-stimulation called excitotoxicity, and counteracts the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Grass-fed animals have 300 to 500% more CLA than grain-fed ruminants.

Top Farmacy Sources: Meat and dairy products from grass-fed cows, sheep, bison, and lamb.

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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