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Emu, the Health Menu

Emu, the health menu

The emu, which is a fast running and flightless bird native to Australia is currently being farmed on a worldwide basis for its valuable oil, leather and low-fat, high protein meat.  Obtained from the large bird's thick layers of fat, the oil is rich in essential fatty acids. Thousand of years ago, the native Australians used this oil to heal wounds and for protection from the wind, sun and other weather elements.

However,  in the tropical countries, the oil is mostly used to treat minor cuts, irritations and to moisturize the skin. Some manufacturers claimed that the oil can also help to relieve pain, arthritis treatment, reduce cholesterol in our body, and reverse the sign of ageing by thickening the skins and reducing wrinkles. There are also some who market it for diabetes treatment, Lyme disease and attention deficit disorder.

The oil is available in the form of lotions, shampoos, creams, lip balms, soaps and also in capsules to be taken, which can contain 500mg to 1g of the oil.

The American Emu Association says that the oil has no side effects, but however no careful studies have examined the supplement's safety in human.

Few scientific studies of emu oil exist. Laboratory investigations have shown that it can help reduce swelling and speed healing of wounds in some rodents. A study in humans showed that the oil is a strong moisturizer that most participants found preferable to mineral oil. There is no clinical evidence supporting other claims about the oil.

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