Could mussels be the answer to sore muscles? A research project called "Musseling up 2.0" conducted by Sanford (Sea To Me) using their Greenshell™ Mussel Powder and Massey is hoping to find out.
This new research is continuing the work of a previous study, which found that Greenshell™ Mussels were beneficial for knee joint health in pre-clinical trials.
Cawthron Institute is leading the research in conjunction with Plant & Food, Massey University, and Sanford Ltd, to conduct two new trials looking into the role of Greenshell™ Mussels in reducing inflammation and muscle pain after exercise. It will also be assessing the reduction of chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Research lead, Cawthron analytical scientist Dr Matt Miller said the health benefits of Greenshell™ Mussels were "underestimated", and the research could boost its value.
"In previous studies we observed the protective effect Greenshell™ Mussels can have on animal cartilage, and we hope to see similar results in the 'Musselling Up 2.0' human trials," he said.
He said it was already known that Greenshell™ Mussel products could reduce inflammation, but this trial would be looking at inflammation and "novel biomarkers" indicating reduced inflammation in human plasma.
Outline of Trials:
The first trial, looking at inflammation caused by exercise, will be undertaken by Plant & Food Research, looking at the effect consuming mussel powder had on the post-exercise muscle recovery of healthy men between the ages of 18 and 40.
The second trial, looking at chronic pain, will be done by Massey University, looking at the effect Mussel Powder has on inflammation, joint cartilage degradation, metabolic health, and joint pain in middle-aged women with a BMI higher than 25.
Massey University Professor of nutritional physiology Marlena Kruger, overseeing the chronic pain trial, said the pre-clinical results were "encouraging".
"We're well-placed to look at how Greenshell™ Mussels might improve chronic inflammation in humans," she said.
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