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Can you take green lipped mussel supplements if you have a seafood allergy?

Q) Can you take green lipped mussel supplements if you have a seafood allergy?
Sid (Winter 2016)

A) I think it’s safer to avoid green-lipped mussel supplements with a seafood allergy. It’s hard to give specific advice for this question as there are different types and severity of allergy and many different types of fish.

A further complication is that supplements may be made in a factory where different types of seafood are being handled so even if you know the specific trigger for your allergy, there's the risk of cross-contamination with other seafood that may cause an allergic reaction.

Allergy UK have very helpful information on seafood allergy.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Winter 2016 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

Send your questions for Dr Tom Margham to enquiries@arthritisresearchuk.org


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