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Green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is a New Zealand shellfish, from which an extract has been shown to be useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).
OA is a chronic disease of the joints, especially the weight-bearing joints, that develops when the linings of joints degenerate, leading to lipping and spurring of bone, pain, and decreased mobility and function.
OA is a universal consequence of aging among animals with a bony skeleton. Many factors contribute to the development of OA; the disease is primarily associated with aging and injury and was once called “wear-and-tear” arthritis. OA may occur secondary to many other conditions. However, in most cases, the true cause of OA is unknown.
RA is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the joints and sometimes other parts of the body. The cause of RA also remains unknown.
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Are there any side effects or interactions?
People with shellfish allergy should consult a doctor before taking green-lipped mussel. Compared to lipid preparations, freeze-dried preparations contain substantially more of the protein fraction responsible for allergic reactions.
At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with green-lipped mussel.