Science Daily recently published a report showing the benefits of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in treating Crohn’s. Read the full story here.

Science Daily (Mar. 19, 2012) —

“The Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (NIMML) research team at Virginia Tech has discovered important new information on the efficacy of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in treating Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). CLA is a naturally occurring acid found in meat and dairy products known for its anti-cancer and immune modulatory properties.”


CLA and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD):

CLA is found in grass-fed animal products: meat, bones (for broth), and butter, and cream. It is also found in mushrooms and is produced by beneficial bacteria in the gut. The SCD advocates for frequent consumption of bone broth, broiled meat, and fermented dairy. Buy these products from grass-fed (grazed, not given grain-based feed) sources, and increase your CLA intake. If you are regularly making bone broth, add mushrooms to the broth to increase the total CLA of the broth.

Probiotic bacteria also produce CLA. Regular intake of fermented foods like SCD-legal yogurt, and fermented vegetables are not only good for CLA production, but help to fight infection, which is a likely genesis of Crohn’s and Colitis, and could be at the root of certain irritable bowel disease (IBD) as well. High dose oral probiotic supplementation has been proven effective in healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and can be helpful with IBS.


Onward to Health,

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