AniForte Green-Lipped Mussel Powder is 100% New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus), a bivalve mollusc typically found on the shores of New Zealand.
Green-Lipped Mussel is a true natural super food. High in protein, low in fat and full of minerals such as iron, which are essential for overall health and play a vital role in things like the production of red blood cells. It’s also a natural source of Vitamin B12, that helps with DNA production and aids the function of the nervous system.
But what really makes this an outstanding supplement is the high concentration of omega-3s (providing 680mg of omega-3 in just one serving) and the unique combination of fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation and support the body in the natural process of aging.
The mollusc’s amazing properties were first noticed when it was observed that native New Zealander’s, the Maori, showed very few signs of bone deterioration or joint pain even at advanced old age. Green-lipped mussels were identified as a large part of their staple diet, and research has revealed the truly amazing healing properties of this bivalve.
The molluscs are a natural anti-inflammatory as they are an excellent source of glucosamine and chondroitin, which are critical building blocks for bones and cartilage. They are also a wonderful medicine for reducing and inhibiting inflammation and relieving pain associated with joint problems.
They are non-gastro toxic and therefore are believed to not affect platelet aggregation (the stomach lining) like some anti-inflammatory supplements.
There are numerous studies which highlight the health benefits of the Green-Lipped Mussel. For example, the study below was conducted with 31 dogs who suffered from arthritis. They were placed into two groups: one group fed their regular diet and the other group their diet + green-lipped mussel supplement. After six weeks the results were remarkable, with a clearly visible reduction in joint pain and swelling in the dogs that were fed the supplement. You can read all the details of the study here.
How much does your dog/cat need?
Two key points:
- Size of your pet: As a general rule, use 30mg of powdered extract per 1 kg of your pet’s body weight. With AniForte Green-Lipped Mussel Powder this equates to 0.5g per 10kg.
- The severity of your pet’s condition: If your pet is suffering and you do not see any improvement in the first 3-4 weeks of giving the supplement (be patient, this natural medicine it can be relatively slow-acting), you can increase the dosage slightly. Once your pet’s health condition improves, you should decrease the dosage again.
Even though no negative reactions to green-lipped mussel powder have been reported, do take caution when adding any supplement to your pet's diet. If symptoms do not improve or you have any concerns at all, especially when combining with other supplements, be sure to contact your vet.