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Green Lipped mussels dog treats, the science and nutrition value

Archie dog eating green lipped mussel dog treatsThere appears to be one actual reference for Green lipped mussel nutrition in table form available on the internet so we have reproduced it below for :  'Green  Mussels and United States recommended daily allowances.'

The table provides the base level of understanding how useful and how unique this mollusc is. However many of the most incredible active ingredients are not singled out in the basic vitamins and minerals list. So we have provided extra information for you in easy to understand terms.

While Green Lipped Mussels are known for their anti inflammatory properties and arthritis relief (see previous article),  it is actually the SPECIAL omega 3 chemical combined with other active compounds that provides the main fight against joint inflammation and pain.

It is apparently a unique version of  eicosatetraenoic acid, or ETA, that creates all of the excitement and great benefits. “This type of ETA is found only in green lipped mussels and binds cyclooxygenase, which is an enzyme that causes inflammation. They also contain glucosamine, chondroitin, zinc, and magnesium, which are beneficial for joint metabolism.” Ref 2

 NOTE it is the glucosamine and chondroitin of shark cartilage dog treats that gives it the amazing properties of pain relief, inflammation reduction and cartilage repair, and why I use that dog treat daily with my dog.

 The other big buzz compound is polysulfated glycosaminoglycans (PSGAGs), said to be the building blocks for cartilage and joint fluid.  glycosaminoglycans are said to block the pro-inflammatory reaction without causing  gastrointestinal irritation connected with NSAID treatment in dogs.  If you have a dog with arthritis the vet most likely prescribes  carprofen a steroid with serious side effects on long term usage. 

Glycosaminoglycans in dog treats

GAGs (for short), are necessary for brain, cartilage and tissue development, and play a vital role in the health and maintenance of cartilage and tendons, skin and connective tissue. Some glycosaminoglycans – which are also known as mucopolysaccharides, or MPS - help ensure that tissues retain moisture so they function as they should.    These molecules are very important to our overall health and well-being of your dog, and are often called “the glue of life,” due to the big role they play in the aging process.

Green lipped mussels seem to have NO short or long term negative side effects.  But we don't take over the vets job, always talk to them before considering changes in medicine or supplements to your dog.

If you have read our Omega 3 articles you will also know that many chronic skin allergy diseases in dogs and inflammatory diseases like asthma can be reduced massively by regular appropriate doses of animal based omega 3 in conjunction with omega 6 essential fatty acids.

In respect to New Zealand Green lipped Mussels, when taken by people, they can also often provide "almost 100% of their daily iodine and selenium needs, 1/3 of daily protein needs and 3  times the daily Vitamin B12 needs".. Note humans are typically much larger than dogs, and their vitamin and mineral requirements vary from dogs, but you can see that GLM's are very nutrient dense foods.

Did you know that you can also buy Lyprinol (component of GLMs) alone that is extracted from raw green lipped mussels? But again, we always recommend feeding who foods to dogs - when it comes to meat. 

Nutritional information for Green  Mussels and United States recommended daily HUMAN allowances Ref 1

Perna canaliculus values per 100g heat blanched meat.

Component Units per 100g Greenshell Mussels (Steamed) Dietary Reference Intake Upper Limit Percentage of RDI Percentage of Upper Limit
Water g 70.19        
Energy kJ 440 8400   5.2  
Protein g 18.8 64   29.4  
Fat g 3.1 40   7.8  
Carbohydrate g 4.1        
Calcium mg 173 1300 2500 13.3 6.9
Copper mg 0.19 0.9 10 21.1 1.9
Iodide microg 172 150 1100 114.7 15.6
Iron mg 10.9 18 45 60.6 24.2
Magnesium mg 82.5 420   19.6  
Manganese microg 898 2300 11000 39 8.2
Phosphorous mg 330 1250 4000 26.4 8.3
Potassium mg 399        
Selenium microg 75.6 55 400 137.5 18.9
Sodium mg 226   2300   9.8
Zinc mg 1.6 11 400 14.5 0.4
Total Vitamin A microg 41.1 900 3000 4.6 1.4
Thiamin mg 0.02 1.2 ND    
Riboflavin mg 0.18 1.3 ND    
Niacin equivalents mg 5.6 16 35 35 16
Vitamin B6 mg 0.08 1.7 100 4.7 0.1
Vitamin B12 microg 20 2.4 ND    
Vitamin C mg 5 90 2000 5.6 0.3
Vitamin D3 microg   15 50    
Vitamin E mg 0.79 15 1000 5.3 0.1
Cholesterol mg 30.1        
Saturated Fatty Acids g 0.91        
Monounsat. Fatty Acids g 0.61        
Polyunsat. Fatty Acids g 0.94 1.6   58.8  

 

 References

REF 1 The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables  www.foodcomposition.co.nz/concise-tables

REF 2  www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/green-lipped-mussels-dogs-how-they-can-help

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