Ingredient Spotlight – Green-Lipped Mussel for Dogs

Just as with humans, dogs can endure problems with their joints with some even exhibiting signs like not even wanting to get up, limping, and mobility issues, just to name a few. While this can impact dogs of any age, it usually occurs in older, middle-aged, and elderly dogs, with it affecting 25% of all large breed dogs.

Anti-inflammatory medicines are frequently recommended to ease pain, but the side effects for your pup can be quite unpleasant. That’s why many have been looking elsewhere for possible alternatives. The most popular option that people come across is the New Zealand green-lipped mussel (AKA Perna canaliculus), as it has a lot of benefits.

In this article, we’ll cover everything from the benefits of green-lipped mussels, to the science behind them, as well as if they’re a good fit for your pooch.

What are Green-Lipped Mussels

Perna canaliculus, sometimes known as the green-lipped mussel, is a native New Zealand mollusk known for its green edges or “lips.” It’s been used by the Maori, New Zealand Polynesian natives, for generations. Scientists noticed that the Maori who lived near the water had a much lower chance of getting arthritis than those who lived further inland. Now, we still don’t fully understand how GLMs function in terms of pain alleviation. We do know, however, that the extracts contain omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and amino acids. Also, laboratory and animal studies have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and are critical for maintaining joint cell structure and function.

Green-Lipped Mussel Benefits for Dogs

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One of the most amazing qualities of green-lipped mussels is their capacity to function as a natural filter in saltwater. As a result, they can retain a wide variety of potent nutrients. These mussels have a long history in the equestrian community for battling arthritic symptoms in horses, but current research has discovered that other animals such as dogs can benefit from them for the same reason, and more. Giving your pooch GLM’s can have multiple benefits, such as:



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