Emu Oil May Lower High Cholesterol by 30%

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Can you use emu oil to reduce high cholesterol levels?

If you have mild to moderately high cholesterol, your doctor may have prescribed lifestyle changes such as your diet or exercising. 

However, if your cholesterol levels are excessively high, the next step would most likely be a prescription for statin drugs, such as Lipitor and Crestor.

These drugs are effective, however, there is a risk for unwanted side effects, including nausea, muscle pain, kidney problems and liver dysfunction.  

If you have mildly high cholesterol, you may be looking at using a more gentle and natural approach to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

Scientists have discovered that certain fatty acids may have a cholesterollowering effect on the body; particularly ones called omega 3 fatty acids.  And there’s now numerous studies supporting the use of omega 3 fatty acids to help you achieve healthy cholesterol levels.

Research has shown that emu oil’s ingredients include a blend of healthy fatty acids and other nutritious fats.

At press time, there are only a limited number of animal studies looking at emu oil’s effects on lowering high cholesterol levels in humans.

 

Emu Oils Found to Reduce High Cholesterol Levels Up to 30%

Lowell, MA – Researchers fed hamsters a high cholesterol diet for two weeks to artificially raise their cholesterol levels.

Emu oil was then added to the diet and they continued the high cholesterol diet for another 4 weeks. Cholesterol levels were measured at the end of the study.

Researchers discovered emu oil reduced total cholesterol levels by over 30% and that the reduction was seen in LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) which decreased 25%.

 

 

Editorial Comments:

Although this was an only an animal study, the preliminary results appear encouraging.

Emu oil does contain an assortment of essential fatty acids, including omega’s 3, 6, and 9, which can offer some dietary benefits.

That being said, research has proven there are health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, including the improvement in cardiovascular health and reductions in cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

For example, fish oils may lower high triglycerides and new research shows that krill oil may lower cholesterol by almost 20%.

And studies indicate that using coconut oil for cholesterol may help balance elevated or low serum levels to more normal parameters.

Having a high cholesterol level can be a wake-up call to improve your lifestyle.

It’s important that you consult with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that will work for you.

Research Reference:

Effect of dietary oils on non-HDL-C in hypocholesterolemic hamsters. Biological Activity of Emu Oil. Robert Nicolosi, Subbiah Yoganathan, Thomas Wilson, Hajime Sasaki, Frank Orthoefer. University of Massachusetts of Lowell, The Forsythe Institute. Presented at 2001 American Oil Chemist Society Conference

 

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Kevin is a full-time blogger with a passion for functional, whole food nutrition. A former Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 25 years experience in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, he also has additional training as a Certified Natural Products Advisor. He enjoys a vibrant lifestyle that includes healthy foods, workouts focusing on core strength with flexibility and longboarding to stay fit and agile.