NEW ZEALAND GREEN-LIPPED MUSSEL Overview Information
New Zealand green-lipped mussel is a shellfish. People use it to make medicine. As a medicine, it is available in freeze-dried, ground, and capsule form.
New Zealand green-lipped mussel is used for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and asthma.
How does it work?
New Zealand green-lipped mussel might contain chemicals that help decrease inflammation.
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). Researchers accidentally discovered that New Zealand green-lipped mussel might be helpful for arthritis. During a study intended to test the effectiveness of green-lipped mussel for cancer treatment, patients in the study reported that they had less joint pain and stiffness. This triggered research about possible benefits of green-lipped mussel in arthritis treatment. But study results so far have been mixed. According to some research, certain extracts might reduce symptoms of arthritis including pain and stiffness, but other studies show no benefit. Most studies have used a specific extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Seatone, MacFarland Laboratories).
- Asthma. Developing research suggests that a particular extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Lyprinol, Pharmalink) can decrease daytime wheezing and improve breathing in some asthma patients.
- Other conditions.
NEW ZEALAND GREEN-LIPPED MUSSEL Side Effects & Safety
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: New Zealand green-lipped mussel might be UNSAFE to use during pregnancy. There is some evidence that it might slow the development of the unborn child and might also delay birth.
Not enough is known about the safety of using New Zealand green-lipped mussel during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
NEW ZEALAND GREEN-LIPPED MUSSEL Dosing
The appropriate dose of New Zealand green-lipped mussel depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for New Zealand green-lipped mussel. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.