August 27, 2016

New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel

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What other names is New Zealand Green-lipped Mussel known by?

Extrait de Moule, GLM, Green Lipped Mussel, Green Shell Mussel, Mejillón Verde de Nueva Zealandia, Moule à Coquille Verte, Moule à Coquille Verte de Nouvelle-Zélande, Moule aux Lèvres Verte de Nouvelle-Zélande, Moule Vert-Labiée de Nouvelle-Zélande, Moule Verte de Nouvelle-Zélande, Mussel Extract, New Zealand Green Lipped Sea Mussel, New Zealand Green Mollusk, NZGLM, Perna canaliculus, Sea Mussel, Seatone.

What is New Zealand Green-lipped Mussel?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma. Developing research suggests that a particular extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Lyprinol, Pharmalink) decreases daytime wheezing and improves breathing in some people with asthma.
  • Osteoarthritis. Early research suggests that taking New Zealand green-lipped mussel extract by mouth reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain and stiffness. However, other research shows little or no benefit. Most studies have used a specific extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Seatone, MacFarland Laboratories), although some studies used another specific extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussels (Lyprinol, Pharmalink).
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Some early research suggests that taking a specific extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Seatone, McFarlane Laboratories) by mouth reduces symptoms of RA, including pain and stiffness. However, other research shows no benefit.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of New Zealand green-lipped mussels for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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