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Difference Between Fish Oil and CLA?


#1

Whats the difference between fish oil and CLA in terms of benefits?

I've got a limited budget for dietary fats and wants to know which of the two was essential.

Thanks


#2

Fish oil benefits

Fish oil has been shown to: Aid in fat loss;LBM gain,reduce air way inflammation caused by exercise induced asthma,fighting cancer,help fight heart disease,treating depression,treating ADD,prevents Potentially Deadly Heart Rate Variability,Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the body,Stops the buildup of fatty deposits (triglycerides) in the arteries,increases the body's HDL (good) cholesterol levels,reduces inflammation in the blood,and much more.
Fish oil has also been used to treat conditions such as depression, eczema, IBD, macular degeneration and arthritis. Fish oil benefits the heart significantly, as well as the rest of the body.

Benefits of CLA

Anticarcinogenic Effects. CLA inhibits the proliferation of some cancers such as mammary, colorectal, prostate, and forestomach cancers. Virtually all studies have used synthetic mixtures of CLA. For the first time, an anticarcinogenic effect has been demonstrated for naturally-occurring CLA in food (butter).
Antiatherogenic Effects. CLA lowers total and LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels and reduces the severity of atherosclerotic lesions in the aortas of experimental animals.
Body Composition Changes. Intake of CLA reduces body fat and increases lean body mass in several species of growing animals.
Enhanced Immune Function. CLA enhances select immune responses in experimental animals, while at the same time protecting against immune-induced cachexia or body wasting.
Increased Bone Formation. CLA intake by growing animals increases the rate of bone formation by influencing factors that regulate bone metabolism.
Anti-Diabetic Effects. CLA improves glucose utilization and reverses symp-toms of diabetes in laboratory animals genetically at risk for this disease.

Much remains to be learned about the underlying mechanism(s) by which CLA exerts its diverse physiological effects. A variety of mechanisms are likely to be involved. The wide spectrum of CLA's biological effects may be explained, in part, by the unique biological effects of specific CLA isomers. Although the cis-9, trans-11 CLA isomer appears to be responsible for a number of the potential health benefits attributed to CLA, new findings indicate that CLA's effects on lipid metabolism and body composition are due largely to the trans-10, cis-12 isomer.

I'd take both to get the best of both worlds. However,if I had to pick one,I would go with fish oil.

To good health,Cthulhu.


#3

Why choose between these two?

FLAMEOUT contains both at a price that can't be beat.


#4

I personally wouldn't waste my money on CLA. Studies have gotten mixed results, and all the benefits seem limited to lab rats. I've even heard some things about negative health affects, from people much smarter than me. Fish oil, all the way.