Emu Oil and Cholesterol
You probably know that having high cholesterol isn’t good for you, but do you know why and how to avoid it? Our complete guide to cholesterol and emu oil will teach you everything you need to know.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood. Most cholesterol is produced by the body, but it’s also found in some foods. There are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is known as “good” cholesterol because it helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries. LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol is the kind that blocks the arteries. Clogged arteries can cause a heart attack or stroke.
How do I keep my cholesterol levels in check?
If you’re 45 years or older (35 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples), you should have your cholesterol checked by your doctor. If it’s high, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to lower it. And if it’s normal, you should also follow these guidelines to keep it that way:
Aim to do at least 30 to 45 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) or 15 to 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity (such as running) on five or more days of the week.
Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish, legumes, nuts and seeds, reduced-fat dairy products and healthy fats. Steer clear of saturated and trans fats, found in processed and fried foods.
How can emu oil help me manage my cholesterol?
Emu oil and cholesterol are buddies, in the best way. Emu oil is jam-packed with polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) and monounsaturated fats (omega-9 fatty acids), which have been shown to help maintain the right balance of cholesterol in your body by lowering the bad (LDL) and increasing the good (HDL). Your body can’t produce omega-3 and omega-6, so you need to get them in your diet. Emu oil capsules offer an excellent way to get all the omegas you need.
2004 study conducted at the University of Massachusetts noted the balancing effect of emu oil on cholesterol. In the study, hamsters with high cholesterol levels and early atherosclerosis (blocked arteries) saw a significant improvement in their cholesterol levels and blockages after being fed emu oil or olive oil (compared to those fed coconut oil). Very promising results!