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Emu oil’s possible effects for your health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Emu oil comes from the fats of the emu bird, which have been separated from the lean meat. Native Australians were the first to use this oil
  • This oil contains essential and saturated fatty acids, and compounds like carotenoids and polyphenols
  • To ensure you’re buying high-quality emu oil in the U.S., look for the “AEA Certified Fully Refined Emu Oil — Grade A” label by the American Emu Association

Most people know that the ostrich is the largest bird in the world. But have you ever been curious who holds the spot after it? It’s the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), a native Australian bird with a height that can reach up to 2 meters (6.5 feet). Just like ostriches, emus cannot fly, as their wings are only about as big as human hands. They do use them as flaps, however, to help cool their bodies, especially when it’s hot.

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