The green lipped mussel has been used in health supplements since the 1970’s but I bet you didn’t know that the Maori tribes of New Zealand have been consuming green lipped mussels for centuries now!
That’s right; whilst the discovery of the amazing green lipped mussel for health related issues is quite recent the organism has been part of the Maori diet for hundreds of years and perhaps one of the main reasons why this tribe is considered one of the strongest in the world.
In fact, when comparing the Maori tribe to other tribes of the past, this was one tribe that had very few documented cases of serious illness and especially joint related conditions. Even though the Maori tribes underwent some very harsh conditions, people now believe that their superior health and strength is down to this diet of green lipped mussel.
How did the green lipped mussel supplements hit consumer shelves around the world?
As already mentioned above, the mussel was first used in health supplements in the 1970’s but the discovery of the amazing health benefits is very interesting indeed.
Researchers who were initially looking for anti-cancer agents typically found in sea organisms, decided to carry out research on the green lipped mussel of New Zealand. Whilst they did not find a great deal of benefits regarding the prevention and treatment of cancer, what they found was certainly exciting.
Green lipped mussel is one of the richest sources of Omega-3 available and is packed with a specific type of Omega-3 that has anti-inflammatory qualities. For many, this was literally a god-send and offered an effective solution to those who suffer from arthritis and joint related conditions.
In 1980, a clinical study was then carried out on the benefits of the green lipped mussel extract and actually proved to greatly help with the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Since the first major study and the results that were found, this has become one of the most popular alternatives to “over-the-counter” medicines used in the treatment of serious joint conditions. In fact, in 2005, further study carried out by the Australian Centre for Complimentary Research also proved the mussel extract to be an effective treatment for arthritis.
Even if you do not suffer from joint conditions, the mussel is literally packed with essential nutrients and vitamins and helps with numerous aspects of physical and mental health.
- Improved levels of mental health
- Better skin, nails and hair
- Heightened energy levels
I am sure now you are beginning to see how this mussel can benefit human health. Another perhaps more surprising fact is that green lipped mussel extract is now being used to help animals.
In 2006, study carried out on over 80 dogs showed that the extract also benefited animals in much the same way as humans and can now be found as a supplement for man’s best friend!
Green lipped mussel history spans over hundreds of years with the native Tribes of New Zealand and luckily for us in these modern times, we are all now able to take advantage of this amazing shellfish as a supplement.
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