New clinical research conducted by Massey University in New Zealand provides the first serious scientific proof that Green Lipped Mussel works in horses.
The study which was a double-blinded, placebo controlled study conducted on horses. The study is the first double-blinded, placebo controlled study ever done on horses, and the results are impressive.
The study took 20 horses that received the placebo and 19 received New Zealand Green Lipped mussel powder. All horses showed signs of fetlock lameness.
Horses received green lipped mussel powder for 56 day and were evaluated by clinical assessment of lameness, passive flexion, pain, swelling and heat in the affected joint.
Clinical evaluation of horses with a fetlock lameness treated with green lipped mussel powder showed a significant reduction in severity of lameness, improved response to the joint flexion test and reduced joint pain when compared with horses treated with the placebo.
Researchers concluded that green lipped mussel powder significantly alleviated the severity of lameness and joint pain and improved response to joint flexion in horses with lameness attributable to osteoarthritis in the fetlock.
Veterinarian, Dr Darren Gibbins from Canterflex commented "This is really exciting research. We have seen clinical improvement in horses taking green lipped mussel powder for many years now. But to have good clinical evidence is fantastic."
"The recent Massey study clinically proves that high quality green lipped mussel powder has significant value in treating lameness in horses. And it is a double-blinded, placebo controlled study which removes the human biases that many lesser studies fall victim." Dr Gibbins said. "The Massey study only looks at fetlock lameness; however we presume that all joints can be aided by the use of green lipped mussel powder."
"Research has shown that high quality green lipped mussel powder works well in other species, particularly dogs. There is also some really exciting research being done in people currently by the University of Queensland, which looks very promising."
"Osteoarthritis which is the most common form of arthritis develops as a result of micro-fractures in cartilage that become inflamed and then heel imperfectly with poor quality cartilage and bone. High quality green lipped mussel powder reduces inflammation in the joint and contains Chondroitin, which is an essential building block of cartilage, so theoretically should help heal micro-fractures better and hence prevent osteoarthritis developing. A large long term clinical trial would be necessary to prove this conclusively." Darren explains.
"I recommend Canterflex, a high quality green lipped mussel powder, as a preventative and a treatment for arthritis. Degenerative joints are the most common reason high quality horses have to retire. So, if you have a good horse it makes sense to look after its joints."
Cayzer J, Hedderley D, Gray S. Equine Vet J. 2012 Jul;44(4):393-8. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2011.00455.x. Epub 2011 Sep 1. A randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study on the efficacy of a unique extract of green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) in horses with chronic fetlock lameness attributed to osteoarthritis.