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Lowell, MASS. - For years people have touted the natural health benefits of emu oil. Healing, penetrating, anti-aging and cholesterol lowering testimonials have been used to promote this food by-product from the emu, a domestically raised livestock in the U. S. Dr. Robert Nicolosi, Director of the Center for Health and Disease Research at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, has been conducting research to evaluate these claims. "Animal trials indicate that emu oil does have cholesterol lowering, anti-inflammatory and transdermal properties," reports Nicolosi. Nicolosi admits that he was initially skeptical but that the research results have changed his mind.

Two different trials were done to evaluate the transdermal qualities of emu oil. In both trials, a topical application of emu oil containing either tocopherol (Vitamin E) or DHA (docosahexanoic) to the shaved surface of hamsters was done. Periodic blood samples taken over a seven-day period showed conclusively that emu oil is transdermal and that it can be utilized for transdermal delivery. The data also suggests that the transdermal qualities of emu oil might actually be greater than other oils currently being utilized daily in hundreds of over-the-counter remedies for such things as weight loss, smoking, testosterone and hormonal replacement therapy. There could be a future use for emu oil as the carrier in these and other applications.

Inflammation studies with mice indicated that emu oil significantly reduced induced inflammation 42% to 71% depending on when it was applied. A comparison of these results with those of other oils in the omega 3 family indicates that emu oil has a greater effect on reducing inflammation. Since diseases such as arthritis are often earmarked by inflammation, the anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil, as well as the transdermal qualities indicate emu oil will have a place in topical applications, if not as a topical application.

Cholesterol research with hamsters fed a hypercholesterolemic diet followed by inclusion of emu oil provided incredible results. Emu oil reduced the total cholesterol over 30%. Low Density Liprotein (bad cholesterol) was reduced 25%. With over 100 million American suffering from high cholesterol, cholesterol-lowering drugs make up a major part of the pharmaceutical products market. Emu Oil is an ingestible form may become a very attractive alternative for some consumers. "Our research continues to study the many intriguing aspects of this oil. The most recent conclusions are very promising for millions of Americans," said Nicolosi.

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EMU OIL - the Gift from Australia

To the Aborigine, the emu is a sacred bird. It gives them food, clothing, and medicine. Ever since the bird was introduced to alternative agriculture, we "scientific Americans" have been trying to prove what the Aborigines already know: the oil has unusual properties. Before the first studies were ever begun, emu breeders rendered the fat of the emu and experimented with it, Aborigine-style. Consistent reports poured in, from people unknown to each other: Used externally, the oil seemed to promote healing in cuts, scrapes, burns, sunburn, radiation burns, stings, and even poison ivy. Massaged on joints or stiff muscles, it gave relief - reduction of swelling and pain. Taken internally, a teaspoon or more a day (with an orange juice chaser), gave energy, reduced cholesterol, and reduced the pain of arthritis. Members of the American Emu Association began to pool their resources, and the studies began. Analysis (Auburn University) showed the oil to be high in the essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, and 9. While somewhat parallel to flaxseed and fish oils, the proportions and the presence of the Omega 9 held new promise for reduction of inflammation. Papers presented to the American Oil Chemists Society stated that the predominant fatty acid in emu oil is oleic acid.

Working with the AOCS, the American Emu Oil Standards Team set oil testing criteria for the industry. Texas A & M became involved in "refining" the process. The University of Texas Medical School at Houston studied the oil and found it to be non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging). At Indiana University School of Medicine, they determined that the oil was non-comedogenic, and showed no irritation on the skin. Dr. Leigh Hopkins, working with the AEA team, compared the oil to human skin oil, finding them to be remarkably similar, hence, the positive action of emu oil on our skin. Dr. William Code presented a paper to the AOCS on his work using emu oil as a transdermal, to carry local anesthetics into the skin. Scientists in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia, showed the oil to be anti-inflammatory (anti-rheumatic) in rat models.

Currently, work has been done at the University of Massachusetts, under sponsorship of the AEA. (See the previous article.) Presently, hundreds of products are being sold throughout the world, with emu oil as the only ingredient, or as the prime additive. People everywhere are coming to know the benefits of the oil of the emu. And yet, we have only scratched the surface regarding potential development. This is a fledgling industry, on the verge of explosive growth. For further information about the oil, and the industry, please contact the American Emu Association, or visit their website at

EVER READ THE BACK OF THE BOTTLE? Lots of "emu oil products" are appearing on the market. Not all oils are refined at the same temperature, with the same care - from the freshest fat. Not all products have much oil in them, either.... Ingredients are listed on the back, from most to least.

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