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A6.What is the Composition of Emu Oil?
Last Updated: 08/01/2017

Composition of Emu Oil


Approximately 70% of the fatty acids in emu fat are unsaturated – Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9. This composition is consistent with current recommendations for a "heart healthy" diet. Studies and testimonial have also shown these Omega Fatty Acids to lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels while increasing good cholesterol; reduce inflammation in body tissue and joints; improve the immune system and assist the body with many functions. The monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid (Omega 9) is the major fatty acid in emu oil. This fatty acid is a known enhancer for transport of bioactive compounds into the skin, and thus the ability to be absorbed quickly and penetrate deeply when applied topically. The overall composition of emu oil is very similar to our skin's own fatty acid composition.

Composition of Lipids in Emu Oil vs Human Skin

Fatty Acid Emu Oil Human Skin
Myristic 0.4 2.1
Palmitic 22.0 20.2
Stearic 9.6 11.2
Palmitoleic 3.5 3.8
Oleic 47.4 30.8
Linoleic 15.2 15.1
Linolenic 0.9 0.3


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