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  • Mussel oil extract could help sufferers of osteoarthritis
  • Reduced joint pain by 89 per cent during tests on patients
  • Of the 8.5m sufferers in the UK, 71 per cent are in constant pain

A mussel oil extract could provide effective pain relief for the millions who suffer from osteoarthritis, new research suggests.

The supplement – extracted from New Zealand green-lipped mussels – was found to reduce pain in people with the degenerative condition by 89 per cent.

It also proved more effective than traditional fish oils at easing symptoms.

Reef relief: Oil extracted from a specific type of mussel has been found to significantly reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis

‘These are remarkable findings, especially as no side effects were reported,’ says Professor Jacek Szechinski, who led the study.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, with about 8.5 million sufferers in the UK.

It causes inflammation and damage around the joints, often leading to stiffness and severe pain. According to Arthritis Care, 71 per cent of sufferers are in constant pain.

Common pain: About 8.5million people suffer from osteoarthritis in the UK

The new study, published in the Marine Drugs journal, compared the supplement Lyprinol, which uses a patented extract process that preserves mussels’ potent lipids, with fish oil commonly taken for the condition.

Researchers at Poland’s Clinic of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine tested 50 adults with osteoarthritis in the knee or hip.

For 12 weeks, half the group was given Lyprinol (1,200 mg daily) and half a traditional fish oil supplement.

The pain assessment scores for those on mussel oil showed a significant improvement within four weeks and 91 per cent reported an improved quality of life.

Those on fish oil showed no such reduction in pain or improved mobility.

‘This could potentially mark a major breakthrough,’ says consultant rheumatologist Dr Sundeept Bhalara from Spire Bushey Hospital, Hertfordshire.


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AN OIL found in New Zealand mussels could free millions of osteoarthritis sufferers from the constant, sometimes crippling pain of their condition, according to new research.

A team from the Clinic of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine in Poland found that the oil, called PCSO-524, reduced arthritis-related pain by 89%, with 91% of participants reporting an improved quality of life. The oil is the active ingredient in Lyprinol.

The study also found that traditional fish oil supplements were less effective, with patients reporting higher pain levels throughout the trial.

Professor Jacek Szechiński, who led the study, said:

“These are remarkable findings, which show that the mussel oil PCSO-524 is significantly more effective than traditional fish oils in treating the pain associated with osteoarthritis. As there are no side effects due to the lower dosages than are needed compared to traditional fish oils, Lyprinol could offer an effective alternative treatment to those people whose life is blighted by the pain of osteoarthritis.

“With the results of this study, and previous work which has shown the benefits of PCSO-524, it’s starting to look like we’ve only scratched the surface of what this oil has to offer to those suffering from not just osteoarthritis but a range of conditions. It’s a very exciting time.”

The study is published in the Special Issue ‘Marine Compounds and Inflammation’ of the Marine Drugs journal (Zawadzki et al 2013; Mar. Drugs 2013, 11 (6), 1920-1935; doi: 10 3390/md11061920)

Asthma Breakthrough!



AN oil discovered in New Zealand mussels by British scientists in the 1980s could offer new hope to millions of asthma sufferers around the world, according to groundbreaking new research.

The study, led by Professor Timothy D. Mickleborough at Indiana University, found that the oil from New Zealand mussels – found only in Lyprinol – reduced dependence on inhalers by a staggering 83 per cent and improved the lung function of asthmatics who suffer from exercise-induced attacks by 59 per cent.

The oil, called PCSO-524, was first discovered by Dr Sheila Gibson and used to treat arthritis-related inflammation at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary in 1980. Today, Lyprinol is commonly used to support joint health and reduce inflammation related to conditions including arthritis. It is the only product available that contains PCSO-524.

Prof Mickleborough said:
“These findings are a real breakthrough, and offer new hope for asthma sufferers all over the world. Reducing the dependence on inhalers will offer those who suffer from asthma a new freedom, while the ability to lower the risk of exercise-induced asthma attacks will allow sufferers to increase their health and pursue their athletic ambitions more freely.

“We already know the benefits of Lyprinol in joint health and inflammation, but this new study indicates that this supplement- and the mussel oil PCSO-524 offers more health-giving potential than we previously thought. It’s a hugely exciting time.”

Prof Mickleborough’s study will be published in a forthcoming issue of the peer-reviewed British journal, Respiratory Medicine. It is also available online: