[Efficacy of Green Lipped Mussel] The secret to Maori joint health, 3 benefits of Green Lipped Mussel

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Māori's Secret to Joint Health Green Lipped Mussels

Green Lipped Mussel Benefits
1. Reduction of joint pain
2. Improvement of joint function
3. Improvement of morning stiffness

This is Jinny, the pharmacist.

How is your joint health? Have you ever suffered from pain in your wrists, shoulders, or knee joints? Today, for those who are worried about joint health, I would like to introduce 'Green Lipped Mussel' , a well-known joint health material.

Green lip mussels, which grow in the coastal waters of New Zealand, have green shells unlike common mussels. It began to gain widespread attention when it became known as the secret to joint health of New Zealand's coastal Maori people. The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety also recognized the functionality of 'Liprinol-Green Lipped Mussel Extract Oil', an oil raw material extracted from green lipped mussel, as ' it can help joint health' . Now, let's take a look at how green lipped mussels can help protect joint health through studies reported in academic circles.

1. Reduce joint pain

Green-lipped mussel reduces the production of iNOS and COX-2, which are enzymes that induce inflammatory responses, and also reduces cartilage damage by suppressing the expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9, which are enzymes that degrade cartilage. Therefore , consuming green lipped mussels can protect joints and cartilage by reducing the inflammatory response and cartilage destruction 

In this regard , a paper published in Progress in Nutrition in 2004 reported that joint pain was reduced when subjects suffering from osteoarthritis were supplemented with green lipped mussel extract .

" Visual analog scale (VAS), subjective pain intensity after adjusting for the amount of acetaminophen (an antipyretic analgesic) used in patients treated with Lyprinol (Green Lipped Mussel Extract) compared to controls at weeks 8, 12, and 24. Method of evaluation) The pain score was greatly reduced. "
Reference papers: Lau, CS; Chiu, P. K.Y.; Chu, E. MY; Cheng, I. YW; Tang, W. M.; Man, R. YK; Halpern, GM (2004) Treatment of knee osteoarthritis with Lyprinol®, lipid extract of the green-lipped mussel - A double-blind placebo-controlled study. Progress in Nutrition. 6(1):17-31.
2. Improving joint function

There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease in which the cartilage that protects the joint is damaged or degenerative changes cause damage to the bones and ligaments that make up the joint, resulting in inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the synovium surrounding the joint becomes inflamed and the joint is destroyed or deformed. Although the causes of the disease are different , both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause joint pain and significantly reduce joint function.

In this regard, a paper was published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 1998 that showed that joint function was improved when green lipped mussel was consumed for patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis .

“ Both stable freeze-dried mussel powder and mussel-derived lipid extract are effective in reducing pain, swelling, and stiffness, and improving function indices in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. ”
Reference paper: Gibson, S., & Gibson, R. (1998). The treatment of arthritis with a lipid extract of Perna canaliculus: a randomized trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 6(3), 122–126.
3. Morning stiffness improvement

Early morning stiffness refers to a phenomenon in which joints become stiff when waking up in the morning or when they have been in one position for a long time, making it difficult to move, but getting better after moving the body to some extent. In osteoarthritis, this symptom lasts less than 30 minutes, but in rheumatoid arthritis, it lasts more than an hour .

This is a phenomenon that appears as a result of IL-6, a cytokine that causes inflammation, being secreted during sleep, and the concentration of IL-6 in the body increases. Green-lipped mussels are known to suppress the secretion of this IL-6 . In the paper introduced earlier, morning stiffness was also improved in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients when green lipped mussel was consumed .

" The improvement of morning stiffness during 3 months was significant in all groups. "
Reference paper: Gibson, S., & Gibson, R. (1998). The treatment of arthritis with a lipid extract of Perna canaliculus: a randomized trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 6(3), 122–126.

Today, we looked at the various benefits of consuming green lipped mussels. Green lipped mussels are beneficial for joint health, but since they are derived from mussels, you should be careful when consuming them if you are allergic to shellfish. Also, if you have liver disease or are taking blood clot dissolvers, it is recommended that you consume green lipped mussel after consulting with a specialist.

I hope you have a healthy day in body and mind. It was Jinny.