New Zealand green-lipped mussel is used for asthma, arthritis, exercise-induced muscle soreness, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Asthma. Some early research shows that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract decreases daytime wheezing and improves breathing in some people with asthma. Other early research shows that taking the extract reduces how much rescue medication is needed by people with persistent asthma. But using New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract does not seem to improve asthma symptoms in children.
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Early research shows that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract doesn't help with hyperactivity, impulsiveness, or inability to pay attention in children with ADHD. But it might help children without ADHD who are very active or have problems with attention.
- Exercise-induced muscle soreness. Early research shows that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract helps to prevent the muscle soreness that occurs a few days after a hard workout.
- Osteoarthritis. Most early research suggests that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract by mouth reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain and stiffness. But not all research agrees.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Some early research suggests that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract by mouth reduces symptoms of RA, including pain and stiffness. But not all research agrees.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: New Zealand green-lipped mussel is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth by children aged 6-14 years.
We currently have no information for NEW ZEALAND GREEN-LIPPED MUSSEL overview.
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