Emu oil explored
POPPING a couple of emu oil capsules before breakfast may one day be as common as taking multivitamins, according to University of WA researcher Suzanne Mashtoub.
Cancer Council WA awarded Dr Mashtoub a $25,000 grant earlier this year to investigate whether taking emu oil orally could treat bowel diseases and prevent the onset of bowel cancer.
She said indigenous communities had used emu oil to provide pain relief for thousands of years, but her study was the first of its kind worldwide.
“Starting from scratch does present its challenges in a way because it means I have to get all the preliminary data done first, but then again I love the fact that its my own niche area that I can really be an expert in,” Dr Mashtoub said.
“I think emu oil has great potential to stop the inflammation associated with colitis and therefore prevent cancer.
“Its relatively inexpensive compared to pharmaceutical products, its source is renewable, it is eco-sustain- able, requires minimal refining and has a low health hazard.
“I can see so many positives, it’s all very exciting.”
Dr Mashtoub said the research was currently at an experimental model and she hoped to start clinical trials soon.
“This project with the Cancer Council WA will be finished early to mid2015,” she said.
“After that I will take emu oil further by starting trials looking at different types of inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s Disease.”
Dr Suzanne Mashtoub.