The Green Lipped Mussels
Fish prepared in a healthy way makes a great meal to man. Fish is low fat, is high in omega 3 fatty acids, an immuno booster and a great anti inflammatory. Green Lipped Mussels (Perna canaliculus) are a type of shellfish found in New Zealand. They have a tinge of emerald green on their shells giving them the name Green Lipped. They make a local delicacy of New Zealanders and the Green Lipped Mussel Extract are also a very popular nutritional supplement.
A cultivated species in New Zealand, Green Lipped Mussels are farmed under the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). The mussels are suspended from long lines attached to buoys or suspended platforms until they grow to the desired length of 80mm. Then they are harvested under the strict supervision of MAF.
Health Benefits of Green Lipped Mussels
Green Lipped Mussels contain complex proteins, polypeptides, naturally chelated minerals, long chain unsaturated fatty acids, enzymes, Glycos Amino Glycans (GAGs), vitamins, nucleic acids, chondroitin sulfates, glycoproteins and polysaccharides. We get our share of these from foods like oysters, tripe, shellfish, oatmeal, aloe vera, slippery elm, pig’s trotters, wheatgerm, okra, cactus, comfrey, and shark cartilage. A lipid extract namely Lyprinol is also derived from Green Lipped Mussels which is highly helpful in the management of inflammatory diseases. It is found to take the desired effect on the symptoms associated with:
- Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Sports Related Injuries
- Lyme Disease
- Inflammatory Skin Conditions
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Connective Tissue Repair
It is scientifically proven that arthritis can be managed with a diet rich in MucoPolySachharides (GAGs). Hence, eating shellfish especially the Green Lipped Mussels may help you to restore your joint mobility and shrink painful joints. And you would not need to worry anymore about cold, humid weathers or filling your cabinets with pain killers!
No toxicity or adverse reactions have been known of the consumption of Green Lipped Mussels or its supplements such as the Green Lipped Mussel Extract. However, it is best to consult your health care provider on the suitability of Green Lipped Mussels to your condition.