What Does Human Grade mean? #
These Essential Omegas Green-lipped Mussel soft gel caps are legally suitable and approved for human consumption. Although we market this product for pets, it is 100% safe and effective for humans.
If you do decide to use this supplement for personal use please DO NOT take if you are allergic to fish or shellfish. The human dosage recommendation is 2 per day.
Is Green-lipped Mussel safe for dogs? #
Yes, Green-lipped Mussel is safe for dogs, and there are no known serious side effects. Please note that if your dog has shellfish allergies or a medical condition or is taking any medications, including an anti-inflammatory prescription, it is important to consult your veterinarian.
Are Essential Omegas appropriate for pregnant or lactating dogs? #
No, we advise against that. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Why should you give your dog Essential Omegas? #
Many pet owners and veterinarians seek natural solutions to support their pets’ health. Green-lipped Mussel is one of these nutritional supplements which could provide many benefits; it belongs to the family of nutraceuticals.
Nutraceuticals come in many forms, including tablets, powders, or oils. There is evidence that Green-lipped Mussel is good for arthritis in dogs, helping to reduce inflammation and possibly playing a part in reducing the doses of traditional medications required.
Green-lipped Mussel may also be good for other conditions involving long-term inflammation in the body, such as certain skin diseases.
Many health benefits have been associated with Green-lipped Mussel:
- Helps Manage Arthritis and Joint Issues
- Helps Support a Healthy Inflammatory Response
- Helps Support Heart & Liver Health
- Helps Support Brain Health
- Helps Improve Skin and Coat Health
- Helps Provide Immune Support
- Helps Support Normal Cellular Activity
- Helps Support Organ and Tissue Functions
The American Kennel Club (https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/fish-oil-for-dogs/) suggests that dogs should be taking fish oil. This supplement supports heart health, provides a healthy coat, and relieves allergic reactions and joint pains; it even strengthens the immune system and fights against canine cancer.
At What age should you give start giving your dog Essential Omegas? #
Green-lipped Mussel Oil can benefit dogs of all ages because they cannot produce omega-3 or omega-6 alone. Adding Essential Omegas to their diet is an excellent way to make sure your dog gets all the nutrients they need to be healthy. This is especially true if your dog doesn’t get either of these fatty acids from their food..
We do not advise giving Essential Omegas to puppies younger than 6 months old.
What makes green-lipped mussels so unique and efficient in improving joint health? #
It is their diverse omega-3 profile. Unlike fish oils used in most supplements which only contain two different omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (-Docosahexaenoic Acid) the green-lipped mussel also contains ETA (Eicosatetraenoic Acid). The combination of all three, means less inflammation, lower pain levels and more mobility for your dog.
EPA will also promote healthy brain and eye development in puppies while it may improve cognitive function in older dogs who are experiencing canine cognitive dysfunction. Research has shown that omega-3s can help to treat arthritis or chronic kidney disease in dogs.
What are the key ingredients in Essential OMEGAS?
The main ingredients in the Essential Omegas are Green-lipped Mussel Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Vitamin E.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is added as an antioxidant to extend the shelf life of the Green-lipped Mussel Oil.
Studies show that New Zealand’s Olive oils (https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijmm.2017.3078) contain the highest levels of antioxidants and can retain full flavor and color.
All olive oil produced in New Zealand is high quality, extra-virgin and cold-pressed(EVOO). New Zealand has high standards for the production of it’s Olive Oil. The extra-virgin olive oil is an entirely natural product. This is due to how the oil is processed.
Fresh olives are squeezed into a paste at cool temperatures (cold-pressed). This pressing is done without using heat, chemicals, or anything else added to speed up the process. The paste is transferred to a tank and stirred until it begins to separate. The oil that remains at the top of the tank is extra-virgin olive oil. This olive oil has the largest number of health-protecting antioxidants and nutrients possible for cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).
The third ingredient is Vitamin E which provides additional health benefits and maximizes the lifespan of these supplements. Our Vitamin E oil helps stabilize our Essential OMEGAs product, meaning that you’ll get the maximum benefit from taking them. The Vitamin E we use is Alpha Tocopherol, the most common and strongest form of the nutrient. We choose this type of Vitamin E because it has been proven to last longer and be absorbed easier by the body than its synthetic counterparts.
We never use cheap fillers with adverse side effects – only natural ingredients; that is naturally grown and harvested for purity.
Is Green-lipped Mussel an anti-inflammatory? #
Green-lipped mussels, found off the coast of New Zealand, contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and joint protecting properties.
Does Green-lipped Mussel help arthritis in dogs? #
There is mounting evidence that Green-Lipped Mussels contain nutrients that can help dogs who suffer from arthritis. These nutrients contain anti-inflammatory and joint-protective properties, so Green-lipped Mussels might reduce pain and swelling while supporting joint repair.
How long does it take for Green-lipped Mussels to work in dogs? #
It typically takes around 4-6 weeks before seeing an improvement from taking the green-lipped mussel supplement. Some dogs can improve faster than this, while others may take up to 12 weeks.
We recommend giving a double dosage for the first four weeks of use for the best results. A split dose in the morning and at night will allow quicker improvements that last longer.
Green-lipped Mussels are a safe and natural supplement that supports joint health; however, they are not magic pills, as they do not suppress symptoms but help reduce inflammation while boosting healthy cells – so it will take time for you to see visible signs of improvement. How long this takes also depends on the health of your dog prior to their consuming this product.
It is also important to note that every dog reacts differently depending on their current state of health.
Can Green-lipped Mussels cause loose stool in my dog? #
This is rare and harmless, but fatty acids can initially cause loose stools in some dogs. If this does happen, just back off the dosage a little and slow down the implementation.
Why should I include vitamins & supplements in my pet’s diet? #
Most commercial pet foods include baseline vitamins and nutrients, but some may not have the adequate amount to suit your pet’s exact health needs.
Like in humans, vitamins and supplements can help support your pet’s long-term health, regulating everything from digestion to muscle growth. Consult your veterinarian to determine the best vitamins and supplements for your furry friend.
How often should I give this supplement to my dog? #
Essential Omega oils are recommended to be given to your pet every day. It is safe for long-term daily use.
Directions for use:
- 1-22 lbs. – 1 Soft Gel daily
- 23-66 lbs. – 2 Soft Gels daily
- 67+ lbs. – 3 Soft Gels daily
A double dose of the product (a loading phase) should be given for the first two weeks to gain maximum absorption. We always advise consulting your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about giving any supplement to your pet.
Is this supplement safe to use with the medication my pet is currently taking? #
Please note that if your dog has shellfish allergies or a medical condition or is taking any medications, including an anti-inflammatory prescription, it is important to consult your veterinarian.
My pet is allergic to certain ingredients, will this product be safe to use? #
If you’re concerned that your pet may be allergic, please consult your veterinarian.
Do I need to refrigerate my bottle of Essential Omegas? #
It is not necessary to keep your bottle of Essential Omegas in the fridge. Essential Omegas have a long shelf life, we suggest you keep it in a cool dry place.