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It’s a fact … NSAIDs can really hurt your dog. They can cause ulcers, liver and kidney damage … and even damage your dog’s joint and soft tissues.

So scientists have been looking to help dogs (and people) with arthritis pain without the harmful side effects. 

Enter green lipped mussels for dogs …

Scientists are studying green lipped mussels as a safe and effective alternative for dogs who can’t take NSAIDs

But let me ask you this …

Why wait until your dog gets liver or kidney disease from his meds?

Green lipped mussels can provide joint support as NSAIDs (also known as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Without the harmful side effects.

So let’s take a look at how green lipped mussels can help your dog … and how to make sure you’re not getting ripped off. Because not all green lipped mussel powders are the same … 

What Are Green Lipped Mussels?

The green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is native to the New Zealand coast. It has a bright green stripe around the its shell and a distinctive green lip on the inside of the shell. 

Green lipped mussels have always been used by the Maori, a Polynesian people in New Zealand. And scientists soon noticed that the Maori people living on the coast had much lower rates of arthritis compared to inland Maori people. 

But what’s inside green lipped mussels that make them a natural anti-inflammatory?

The Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Of Green Lipped Mussels For Dogs

You might be wondering, how can green lipped mussels replace expensive, scientifically-proven NSAIDs?

They work exactly the same way …

NSAIDs are COX inhibitors. This means they prevent an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX) from making hormone-like chemicals (called prostaglandins). Prostaglandins ramp up inflammation in the body.

Green lipped mussels are also COX inhibitors … so they offer the same anti-inflammatory benefits. 

But green lipped mussels differ from NSAIDs in two important ways:

1. NSAIDs can cause health issues because COX enzymes protect the liver and gut lining. Inhibiting these enzymes destroys the stomach lining and harms liver cells. But unlike NSAIDs, green lipped mussels also contain LOX (lipoxygenase) inhibitors. These enzymes protect the stomach lining and liver from harm. 

2. Unlike NSAIDs, green lipped mussels do much more than just decrease inflammation. They can help build healthier joints in your dog.

Here’s how …

Mussels Build Healthy Joints

Green lipped mussels are rich in glycosaminoglycans (or GAGs). An important GAG found in green lipped mussels is chondroitin sulfate. And this is an important supplement for dogs with arthritis pain. 

Your dog’s joints are enclosed in a capsule. This capsule is like a water balloon and it changes in pressure to help your dog’s joints absorb shock. This protects the joints from war and tear.

Chondroitin strengthens your dog’s joint capsules … and this allows them to hold more water.

More water = more shock absorption = less wear and tear on the joints. 

Plus, research shows green lipped mussels keep delivering these joint health benefits. Even a full month after you stop giving them to your dog.

With that said, green lipped mussels can take a little longer to work in your dog compared to NSAIDs. But it’s worth the wait when you consider how much safer they are. 

But that’s not all …

NSAIDs destroy joint cartilage. This articular cartilage is important … it gives extra shock absorbing cushion to the ends of long bones. It also nourishes the joint and the joint capsule.

If the articular cartilage becomes damaged, you’ll see the classic signs of arthritis … instead of nice smooth bony ends, they’ll become jagged. These jagged ends can do even more damage to the joint … and it becomes an endless cycle of pain and inflammation. 

Unlike NSAIDs, green lipped mussels build healthy cartilage.

Now there’s one more difference between green lipped mussels and NSAIDs … and it has to do with special fats found in the mussels.