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Emu Oil – Anti-inflammatory Aid

Emu, also called the Australian ostrich, is the second biggest ostrich other than the African species. Emu oil is refined from emu’s peritoneum and skin-under fat that has a fatty acid similar to that in humans and it is powerful enough to penetrate skin tissue. Years ago, people found that Emu oil can keep the skin wet, it has antiseptic properties, and can help alleviate skin swelling. It can help with muscle or joint pain and more importantly it can promote skin surface healing (1-4).

Emu Oil has also been reported to have significant anti-inflammatory effects and an experiment was conducted to evaluate Emu oil as a lubricant and to aid in reducing scar formation in healed burned wounds. Significant positive differences were noted in pigmentation and pliability (p<0.02) but there was very little difference noted in vascularity and height of the healed wound.

In another double blind clinical study the cosmetic and moisturizing properties of Emu oil were assessed against mineral oil, and Emu oil was found overall to be more cosmetically acceptable due to better moisturizing properties, superior texture, and lower incidence of comedogenicity, but probably because of the small sample size these differences, they were not found to be statistically significant. Neither of the oils were found to be irritating to the skin. Finally, Emu oil fatty acid composition was studied by gas chromatography and was found to have high concentration of nonpolar monounsaturated fatty acids, which may explain Emu oil’s ability to penetrate easily through the stratum corneum barrier.

A number of studies have shown that vitamins K1 and K2 are effective against cancer. Consider the following:

  • One study published in September 2003 in the International Journal of Oncology, found that treating lung cancer patients with vitamin K2 slowed the growth of cancer cells, and previous studies have shown benefit in treating leukemia. In an August 2003 study published in the Alternative Medicine Review involving 30 patients with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, who took oral vitamin K1, the disease stabilized in six patients; seven patients had a partial response; and seven others had improved liver function. In 15 patients, abnormal prothrombin normalized.
  • In 2008, a German research group discovered vitamin K2 provides substantial protection against prostate cancer, one of the most common types of cancer among men in the United States. According to Dr. Vermeer, men taking the highest amounts of K2 had about 50 percent less prostate cancer.
  • Vitamin K has also been found beneficial in the fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colon, stomach, nasopharynx, and oral cancers.

The most biologically active emu oil loaded with Vitamin K2 which contains MK-4 (the most potent form), comes from a specific genotype of Emu only found in Australia and a company called Y-Not Natural Emu oil capsules are the only ones that contain MK-4.


(1)            Chang Yong-Hong, Zhu Zhou-Cai & Nian Yang-Ping, etc., The Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Alleviating Effect of Emu Oil (J), Northwest Pharm J., 1998, 13(6): 256.

(2)            Lopez A, Sims DE Ablett RF, et al. Effect of emu oil on auricular inflammation induced with croton oil in mice (J). Am J Vet Res, 1999, 60(12): 1558-61.

(3)            Yoganathan S, Nicolosi R, Wilson T, et, al. Antagonism of croton oil inflammation by topical emu oil in CD-1 mice (J). Lipids, 2003, 38(6): 603-7.

(4)            Li Zhi-Qing, Wang Jia-Shu & Ren Jia-Liang, etc., The healing-promotion effects of emu oil on wound in scalded rats. (J), First Military Hospital J., 2004, 24(11): 1255-6.

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