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 affect
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 Americans
suffering from high cholesterol, cholesterol lowering drugs make
up a major part of the pharmaceutical products market. Emu Oil in
an ingestible form may become a very attractive alternative for
"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.