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Research Proves Emu Oil Claims Valid
Lowell, MASS - For years people have touted the homeopathic 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
Two different trials were done to evaluate the transdermal qualities of emu oil.
In both trials, a preparation of emu oil containing either tocopherol (Vitamin
E) or DHA (docosahexanoic), an omega 3 fatty acid was topically applied to the
shaved surface of hamsters. Periodic blood samples taken over a seven day period
demonstrated rather convincing evidence that emu oil has transdermal properties
suggesting it may be utilized for transdermal delivery of compounds such as fat
soluble nutrients, drugs or over-the-counter prescriptions.
Inflammation studies with mice indicated that emu oil significantly reduced
croton oil-induced inflammation from 42% to 71% depending on when it was
applied. A comparison with other oils in the omega 3 family oftentimes used to
alleviate arthritic pain due to inflammation indicates that emu oil may be at
least as good and possibly better at reducing inflammation. These
anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil as well as the transdermal qualities
indicate emu oil may have a place in topical applications.
Cholesterol research with hamsters fed a hypercholesterolemic diet followed by
inclusion of emu oil provided significant results. Emu oil reduced the total
cholesterol over 30%. Low Density Liprotein (bad cholesterol) was reduced 25%.
With over 100 million Americans suffering from high cholesterol, cholesterol
lowering drugs make up a major part of the pharmaceutical products market. If
results from future human clinical trials of Emu Oil support the animal
findings, it may become a very attractive additional cholesterol-lowering
treatment for some consumers.
"Our research continues to investigate the many intriguing aspects of this oil.
The most recent conclusions are very promising for millions of Americans," said
ABOUT DR. NICOLOSI
Dr. Robert Nicolosi is the Director of the Center for Chronic Disease
Control and Prevention at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Widely
recognized for research on vegetable oils, sterols and lecithin with emphasis on
biological and physiological effects, he is most noted for his identification of
the active ingredients in oils having cholesterol-lowering effects. He has
published more than 150 peer reviewed papers.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN EMU ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1989, the AEA is a 700 member nonprofit organization of breeders,
producers and marketers of emu meat, oil and other food by-products. AEA's
mission is to establish value of emu products through research, market
development and industry positioning. A Board of Directors elected by its
members governs all AEA activities. Through the voluntary efforts of its
members, the AEA has worked to develop a consistent numbering system and
nomenclature for cuts of meat, gained mandatory USDA inspection of emu meat at
processing, gained acceptance for the emu into the National Poultry Improvement
Plan, has established international trade rules for emu oil and created an Oil
Certification Program to ensure the consumer a safe product. The AEA publishes
the EMUpdate, a bimonthly newsletter, several industry flyers and sales aids
along with the National Symposium handouts.
Source: American Emu Association
Contact: Pat Sauer, Executive Director,
1-541-332-0675 email: firstname.lastname@example.org