HISTORY OF GREEN LIPPED MUSSEL
Perna Canaliculus, Green Lipped Mussel, is a New Zealand shellfish, the extract of which has been shown to be useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, ankylosing spondylitis, lyme disease, skin inflammation, gastro-intestinal disorders, connective tissue repair and sports related injuries. Research has been published documenting the benefits of Green Llipped Mussel for humans, dogs and cats.
The Green Lipped Mussel is grown in the coastal waters of New Zealand. Using a series of buoy, ropes and growing line, a single rope, is attached. After three to six months, these ropes are lifted and the young mussels are removed and seeded at a sparser rate onto a thicker and much longer rope. The mussels remain on these new ropes until harvested at their peak which may take 12 to 18 months for 90 -120 mm mussels. All through the farming season, shellfish health and the ocean purity are rigorously monitored under environmental code of practice of the industry to ensure that the growing environment is free from pollution and other contaminants. The shell is removed and the edible portion is freeze dried using low temperatures and vacuum to remove the water. This preserves the integrity of the bioactive molecules and ensures the stability of the activity of the many nutrients.
The Green Lipped Mussel is ranked among the top ‘eco-friendly seafoods' according to the US environmental agency, Blue Ocean Institute. Green Lipped Mussels contain Omega-3 which are necessary to support our body. In addition, these Green Lipped Mussel extracts also contain natural proteins, minerals and mucopolysaccharides. These Mussel Extract substances are increasingly being recognized as being helpful in general well being, joint mobility and cartilage maintenance.
As our body ages, it suffers normal wear and tear on it's joints and bones causing inflammation of joints. Inflammation produces pain and causes further damage to the joints. Our body produces several chemical mediators of inflammation. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis tend to have higher levels of these mediators in their body than in people with symptom-free arthritis. Studies indicate that controlling the production of inflammatory mediators in our body may help improve arthritic conditions and inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease