Several studies on Green-Lipped Mussel (GLM) extract shown a reduction in pain and an improvement in joint mobility in canine patients. GLM helps limit inflammation, preserve the integrity of the cartilage and fight against oxidative damage.
Fresh, raw mussels are traditional ingredients in the diet of the Maoris living along the coast of New Zealand. The incidence of osteoarthritis is lower among these people than those living inland, which led to a number of studies on the phenomenon and the anti-inflammatory properties of this mussel were soon proven.
The mussels harvested along the coast of New Zealand benefit from a constantly renewed supply of marine nutrients brought by the current. The mussels act as a sea-water filter, retaining the essential nutrients they require. As a result, GLM contains a large number of potentially active substances that fight arthritic inflammation: omega 3 fatty acids, chondroitin, glutamine, vitamins E and C and trace elements (zinc, copper, manganese).
GLM powder is an extract from the flesh of Perna canaliculus, or New Zealand green-lipped mussel. A great deal of care is needed to preserve the mussel’s therapeutic qualities during extraction.