CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID HAS ANABOLIC EFFECTS
Lowery, L. M., Appicelli, P. A., & Lemon, P. W. (1998). Conjugated linoleic acid enhances muscle size and strength gains in novice bodybuilders. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 1038.
Novice male bodybuilders (N = 24) ingested 7.2 gm per day of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) or a vegetable placebo for six weeks of bodybuilding exercise.
CLA gains were greater than placebo in skinfold-corrected arm-girth, body mass, and leg press 1 RM. A variety of other measures revealed no differences between the two groups.
CLA appeared to act as a mild anabolic agent in these male novice bodybuilders.
Implication. Conjugated linoleic acid has anabolic effects in novice body builders. Another substance to ban?
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