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New Study Shows New Major Benefit of Green Lipped Mussel in Reducing Side-Effects

Owners of dogs undergoing treatment for Dysplasia and Arthritis often ask us whether it is safe to give our Flex Green Lipped Mussel with presrcription anti-inflammatories such as Rimadyl or Metacam.

A new clinical study* in humans carried out in Australia by researchers has  showed a previously unrecognised benefit of Green Lipped Mussel, namely that it can reduce the gastro-intestinal inflammation and consequent upset caused by the  powerful anti-inflammatory drugs used in treating arthritis.

The visible side effects of NSAID’s (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in dogs are commonly stomach and intestine upsets which can be  very distressing both for our pet and ourselves. So it’s good to know that we can now do something about it and make our pet more comfortable.

Green Lipped Mussels growing in the clean waters off New Zealand

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 did not suffer from arthritis.

And so began the scientific trail that led to the benefits being first proven in the 1970’s and successfully repeated many times over in both humans and other mammals, dogs especially. Indeed success rates in dogs are even higher than in us.

*Green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) extract efficacy in knee osteoarthritis and improvement in gastrointestinal dysfunction:a pilot study:

 Coulson et al 8 February 2012