Since the 1980s, numerous clinical studies have shown that both the oil of Perna canaliculus and fish oil, (EPA, DHA), have anti-inflammatory activity that can contribute to reduced pain and improved joint mobility for patients who suffer osteoarthritis (OA). Perna canaliculus, which is pure chondroitin sulfate, is derived from the oil of Green Lipped Mussels (Green Lipped FFA) that are harvested in New Zealand for their healing properties.
Osteoarthritis (OA) typically generates pain, reduced mobility and reduced quality of life. Most conventional treatments for osteoarthritis, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and simple analgesics, have negative side effects.
In 2013, the journal of Marine Drugs published a study of the comparative benefits of Perna Cananiculus (Green Lipped FFA) and fish oils. Patients using Green Lipped FFA showed a statistically significant improvement compared with patients who took fish oil. There was an 89% decrease in their pain symptoms and 91% reported an improved quality of life. Patients treated with fish oil showed significantly less improvement and a greater level of physical discomfort during the study. These results suggest that Green Lipped FFA might offer a potential alternative complementary therapy with no side effects for OA patients.
Another article published in 2016 in the Georgian Medical News also concluded that using oral chondroitin sulfate derived from Perna Cananiculus may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.
Patients often use well-known analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat pain related to OA. Long-term intake of these analgesics may cause gastro-intestinal side effects and might also adversely affect the kidneys. Green Lipped FFA has been shown to be an effective complementary or alternative active ingredient for the treatment of OA without any side effects.
The Vancouver Spine Care Centre has sourced Green Lipped FFA from a very reputable Canadian nutritional manufacturer and we make it available for purchase by our patients. Green Lipped FFA is an extremely potent anti-inflammatory and provides the building blocks for joints and spinal discs when recovering from injury or treating a chronic degenerative condition.