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Green  Lipped  Mussel for  Cats  -  a Natural & Effective Joint  and  Mobility Supplement

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stiff joints

older cats

feeding & ingredients

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Why do Vets  recommend Green Lipped Mussel extract for cats?


The reason is because green-lipped mussel is increasingly being recognised as a natural maintenance for joint health and which at the same time provides long term nourishment.  Joint and cartilage function is supported and the production of synovial joint fluid for lubrication is encouraged.

Veterinary surgeons often now promote the addition to the diet of green-lipped mussel as a means  of long-term maintenance of joint health.




Why do our cats need joint supplements?


How do you know if your cat is a likely candidate for joint supplementation? Perhaps you have simply noticed for yourself an uncharacteristic lack of enthusiasm for exercise, stiffness after rest, awkwardness mounting steps or jumping.  - no doubt you will be looking around for the best way to keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

All the active ingredients used in FLEX jointcare have been clinically proven to support  joint health in numerous scientific studies. We do not add unproven ingredients just because someone else may offer them. All the ingredients in FLEX have been carefully selected, based on the results of research that prove their beneficial effects on the health of joints.

What are the benefits of joint supplements in cats?


For hundreds of years the coastal Maoris of New Zealand have eaten Green Lipped Mussels as a major part of their diet. The Maoris would harvest the mussels growing naturally on the seashores and would eat them raw. Even though they saw the mussel as an important part of their diet, they did not realise the benefits they were gaining, until settlers in New Zealand later realised that these Maoris had far superior joint health compared to Westerners.

What’s The Science Behind Green Lipped Mussel In cats?

A History of Green Lipped Mussel in Humans

For hundreds of years the coastal Maoris of New Zealand have eaten Green Lipped Mussels as a major part of their diet. The Maoris would harvest the mussels growing naturally on the seashores and would eat them raw. Even though they saw the mussel as an important part of their diet, they did not realise the benefits they were gaining, until settlers in New Zealand later realised that these Maoris had far superior joint health compared to Westerners.

This mussel is known scientifically as 'Perna canaliculus'. It provides an excellent natural source of glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and extremely valuable Omega-3 fatty acids.

What’s in Green Lipped Mussel that helps Cats?

Unique Omega 3 Fatty Acid - ETA


The Green Lipped Mussel possesses a profile of Omega-3 essential fatty acids which is unique . No other marine or vegetable sources contain anything like as much beneficial Omega 3 oils. Most sources of Poly-unsaturated fatty acids (eg fish oils, flax oil etc) are a mixture of  Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. The balance between the amount of Omega 3 and 6 consumed is vital because Omega 6 oils can increase inflammation. Our Flex  Green Lipped Mussel extract is rich in Omega 3 oils providing up to 200 times as much per milligram as fish and vegetable oils.


Natural Glucosamine and Chondroitin


Flex Jointcare provides a rich source of all major classes of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) which are principle components of cartilage and the synovial fluid found in the joint. These GAGS provide flexibility, elasticity and tensile strength to the articular cartilage.

Good joint health can depend on promoting  GAGS content within the joint and surrounding cartilage. As a source of GAGS, Green Lipped Mussel can provide chondrocytes with Chondroitin Sulphate and essential fatty acids which are critical for maintaining joint health.


A  complete joint care formula


Flex Jointcare is the complete joint-care product as it is well balanced with Chondroitin Sulphates 4 and 6, chelated minerals, Glycosaminoglycan GAGS, amino acids and essential fatty acids which together give a synergistic effect that promotes healthy cartilage and provides shock absorbing properties to the joint.

Natural ingredients are more easily absorbed


The natural polysaccharides glucosamine and chondroitin, the 'building blocks' of joint tissue in Green Lipped Mussel, are far more effectively assimilated than manufactured glucosamine and chondroitin.

Flex Jointcare in both tablet and sprinkle form provides two additional anti-oxidant packs :-Selenium /Vitamin E and Zinc/Vitamin C. These are both synergistic combinations that have been scientifically linked to joint health.

Flex contains Selenium (in the form of selenium yeast which is more easily absorbed) and Vitamin E: both are anti-oxidants that have been scientifically associated with helping to maintain healthy joints.  Selenium, in particular, is potentially deficient in some cat foods because of the low levels of Selenium in European soils.

Stiff joints don’t discriminate. They affect not only people of all ages, but also  our furry friends, too.  A healthy diet that encourages your cat to maintain a proper weight is the primary way to help your cat’s stiff joints.

Because not all diets will ensure sufficient of the specialist nutrients needed, a joint supplement such as FLEX jointcare is a really great way too compliment this.


All the active ingredients used in FLEX jointcare have been clinically proven to support dog joint health in numerous scientific studies. We do not add unproven ingredients just because someone else may offer them. All the ingredients in FLEX have been carefully selected, based on the results of research that prove their beneficial effects on the health of your cat's joints.

How Do I Help My Cat’s Stiff Joints?

As your cat grows into middle and then older age you can expect that life will take its toll on his joints. This is a time whern extra help from supplementation may improve his enjoyment and quality of life.


The production of common compounds that we associate with joint care (Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Hyalauric Acid etc) known as GAG’s (glycoaminoglycans !!) reduces in older and elderly cats.  

These older cats therefore become more susceptible to joint problems ranging from just stiffness  - to more serious issues.


GAG’s  are present in the connective tissues such as  cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Some types of  GAGs attract water molecules, providing cartilage with extra shock absorption properties.

They also have negative electrical charges so the GAG molecules tend to repel each other, imparting a degree of resilience and further protection against trauma and physical shock.


Supplements like Flex are rich in these nutrients and can compensate for your elderly cats increasing need for them.

Joint care and mobility in elderly cats


Guaranteed analysis per 100gm:


Green Lipped  Mussel extract      ........................ 70gm

Vitamin E                                                   ........................1800mg

Vitamin C                                                   .......................1800 mg

Selenium                                                    ........................1800mcg

Zinc                                                            ...........................272mg


Ingredients: Green Lipped Mussel concentrate, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), Vitamin C, Zinc Gluconate, Selenium Yeast 2%, Algae extracts (Spirulina, Fucus),  Maltodextrin.


No colours, flavours or preservatives.






Pharmaceutical grade quality


We use pharmaceutical grade quality ingredients throughout and manufacture to an accredited and inspected ISO 9001 quality standard. No animal feed grade materials are used.

Flex sprinkle granules are highly concentrated and contain over 80% active ingredients to give you more green lipped mussel than any other system.

Flex tablets are small (cat sized) and contain 175mg of Green Lipped Mussel extract.

Ingredients

Delivers more green lipped mussel than any other system

What’s In Flex for Cats?

Frequently Asked Questions About Flex Sprinkle

What is Flex for?/When does a cat need Flex?

Flex is used to reduce pain and discomfort, to improve joint movement and to reduce lameness. This applies mainly but not exclusively to the limb joints. The spinal column and other parts of the skeletal frame and even soft tissue damage may show improvement. Equally Flex may be given as a preventative to maintain a cat in peak condition and to reduce the effects of long term wear and tear. Injury to limb joints as a result of accident or exertion.Lameness of a non specific nature where the cause is unknown. Onset of arthritis (not necessarily prematurely).

How soon should an effect be seen?

Owners have reported visible and sometimes dramatic improvement within 2-3 days.  Naturally this is not always the case, and so a more realistic timeframe is a few weeks and results should ordinarily be reviewed after a month. Often, an initial loading dose (double the amount for the first week) can be given to reduce visible symptoms more quickly.

How should Flex be fed?

How should Flex be fed? - refer to the feeding section Flex sprinkle granules are simply sprinkled over your cats food. They can be mixed in if necessary or dry food can be moistened. We provide a scoop with each pack to help you measure the right amount. Flex tablets are both small and highly palatable and most cats will enjoy them as a treat. They can be given at any time. It is often convenient to incorporate them with regular feeding.

How much should I feed?

The amount to feed will depend on the condition of your dog. Generally one scoop per day of Flex granules or one tablet per day

How long should a cat stay on Flex?

The vast majority of owners prefer to feed Flex regularly because they value its contibution to long term joint-care.In cases where a specific injury is being treated then feeding may only be of shorter term duration. Continue feeding after improvement is seen to allow the healing to be completed. When used as a preventative or treatment for arthritic cats then there is absolutely no harm in long term feeding as all the ingredients in Flex have a strong natural pedigree.

Why isn’t there any glucosamine in your product?

We don’t add glucosamine or chondroitin because Green Lipped Mussel  is a strong natural source of these building blocks already. We prefer to add other ingredients instead such as Seleniun, Zinc and Vitamins E and C.

Why is your product different to other glucosamine products?

We believe that the natural constituents of green lipped mussel combined with additional anti-oxidants far outweigh the effectiveness of typical glucosamine based products. The anti-inflammatory properties are greatly superior and the natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin are more easily assimilated.

Is your green lipped mussel as strong as others?

Flex green lipped mussel extract contains high natural anti-inflammatory activity. Every production batch is tested/verified by the Bioactivity Investigation Group, University of Otago. Flex Green Lipped Mussels are only sourced from EU/USFDA approved growing areas located in the Marlborough Sounds, (Top of the South Island of New Zealand). Prior to harvesting our  suppliers fully inspect the Green Lipped Mussel quality ensuring that only the highest quality Green Lipped Mussels are selected and harvested. These strict control measures guarantee that the live mussels contain the highest levels of Glycosaminoglycans GAG and Omega-3-fatty acid contents. Flex Green Lipped Mussels are freeze dried at controlled low temperatures resulting in high anti-inflammatory activity. Low temperature controls are achieved throughout the entire freeze drying process ensuring the Flex components are kept at premium high levels. Flex Sprinkle is stabilized with a unique anti-oxidant ensuring maximum anti-inflammatory activity for long periods. Some mussel powders (eg. defatted, delipidated mussel powder) can oxidize resulting in low anti-inflammatory activity, other mussel powders are sold without any scientific backing. This is why stabilized Flex Sprinkle Mussel Powder is a reputable brand.

Is your green lipped mussel freeze dried?

Yes it is, absolutely all green lipped mussel extracts are either freeze dried or spray dried. We prefer freeze drying because no heat that could degrade the extract is used. If you want to see how good our quality is then follow the link to our press release about the quality of Flex green lipped mussel for dogs.

How much green lipped mussel is in your product?

Flex sprinkle contains 70% cold extracted and processed green lipped mussel extract by weight. This means 700 mg per gram or 700 mg for every 15kg of your dog’s bodyweight. This is more than any other brand and  approximately 50% more green lipped mussel than most other products.

Can I feed other joint care products at the same time ?

Yes, Vets frequently recommend the addition of green lipped mussel to the diet