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Mussel extract for joint health

Mussel extract for joint health

Extracting key compounds from Greenshell mussels to provide relief from joint pain

The global nutraceuticals market is projected to reach US$250 billion by 2018. This is driven by an increasing consumer demand for new products derived from natural sources that deliver proven health benefits.

Shellfish and other seafood are known to be rich in compounds that support health and seafood extracts are an established nutraceutical category in the global marketplace. Omega oils, particularly omega-3, are essential to the human diet, and are found in high concentrations in many fish and shellfish species.

Scientists worked with Aroma NZ Ltd to develop an improved method for extracting, blending and stabilising the key compounds found in Greenshell™ mussels that deliver an anti-inflammatory effect. Clinical trials have shown that this second generation product, GlycOmega-PLUS™, significantly improved knee joint pain, stiffness and mobility.

The company, in collaboration with Plant & Food Research scientists, is now developing a pipeline of products with optimised yield and demonstrated efficacy targeted for the growing Asian market. It is anticipated that new products will create returns of up to $10 million for the company over the next five years.

The research was funded through the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. The GlycOmega-PLUS™ clinical trial was undertaken by the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Created: September 2014

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