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  • Research proves emu oil claims valid...
  • Ancient oil proven to lower cholesterol...
  • Emu meat lower in fat, higher in protein...


  • 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 Nicolosi.

    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 Nicolosi.

    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.

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    Ancient oil proven to lower cholesterol

    Lowell, Massachusetts - Paramount with the times, greater numbers of Americans are discovering new ways to lower stubborn cholesterol levels. Today, modern efforts to lower high levels of cholesterol range from significant diet adjustments to an increasing emphasis aimed at dietary supplements.

    Dr. Robert Nicolosi, Director of the Center For Chronic Disease Control with the University of Massachusetts has concluded scientific research that Emu Oil dramatically lowered levels of cholesterol in test animals. "Emu Oil, is similar to olive oil which has been used for years to control cholesterol levels in cooking, according to Dr. Nicolosi. Emu Oil is mysterious medical marvel. "Our research continues to study the many intriguing aspects of this oil and have concluded that its applications can be considered too numerous but, this most recent conclusion is very promising for millions of Americans," said Nicolosi.

    The Emu, a domestically raised livestock throughout the U.S. is an identical ancestor of the large flightless bird that has inhabited Australia's infamous Outback for over 5000 years.

    Dr. Thomas Wilson, the Laboratory Director for the Center was directly involved in the Emu Oil cholesterol study, added that further research is scheduled with increasing emphasis aimed at specifically determining human digestible quantities in the most common "across the counter form."

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    Wisconsin study says emu meat lower in fat, higher in protein and other nutritional needs

    Two Year Study Completed

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    WISCONSIN STUDY SAYS EMU MEAT LOWER IN FAT, HIGHER IN PROTEIN AND OTHER NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

    DALLAS, TEXAS---Some say emu meat is a nutritional goldmine. Others call it the superfood of the New Millennium.

    Recent results from a study of alternative red meats by The University of Wisconsin-Madison confirm early reports, finding emu lower in fat and higher in protein and other nutrients -- when compared with bison, venison, elk and ostrich. Additional comparisons found emu meat lower in fat than chicken, turkey, pork and beef.

    Chief investigators for the study included Dennis Buege, Mark Kreul and Larry Borchert of the Muscle Biology and Meat Science Laboratory, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Also referenced in this study was nutrient determination on emu meat conducted by Leslie Thompson and co-workers at Texas Tech University during the mid-1990s.

    Neil Williams, president of the American Emu Association, said the project's results went beyond all expectations of the American emu farming community.

    Two-year Study Looks at All Nutritional Values

    Begun in 1998, the two-year research project was funded by the United States Dept. of Agriculture s state marketing improvement program and the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Along with other research goals accomplished, the study also provided important data to the USDA s respected Nutrient Database for Standard References the primary database used by dieticians, the medical community, food professionals and consumers to understand the composition of various foods.

    The American Heart Association recently included emu meat in its listing of heart-healthy meats, said Williams, and Barry Sears, internationally-known author of The Zone recently included emu meat in his diet recommendations. So, we were hopeful that emu would be a positive in this study. What we didn't anticipate was emu meat's nutritional values when compared to other meats.

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    The study's chief investigator, Dennis Buege, reported that all alternative red meats tested were very low in fat content, which translates to reduced caloric content. And he also pointed out that cooking intact cuts of meat causes primary moisture loss, concentrating all other nutrients present.

    All fresh meats have very low sodium levels in comparison to salt-added processed meats, he continued. And selenium is an element which is getting quite a bit of attention so we included it in our analyses and found that emu, ostrich and bison had selenium levels higher than beef. Emu also contains some of the B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, B-6 and B-12) at levels higher than beef.

    Emu Meat Ranks High in Healthy Eating From a health standpoint, large amounts of saturated fatty acids in the diet tend to elevate serum cholesterol in some individuals, and elevated cholesterol levels are risk factors in coronary artery disease. The UW-M study compared the types of fatty acids in alternative red meat species versus other meats and poultry and found emu (25%) and ostrich (30%) meat are lower in percentage of saturated fatty acids and are on par with chicken (28%) or turkey (26%). (Fatty acid results are not yet available for bison or elk.)

    Emu meat, which has been included on training tables for athletes and body builders, may now come into its own as an entry of choice for the American consumer. Within the American Emu Association, we're seeing a higher demand for emu meat from hotel and restaurant chefs featuring emu meat on their menus more now than at any other time in the history of our industry, Williams said.

    Only recently chefs at Houston's new Enron Field began ordering emu meat to serve to the stadium suite owners and emu cooking competitions have been established in Wisconsin and other states.

    Costs of emu meat, including ground and steaks, are comparable to the better grades of beef on today's market.

    Because emus are free range or grain-fed livestock, there are no growth hormones or antibiotics added to their food, Williams pointed out, and all emu meat is processed according to state agricultural regulations and submitted for voluntary USDA inspection.

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    Emu meat may be ordered from individual producers or can be found at retail in specialty food stores and health food stores around the country. For additional information about emu meat and where it can be found, contact the American Emu Association at
    www.aea-emu.org.

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