The green lipped mussel is one of the largest species of mussels, and is native to the coastline of New Zealand, where they form a major part of the traditional Maori diet. The oil or powder extracted from green lipped mussels is often sold as a supplement, which appears to have a particular impact on joint health.
Rich in omega-3, green lipped mussel has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown that it may be effective in reducing the pain from a number of conditions, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus.
Green lipped mussel is also a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin, both nutrients which play an essential part in the creation of healthy cartilage, and its healing once damaged.
Other chemicals within green lipped mussel are thought to contribute towards heart health and to overall vitality.
Eaten in their natural state, green lipped mussels are also a rich source of iron and an excellent source of protein and of vitamin B12. As a supplement, you can buy green lipped mussel in oil, capsule or tablet format.