Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) may improve the airway hyper-reactivity in asthmatics, according to the results of a new study. A dose of 4.5 grams of CLA each day produced significant reduction in airway hyper-responsiveness. It also had favorable effects on body weight.
CLA is a fatty acid, which is found in ruminant meat and dairy products. Average intake of CLA has fallen over the years due to changes in the Western diet.
"A significant body of science supports the potential of the ingredient to enhance lean body mass and aid in body sculpting. The new study ... is the first to report that the ingredient may also have benefits for overweight asthmatics."