CLA and Complera
Mar 9, 2014
My partner just bought some CLA at GNC for belly fat/weight loss. His is negative but I am positive. I am undetectable with t-cells over 1,000 (yes, 1005 last testing). Is this Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) 3000mg per day safe with Complera? Thanks, Dan
Response from Dr. Henry
I am unsware of any study actually evaluating Complera with CLA. Good published data supporting the benefits of CLA is minimal. Below is summary from Wikipedia:
CLA is marketed in dietary supplement form for its supposed anticancer benefit (for which there is no evidence) and as a bodybuilding aid.
A systematic review of the evidence found that, as of 2012, it did not convincingly show CLA to have a useful benefit for overweight or obese people, as it had no long-term effect on body composition.
A 2004 review of the evidence said that while CLA seemed to benefit animals, there was a lack of good evidence of human health benefits, despite the many claims made for it.
CLA has shown an effect on insulin response in diabetic rats, but there is no evidence of this effect in people.[18
Food increases absorption of the rilpivirine in Complera but the specific effect of CLA on absorption has not been studied. In general I would not expect there to be a major effect.
If any reader knows of a published study looking at CLA in HIV+ please post. KH
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