The side effects of conjugated linoleic acid include possible impairment of clotting, complications with diabetes, and extra bleeding in conjunction with surgery, as well as lethargy, nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach. In proper amounts, it is safe in food and in supplements, notes WebMD.Continue Reading
Conjugated linoleic acid is part of treatment protocols for cancer, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), obesity and food allergies, as stated by WebMD. It has the potential to improve the body's immune function and cut down on deposits of body fat. People taking the supplement may report stomach discomfort and fatigue.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using medicinal conjugated linoleic acid, as the medical evidence regarding its safety in that context is insufficient, according to WebMD. People who have bleeding disorders are at elevated risk of bleeding and bruising with conjugated linoleic acid, which also can hinder the formation of clots. People who are about to undergo surgery should stop taking supplements of conjugated linoleic acid two weeks before the operation to avoid the risk of excess bleeding during or after the operation. Diabetics, or those who have metabolic syndrome that elevates the risk of diabetes, should also avoid supplements of conjugated linoleic acid.Learn more about Side Effects