What Is Green Lipped Mussel?
Green Lipped Mussel is a mollusc harvested from the beaches of New Zealand that can be used as a nutritional supplement to help human and animal issues that include osteoarthritis, asthma, and inflammation. In fact, Green Lipped Mussel seems to be chock full of good stuff that may be able to remedy several types of dis-ease.
How Can Green Lipped Mussel Help My Dog?
Dogs suffering from decaying bone and cartilage as well as joint pain due to aging, heredity or illness may benefit from the nutritional properties of the New Zealand green lipped mussel. Shellfish supplements have been used for years as a remedy for arthritis. A study by The American Society for Nutritional Sciences (1) shows that the green lipped mussel may be particularly beneficial in this area and others.
Healthy dogs can also take advantage of the nutrient-filled mollusc. Omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, glucosamine and chondroitin, vitamins and minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine and carbohydrates have all been found in this amazing shellfish that some are calling a veritable superfood.
Omega 3s, glucosamine and chondroitin are critical for building bone and cartilage. They also act to reduce inflammation, maintain joint cell structure and function, facilitate cartilage repair and protect against oxidation. Since inflammation is a source of pain, the Green Lipped Mussel may be just what dogs need to relieve joint pain caused by bone and cartilage breakdown.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The are vital for the body’s ability to repair and regenerate tissues and cells..
How Is Green Lipped Mussel Administered?
Several forms of the green lipped mussel supplement are available. You can give this to your dog mixed in their food. It is readily available in freeze-dried, capsule and ground form. You may also find dog treats on the market that contain the green lipped mussel supplement. The American Society for Nutritional Sciences study participants received the supplement sprinkled over their food as well as in treat form. Both methods were effective.
Follow the directions on the supplement container. Most will advise you to slowly introduce the mussel supplement into your dog’s daily diet. While green lipped mussel seems to be tolerated without many issues, there have been reports of nausea and flatulence. Observe your dog over the introductory period for any signs of discomfort and discontinue use if your dogs shows any signs of such.
It is a good idea to consult your holistic veterinarian prior to and during use of any supplement.
A further note of caution, pay close attention to the way the supplement is processed by the manufacturer. Mussel supplements that are processed using steam to open the shell will not be as effective. Heat processing has been shown to destroy most potential benefits in the green lipped mussel. Only purchase supplements from reputable manufacturers that provide detailed information regarding product quality and processing methods.
When Can I See Results?
As with most supplements, results occur over weeks not days. Results may also vary depending on severity of your dog’s condition. A good rule of thumb is to administer supplements as directed and with regularity, then watch and observe. Consult with your veterinarian on any changes in your dog’s behavior or demeanor.
Read The American Society for Nutritional Sciences study:
Improvement of Arthritic Signs in Dogs Fed Green-Lipped Mussel http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/6/1634S.full
Green Lipped Mussel, Arthritis Research UK, http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/green-lipped-mussel.aspx
Green Lipped Mussels: Why Your Dog Needs Them, Dogs Naturally Magazine,
Researched and written by Joyce Dierschke