Introduction: Where does Green Lipped Mussel come from
The green lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is a mussel native to New Zealand and gets its name from the bright green stripe visible around its shell and the green lip on the inside of the shell. Maoris have been using green lipped mussel for centuries to naturally alleviate arthritis.
It is believed that the green lipped mussel contains anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce joint inflammation. But it was not until recently that science has been able to back up these claims. Scientists noticed that the Maori people living on the coast had much lower rates of arthritis compared to those who lived inland.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Auckland who found that mussel extracts are able to reduce inflammation in mice. The study looked at both the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that the mussel has, showing how effective it is as a natural cure for arthritis.
The green lipped mussel has been shown to help people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. It works through inhibiting certain enzymes which regulate inflammation. There is also a study looking at the anti-inflammatory properties of the green lipped mussel which showed that it can help to reduce inflammation in other types of arthritis and even fibromyalgia.
Transforming Dogs Joints: The Benefits of Green Lipped Mussel for dogs
We know the benefits green lipped mussel has on humans, so one way to make sure that your dog stays healthy is to add green lipped mussel to their diet as it's a natural anti-inflammatory so it can help with joint pain and arthritis, or any other type of inflammation in your dog's body.
The best known components of green lipped mussels are Omega-3 fatty acids, including the fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega 3 fatty acids helps reduce inflammation and pain and improve mobility, it also helps improve skin conditions in dogs. In addition, green lipped mussels contain glycosaminoglycans, which have joint protective properties. Omega 3 can also help decrease the risk of heart disease or high blood pressure in dogs.
Green Lipped Mussels carry a nutritional punch making them an excellent source of iron, vitamin B12 and zinc, iodine, mgnesium and selenium. These shellfish are also a good source of protein, vitamin A and riboflavin (Vitamin b2).
The Science: How Green Lipped Mussel can help dogs
Clinical studies have shown that green-lipped mussel given to arthritic dogs, helped reduce joint pain and inflammation and improvements were also seen in mobility. A 2009 study looked at how well green lipped mussel worked on dogs suffering with chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Dogs who took green lipped mussel for eight weeks showed a significant improvement in pain and mobility compared to those who took a placebo. In addition, nearly three quarters of the dogs taking green lipped mussel needed less carprofen a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to fight chronic pain.
It was also interesting to note that even though the dogs stopped receiving the green lipped mussels at 8 weeks, improvements in pain and mobility were still present at 12 weeks. This isn’t the first study showing the benefits of green lipped mussels for dogs. A study done by the University of Auckland found that the green lipped mussel can help dogs with arthritis and joint pain. It was shown to be more effective than traditional treatment. The research showed that the green lipped mussel can help reduce inflammation and improve the comfort of dogs with arthritis and joint pain.
Conclusion: The Top 5 Benefits of Adding Green Lipped Mussels to Your Dog's Diet
Green lipped mussel's benefits for dogs are numerous, and they include: -
- - Improved joint health
- - Anti-inflammatory properties
- - Improved skin and coat
- - Enhanced immune system
- - Increased energy levels