Green Lipped Mussel, joint pain and your dog!
Unique to the shores of New Zealand, Green Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus) has historically been consumed for its health benefits and as a food source by the indigenous maori people of New Zealand and have only recently been introduced to the western world.
What are the benefits Green Lipped Mussel
So how does this unique secret of nature the Green Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus) actually help us and our pets? If you suffer from joint pain you are not alone. Millions of people around the world experience the aches associated with an inflammatory condition that can manifest itself as arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism. And the same can be said for our canine friends, as they age, they too can experience the same discomforts.
There are several kinds of anti-inflammatory medications that treat these ailments. However, as with most forms of medication some of these anti-inflammatories can have serious side effects. Who wants to rid their poor pet of joint pain only to create problems elsewhere in the body?
Welcome, to the Green Lipped Mussel a natural food source and, unless you are allergic to shellfish, there are no negative side effects.
Pets can benefit from these mussels because, when harvested in peak condition, they are a rich source of omega fatty acids and minerals. Powdered extract of Green Lipped Mussel contains very high concentration of omega-3s and unique combination of fatty acids that is not found in any other marine or plant life. Studies have also shown that they are used in order to reduce pain, and they can act as a feeding stimulant. However, their greatest healing properties correspond to the fact that they are a natural anti-inflammatory due to them being an excellent source of glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are important building blocks for bones and cartilage. They are key in reducing and inhibiting inflammation and relieving pain associated with joint problems.
Is it a meal? Is it a mollusc? No, it’s a Superfood
It’s New Zealand’s very own superfood. These mussels are considered a superfood because they contain a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, enzymes and many more nutrients – the Green Lipped Mussel’s super power is that it’s good for you and your pets for just about everything. It’s not only useful for pets already suffering from joint issues but is great as a preventative in order to save your pets from pain and stiffness down the line.
How much does your dog need?
Stick to the dosage guidelines mentioned, you may want to start with the ‘acute’ dosage’, if your dog’s condition is severe. Or for example if your dog is suffering from arthritis and you do not see any improvement in the first 2-4 weeks of giving the supplement at a maintenance dosage, you can increase the dosage to ‘acute’. After a month or so, once your pet’s health condition improves, you can decrease the dosage to the maintenance dosages mentioned.
It is always very important to consult with your vet before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet. Although no negative reactions have been reported in correlation with the use of the extract, it’s important to always keep a close eye on your pets when introducing them to new foods and supplements.