Updated: Sep 20, 2021
Green-lipped mussel supplements have in recent years become a market-leading product in the combatting of arthritic and joint pain, becoming a healthy alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs for joint function and protection, and wellbeing in general.
Found only in the clean, green coastal waters of New Zealand, the Green Lipped Mussels are a bivalve mollusc, packed with nutrition. Their potential for health benefits began in the early 1970s with observations that coastal Maori people had a lower incidence of arthritis than those who lived inland.
Green-lipped mussels contain a high concentration of amino acids, glycosaminoglycans and chondroitin sulphates, which are the components of cartilage and the cushioning fluids in joints.
Laboratory and animal studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids in Green-lipped mussels help maintain joint cell structure and function, along with their anti-inflammatory function.
Additionally, this seemingly simple shellfish in the form of an extract or powder, has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation in the airways of trial people with asthma symptoms.
Supplementation with these nutrients is said to support the strength and health not only of cartilage, but of general wellbeing.
Whilst the proof may ‘be in the pudding’, we like to think of the Green-lipped mussel extract as an entrée to inflammation sufferers, and a good first port of call. This little mollusc and its potential benefits are well worth a try.
Contact NZ Nutritionals to enquire about supply or export of exclusive NZ Green-lipped mussel supplements and raw materials.