Did you know that you can use green lipped mussel for arthritis pain and inflammation?
Chronic inflammation in the body is more common than you might think. And it has been associated with a number of serious diseases and illnesses including heart disease, IBS, diabetes and arthritis.
Medications to treat these diseases are often worse than the disease being treated, thus further jeopardizing one’s health.
Which is why many people look for more natural ways to help prevent chronic inflammation or to treat their arthritis pain.
Many people turn to green lipped mussel extract supplements as a natural way to reduce inflammation and the arthritis pain.
Green lipped mussel extract is derived from the famed green lipped mussels that are found in the waters off the coast of New Zealand.
For centuries the Maori’s ate these mussels as part of their normal diet. In the mid 1900’s scientists noticed that even among the elderly the Maori’s didn’t seem to have stiff joints, and could climb and navigate much easier than many people half their age.
When these scientists looked at the diet of the Maori they discovered that a staple of their diet was the green lipped mussel, a mussel that is not found anywhere else in the world.
Studies on the green-lipped mussel revealed that this mussel contained many helpful nutrients including 5 kinds of omega-3 fatty acids known for reducing inflammation.
One of these fatty acids is Glycosaminoglycans, which lubricate and repair damaged cartilage or could help prevent cartilage from becoming damaged in the first place.
Another is Muscopolysaccharides that aid in metabolism and cell growth.
After this discovery, there was the need to share the benefits of green lipped mussels with the rest of the world.
But it was soon discovered that these mussels lost many of their beneficial nutrients when they were frozen for shipping. Therefore, they lacked the benefits that the Maori people enjoyed.
Supplement companies went to work trying to find a way to preserve these important nutrients in supplement form.
And after some trial and error, they managed to produce both Green lipped Mussel powder and oil supplements.
The supplements that I recommend come from mussels that are either farmed, or harvested under strict conditions that ensure sustainability.
These mussels are either farmed or harvested in their natural environment off the eastern coast of New Zealand.
Sadly, there has been over-harvesting of green lipped mussels and many other seafood and fish from the ocean.
Farming mussels, or using environmentally protected harvesting practices, helps prevent this depletion in the ocean. It also encourages the healthy development of mussels.
When choosing a Green lipped mussel supplement many people want to know which is the better choice, powdered or oil supplements.
The answer lies in the way the two supplements are made. With fish oil supplements the oil comes directly from rendering the oil from the flesh of the fatty fish.
However, in order to produce green lipped mussel oil, some companies first turn the mussels into a powdered form and then the oil rendered from the powder.
Other, companies extract their oil using a solvent-free process which results in a purified marine lipid extract.
In effect, green-lipped mussel oil is sometimes a supplement of a supplement, which means that it is going to have less helpful nutrients than the powder itself.
Moreover, some companies add other oils to the mussel oil to produce a cheaper product.
Since some of the oils in these supplements may not come from the green lipped mussel themselves, they are going to lack the nutritional benefits of a powder made entirely of the green lipped mussel.
Depending on the process, some green lipped mussel powder supplements are generally considered better and more effective than oil extracted from these mussels.
But, that doesn’t mean that every company processes their mussels in a way that saves the vital nutrients that help to relieve joint pain and inflammation in the body.
When choosing a supplement you should look for the following things:
The moment the mussels are pulled from the water they begin losing their nutritional value. This means that the fresher these mussels are when they are processed the more beneficial they will be.
Both freezing green lipped mussels and subjecting them to high heat during processing result in the mussels losing an enormous amount of the beneficial nutritional value.
So make sure that the supplements you purchase are processed fresh without using extreme heat when turning the mussels into powder or oil.
Over-harvesting of green lipped mussels and many other seafood and fish from the ocean is impacting our environment. Make sure that the supplements you purchase come from a source that uses sound environmentally friendly harvesting practices!
Make sure that the supplements you purchase don’t have any additives or preservatives that would render the supplements less than natural or could affect other aspects of your health.
Green lipped mussel supplements can help prevent chronic inflammation that leads to many serious diseases. They are also used to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.
However, you want to make sure that the supplement you buy has retained as many of the beneficial nutrients as possible in order to protect or improve your health.
Taking the time to view different companies’ websites and learning how they manufacture these supplements will enable you to choose the best brand of green lipped mussel supplement for your health.
Not recommended for pregnant or lactating mothers. Also, I do not recommend for children under the age of fourteen.
Like all seafood. If you are allergic to seafood or iodine stay away from this supplement.
Before starting any supplement I always recommend you consult with your physician first!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.