New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel
Native to the coastal waters of New Zealand, green lipped mussels are one of nature’s best kept secrets. They are rich in glucosamine, chondroitin and marine lipids, and are proven to help keep joints healthy.
The Benefits of Green Lipped Mussel
Just like humans, dogs age and can develop aches associated with inflammatory conditions like arthritis and rheumatism. There are medications out there for dogs to help treat this but they can have serious side effects like irritation, anorexia, vomiting and ulcers. It almost seems counter-productive to treat one condition but then to give rise to another. Green lipped mussel serves as a natural anti-inflammatory without these harmful side effects. They are also a rich source of omega 3s and fatty acids which are two great healing agents, they are a pair of important critical building blocks for bones and cartilage which reduce pain significantly in aging dogs and allow them to move around more freely.
Green mussels are considered a superfood in the health world because they contain lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids. They are a great preventative for illnesses and for growing the immune system of your pet.
In 2002 a study by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences declared that;
¹ “Dietary supplementation with Green Lipped Mussel may be of particular benefit in the management of dogs with arthritic signs”.
² Nutrients present in Green Lipped Mussel powder “act synergistically to reduce inflammation and pain, to limit further cartilage degeneration and, potentially, to support the regeneration of damaged joint cartilage.”
There have also been many studies carried out to test the effectivity of Green Lipped mussel for dogs. In one particular study, 31 mixed-breed dogs with arthritis were separated into two groups randomly. One group received Green Lipped Mussel in their diet and the other did not. After 6 weeks, the group taking the superfood showed significant improvement especially in joint pain and swelling categories, whereas the control group did not. This study shows that when Green Lipped Mussel is added to a dogs’ diet, it can help improve their health significantly.
How to add GLM to your pets’ diet.
There are two ways you can obtain Green Lipped Mussel for your pet, one is to find the extract and add it to your pet’s diet. The issue with this is that it is very difficult to source and will affect the taste of your pets meals. It is also difficult to measure how much your pet needs and which concentration to obtain.
Thankfully, all McAdams premium pet food contains the perfect amount of this super ingredient, sourced directly from the shores of New Zealand. It is mixed carefully with the food so it still tastes great for your pet. Find out more here!