The emu is a large ostrich-like bird that is native to Australia. It is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons -- it is a source of lean meat, its large blue eggs provide nutrient-dense protein, and the fatty oil found in the emu has been found to promote healing. In addition, the emu offers a variety of health benefits that may enhance weight loss efforts.
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Emu oil has been shown to have diverse applications from beauty products to anti-inflammatory products designed to combat the physiological effects of aging. Medical practitioners understanding the benefits related to emu oil usage are currently using it for collaborative treatment of arthritis, scar prevention, eczema, muscle pain and bruising and maintenance of healthy joints and weight, according to "The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair."
Emu oil may be used to lessen the appearance of stretch marks as well as to tighten saggy skin related to weight loss. Though there is no product that can eliminate the effects of excess weight, emu oil has been shown to increase elasticity by at least 14 percent and can provide noticeable effects on skin tautness and overall tone, according to "The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health: Healing Therapies for Optimal Wellness."
Emu oil taken by mouth in small quantities may be used for enhancing effects of weight loss due to its high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These healthy lipids may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels and improving overall health.
Though emu oil has potentially therapeutic benefits for those wishing to lose weight, it is also high in calories. Small amounts of emu oil are sufficient to experience positive results. You need only add 1 tsp. to a meal per day. Excessive consumption of any oil, even if it is healthy, will sabotage weight loss efforts due to excessive calorie addition.
For individuals utilizing the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet plan created by Dr. Robert Atkins, emu oil may be a healthy alternative to other fat choices. The Atkins diet plan has been shown to be an effective way to lose weight, but some opponents of this diet plan fear that over-consumption of proteins and fats may not provide enough fiber for optimal health. Ask your doctor if emu oil may be of benefit in achieving your weight loss goal.