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Green Lipped Mussel and Asthma

Asthma is defined as a condition wherein a patient’s airways narrow, start swelling and produce mucous. Consequences of narrowing and swelling lead to difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Figures show that asthma affects 1 in 9 adults and 1 in 7 children. In addition, 63 people die from asthma each year, accounting for one person a week[1]. Even though asthma can affect your quality of life, you’re not helpless. Green lipped mussel proves to be effective in asthma relief, keep reading to find out more.

What is Green Lipped Mussel?

Perna canaliculus or green lipped mussel is a type of a shellfish originating in New Zealand. They belong to the group of invertebrates meaning they do not have an internal skeleton made of bone. Green lipped mussel is usually found below the low-tide line, but they’re also located intertidally (the area of the shoreline between high and low tide). Although they are considered pests in Australia, green lipped mussels are important for New Zealand as they play a big role in the production of food and supplements. Dietary supplements containing these shellfish are becoming increasingly popular due to their health properties. As a medicine, the shellfish is available in freeze-dried, ground, and caps form, although the latter is more convenient.

Asthma and Green Lipped Mussel

The European Respiratory Journal published results of the study whose main goal was to analyse the efficacy of green lipped mussel on asthma. For this purpose, scientists enrolled 46 participants with atopic asthma who had to take the supplement with green lipped mussel or a placebo for eight weeks.

Results showed that intake of the supplement was strongly associated with a decrease in daytime wheeze, the concentration of exhaled H2O2 and an increase in morning PEF (peak expiratory flow). It is also important to mention that participants didn’t experience side effects[2] meaning the green lipped mussel is also safe for consumption.

The driving force behind the efficacy of green lipped mussel is the high Omega-3 fatty acids content. Evidence confirms that Omega-3 fatty acids have the tremendous potential to reduce the production of IgE, the antibodies that cause allergic reactions and symptoms of asthma[3]. The benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for asthma are best depicted by the fact that the increasing rates of this respiratory condition correlate with decreased consumption of fish and seafood in modernized diet regimens[4]. Green lipped mussel helps asthma sufferers through its anti-inflammatory effects on the tissues in your lungs. Moreover, this unique shellfish is an abundant source of vitamin C, an important micronutrient whose benefits go beyond protecting you from cold or flu but extend to asthma relief as well.

Studies show that vitamin C shows positive effects on pulmonary function tests, improvement in white blood cell function and motility, and it contributes to the reduction of respiratory infections[5]. Moreover, it is vital to mention that green lipped mussel is a great source of zinc (like other shellfish). Why is this important? It matters because asthma patients tend to have lower levels of zinc[6] than their healthy counterparts.

What are the Benefits of NutriNZ Green Lipped Mussel?

Green Lipped Mussel from NutriNZ is a natural yet potent product that contains the blend of extracted shellfish and rosemary oil which functions as an antioxidant. Thanks to the amazing potential of green lipped mussel to reduce inflammation and, thereby, alleviate asthma, the supplement poses as a safe and natural solution to all patients who have this respiratory condition. The advantage of NutriNZ is in the fact the supplement contains shellfish sourced from only high-quality and licensed marine farms in the South Island of New Zealand.

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[2] Emelyanov A, Fedoseev G, Krasnoschekova O, et al. Treatment of asthma with lipid extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel: a randomised clinical trial. European Respiratory Journal 2002, vol. 20 no 3, 596-600. Doi: 10.1183/09031936.02.02632001

[3] Kim N, Thatcher TH, Sime PJ, et al. Corticosteroids inhibit anti-IgE activities of specialized pro resolving mediators on B cells from asthma patients. JCI Insight 2017 Feb. Doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.88588

[4] Miyata J, Arita M. Role of Omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolites in asthma and allergic diseases. Allergology International 2015 Jan, vol. 64 no. 1, 27-34. Doi: 10.1016/j.alit.2014.08.003

[5] Bielory L, Gandhi R. Asthma and vitamin C. Annals of Allergy 1994 Aug;73(2):89-96 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8067602

[6] Khanbabaee G, Omidian A, Imanzadeh F, et al. Serum level of zinc in asthmatic patients: a case-control study. Allergologia et Immunopathologia 2014 Jan-Feb;42(1):19-21. Doi: 10.1016/j.aller.2012.07.008