Biolane beneficial for relieving symptoms of non-arthritic sporting and athletic injuries.


Gray, S. K, (SGC) and Croft, J. E. (Scientific Marine), Auckland, New Zealand

The active properties of Biolane have been shown to be beneficial for relieving the symptoms of non-arthritic sporting and athletic injuries.  Such injuries are common, particularly in contact sports such as basketball, rugby, and football[1]. 

Other sports such as athletics, running and cycling and racquet sports have highly repetitive actions which can also result in overuse injury.[2]  The repetitive and juddering nature of the actions of these sports can induce inflammation and strains to the joint tissues.  Injury, impact and repetitive stress on joints and tendons can result in degenerative joint disease similar to osteoarthritis[3]. 

Randomized human clinical trial in elite cyclists

This study demonstrated the efficacy of Biolane in preventing muscle damage and pain in healthy sportspeople.

20 patients were treated with Biolane (1050mg per day) or a placebo for a short duration of 3 weeks before muscle injury was induced. The Biolane or placebo treatment continued for 3 more weeks and the study concluded at the 7 week time period.  

The average ages of the subjects were 26.7 +/- 5.3 years for the Biolane group and, 22.0 +/- 7.1 years for the placebo group.  All subjects were fit and healthy sports cyclists. 

No adverse events or side effects were noted.  Metabolic biomarkers (lactate, creatinine kinase activity, glucose, glycerol and free fatty acids FFA) were analysed throughout the study, and no toxicity was seen.

Peak power was greater and recovery of peak power faster in the Biolane group.  This suggests a preventative action for people taking Biolane on a regular basis[4].

Biolane and Sportspeople

Many sports people have reported recovery from injury after using Biolane.  Champion golfer Neil Coles regularly used Biolane for “aches and pains for sportsmen” and attributed a round win in British Golf Open in 1981 to its daily use[5].  

Australia’s Jane Fleming is taking Biolane as a preventative measure as she is feeling the effects of a long sporting career. Jane is a track and field Olympian and Commonwealth Games double gold medalist in Heptathlon and Long Jump… “I’m 45 and I need to make sure all my joints are still working and I don’t want to get to my 60s and be hobbling around with a walking frame” she says.  “I prefer a natural product as it is in keeping with my life and health and fitness philosophy” and “yes, I have noticed a difference”[6].

Science behind Biolane

The scientific reasons for Biolane providing these benefits are that the product addresses a range of the pathophysiological processes which occur in inflammatory and degenerative conditions involved in such sports injuries.  Biolane has three primary anti-inflammatory functions due to specific carbohydrate molecules[7], omega 3 fatty acids[8] and proteins[9] that are retained in their bio-active state.  It is these components that can reduce inflammation pain and swelling caused by injury[10][11].  Additionally Biolane is a natural source of GAGs (glycosaminoglycans)[12] which are the building blocks for cartilage[13]. 

Inhibition of the enzymes which break down joint tissue is also a key function of Biolane, and this is important for sportspeople who develop degenerative joint problems due to long term overuse or joint injury[14][15].  Biolane inhibits the enzymes known as MMPs (matrix metalloproteases) that can degrade joint tissue[16]. 

Biolane is proven to be useful in treating sports injuries such as joint and muscle damage and may be an effective preventative treatment for sports people and athletes through and beyond their sporting careers.


[1] Buckwalter JA, “”Sports, Joint Injury, and Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis”, J Orthop Sports Phys Ther,  Oct; 33(10):578-88, 2003.

[2] Louis C, “Outcome in the Treatment of Chronic Overuse Sports Injuries: A Retrospective Study”Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 19(3):157-161, 1994.

[3] Buckwalter JA, Martin JA. “Sports and osteoarthritis”, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 16(5):634-9, 2004.

[4] Lambert, M., Semark, A., Grobler, L, “The Ergogenic Properties of Seatone”, unpublished data on file Vitaco, 1998.

[5] “Record 65 Gives Lead to Coles”, Star Weekender, article on file Vitaco, 1981.

[6] A Current Affair, Channel 9, Australia, 2011.

[7] Miller et al, “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Glycogen Extracted from Perna canaliculus (NZ Green-Llipped Mussel)”, Agents Actions 38, Special Conference Issue C139-42, 1993.

[8] Murphy KJ, Mann NJ, Sinclair AJ,  “Fatty Acid and Sterol Composition of Frozen

and Freeze-Dried New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus) from Three

Sites in New Zealand, Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 12(1):50-60, 2003.

[9] Kosuge et al, “Isolation of an Anti-histamine Substance from Green-Lipped Mussel (Perna canaliculus)”, Chem. Pharm. Bull 34(11) 4825-4828, 1986.

[10] BiolaneTechnical Dossier, Adis 2002

[11] Wright, D., “Development of a Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity Assay for Extracts of the BiolaneTM Green-Lipped Mussel, Perna canaliculus”, Data on file Vitaco, 2009.

[12] Slim, G, “Glycosaminoglycan Content of Three Green Lipped Mussel Powder Samples Supplied By Healtheries” , Industrial Research Limited, Wellington, New Zealand data on file Vitaco, 2006.

[13] Roos, E. M., Dahlberg, L’ “Positive Effects of Moderate Exercise on Glycosaminoglycan Content in Knee Cartilage: A Four-Month, Randomized, Controlled Trial in Patients at Risk of Osteoarthritis”, Arthritis Rheum, 52: 3507–3514, 2005.

[14] Tchetverikov, I, et al, “MMP protein and activity levels in synovial fluid from patients with joint injury, inflammatory arthritis, and osteoarthritis”, Ann Rheum Dis, 64:694-698, 2005.

[15] Hutson, Michael, Speed, Cathy, “Sports Injuries”, Oxford University Press, 2011.

[16] Wright, D., “Development of a Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity Assay for Extracts of the BiolaneTM Green-Lipped Mussel, Perna canaliculus”, Data on file Vitaco, 2009.

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