Pregnancy Use

Insufficient reliable information is available to assess safety. PRACTICE POINTS/PATIENT COUNSELLING

• New Zealand green-lipped mussel has been used to treat arthritis by the Maoris for many years.

• Significant anti-inflammatory activity has been observed in both animals and humans.

• Although a controlled study in dogs showed significant symptom relief for OA, clinical studies have produced inconsistent results.

• One controlled study has identified possible benefits in asthma.

• Insufficient reliable information is available to determine the safety of green-lipped mussel.

ANSWERS TO PATIENTS' FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will this supplement do for me?

Some studies have showed that NZ green-lipped mussel exerts significant antiinflammatory activity, but it is uncertain whether it will relieve symptoms of OA. One small study suggests that it may relieve some symptoms of asthma. When will it start to work?

Effects in asthma were seen after 8 weeks' use in one study. Are there any safety issues?

It should not be taken by people with allergies to shellfish and should be used with caution by people with high blood pressure. © 2007 Elsevier Australia

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