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The Best Joint Health Supplement You Should Buy

Updated on June 17, 2014

In the pollution free waters of New Zealand grows the green lipped mussel, a nutrition packed shellfish that is eaten for their health giving qualities. The Maori, an indigenous population of New Zealand, once consumed the mussel raw as the center of their diet.

Modern New Zealanders and cooks in restaurants around the South Pacific have been cooking the mussels for decades. And more recently, the green lipped mussels have been processed into oils and powders to be taken around the world as joint health supplements.

The mussels have anti-inflammatory properties. They are effective in treating inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, asthma, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They also promote good joint health containing Omega-3 fatty acids, GAGs, lipids, proteins, and essential vitamins that balance joint inflammation, lubricate connective tissues, and rebuild cartilage. They also contain antioxidants and minerals that promote good immune health, cardiovascular function, and skin quality.

Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important. They are responsible for the cool down of your joints, tendons, and connective tissue after physical activity. Joints are tricky, we need them to be as flexible as muscle one moment, and then hard as bone the next.

The body accomplishes this by balancing its fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are inflammatory. They inflame our joints so that they can move and be fluid so that we can lift, throw, run, work, and play. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory; they calm down our joints so that we can rest without pain.

Omega-6s are common and non-essential. They can be produced from other simpler acids. Omega-3s are essential. The human body cannot produce them, so they must be ingested in our diets. The proper balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is supposed to be about 3:1. The average American diet sets this ratio to 30:1! Indeed, we are lacking in our consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, and our joints are first to feel the deficiency.

Unfortunately, you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. We can change our diets and our lifestyles, but we won’t. We love our food, omega-3 deficient or not. Powdered green lipped mussel joint health supplements can be mixed right into the foods that we already eat, making them the least invasive way to essential nutrition.


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