People often wonder why we choose the ingredients we do for our products, particularly when our selections appear unconventional. Green Lipped Mussels are no exception to this curiosity, so you may be surprised to learn that it is one of the best natural supplements that promote pet agility and support joint health.
If you are ready to take a deeper dive into this superfood and how it can benefit your dog or cat, you’re in the right place!
A Sustainable Supplement
Green lipped mussels, also known as Perna canaliculus, are a shellfish that also happen to be an extremely beneficial superfood. Originating off the coast of New Zealand, these pure and clean waters are free from pollution. Impressively, it is internationally recognized as one of the top eco-friendly seafoods in the world. This means that the green lipped mussel is a nutrient dense, ocean-friendly seafood. They are popular in New Zealand and have only recently been introduced in the West. They are commonly used medicinally as they contain vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats, and more that are essential to a healthy diet.
A Beneficial Ingredient
Green lipped mussels have numerous benefits for your dog and cat that can help them overcome their joint issues. Some people may turn to NSAIDs, like Rimadyl, for a quick fix but this can result in some negative side effects that you don’t want for your companion, such as vomiting and diarrhea. As an alternative, mussels are a natural supplement that are much healthier and do not have any known negative side effects. It works to promote pet agility and joint health, even for those that already have painful joints. They help keep the cartilage strong, healthy, and flexible so the joints are properly cushioned as they glide. As an extra advantage, these mussels have also been known to boost immunity and skin health!
Pet parents usually have a general idea of the importance of the fatty acids, EPA and DHA, but did you know that mussels contain a third called Eicosatetraenoic Acid, or ETA. ETA is that one ingredient that does more by lowering the production of cyclooxygenase, an enzyme that is responsible for inflammation. So, receiving ETA in their supplements can mean more playtime!
All of this is why we’ve been sure to include this amazingly beneficial ingredient in our Agility Formula for Dogs & Cats as well as our Pork & Duck Cat Food. When it comes to Agility Formula, which is designed to support the entire musculoskeletal system, the mussels pack an extra healthful punch because they work well with the glucosamine in our formula. It can be hard to watch your dog or cat struggle to climb stairs or play the way they used to. With the right diet and targeted supplementation, you will know, and see with your own eyes, that you are helping them live a healthier and happier life.