What is the green-lipped mussel? Joint health for dogs
Renowned for being rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, the green-lipped mussel is a potent ingredient for maintaining joint health for dogs. Non-defatted green-lipped mussel serves as a potent anti-inflammatory aid, supporting dog joint health and fighting environmental sensitivities.
The green-lipped mussel is a bivalve mollusk, like a clam, farmed in New Zealand. The New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry possesses some of the highest quality control regulations in the world. The farmers grow, harvest, and process the green-lipped mussel to make oils, powders, and other nutritional supplements that you may encounter in your local store.
How green-lipped mussel can help your dog's joint health
Green-lipped mussel can be an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as minerals such as calcium and zinc that are essential for maintenance of dog joint health. Studies have also shown that green-lipped mussel extracts inhibit activation of specific parts of the inflammatory response, which can help relieve dog itching as well as support joint health for dogs.
Supplementing your dog’s diet with non-defatted green-lipped mussel powder provides your dog with a natural source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, lipids, chondroitin sulfate, glycogen and many other vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining healthy cartilage and soft tissue health while decreasing inflammation in joints. The anti-inflammatory effects of green-lipped mussel can also significantly decrease symptoms of sensitivity to certain irritants – like uncontrolled scratching after rolling in the grass.
For best results, find non-defatted
The quality of green-lipped mussel products available to consumers can vary greatly. The fatty acid and mineral content is highest in “non-defatted” green-lipped mussel. The process of de-fatting includes pressing the mussel to remove the oils prior to freeze-drying and grinding into a powder. This process, of course, presses out the valuable omega fatty acids – taking their health benefits with them.
Watching your dog struggle to do the things they used to love, or scratching until they remove fur and have hot spots is very unsettling. Incorporating green-lipped mussel into their diet can help them find relief – especially when the green-lipped mussel works in concert with whole-plant hemp to improve mobility. And when they feel better, you feel better!