Emu oil ex­plored

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.

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