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The Importance, History and Origin of the Green Lipped Mussel

Updated on January 7, 2015

New Zealand green lipped mussels have been around for quite some time yet, no one knew the importance that they would have when it comes to health in both animals and humans. They have since been re-discovered but for a whole new reason. There are mussels throughout the entire world, but only the green lipped mussels have been shown to provide the benefits that work in those that have been studied.

Natives and Green Lipped Mussels

One big thing to note within the history of the green lipped mussel is the natives throughout the area. They made feasts from the mussels, but very rarely have any of their people suffered from arthritis or even cancer, leaving us to believe that these feasts of the green lipped mussel allowed them to bypass these conditions. They stand by the benefits of these mussels and have evidence to prove that their people haven’t gone through these cases.

The scientists throughout the world have heard about their health, and decided to study it, actually think about whether or not it was the mussels that was to blame for the high health that the natives have, or perhaps that it was just in their genetic makeup. They conducted research of their own to find out the answer. Although cancer was something that was not shown improvement on in those that tried the mussels, those with arthritis have a higher rate of feeling better overall once they have taken them.

Not only that, but many studies suggest that these mussels are also ideal for those that wish to strengthen their immune systems and have overall better health than what they are currently in. This is because the green lipped mussel is a complete food source, it has all of the vitamins and minerals that you would get out of another source of food, and some. Throughout the years, it has become a highly commercialize product that is used for both food and medical means in many different countries. It comes in several forms, as well.

Forms of Green Lipped Mussel Supplements

One of the first ways that it was sold was in oil form. This oil was rubbed into sore muscles at the time. It can now be purchased in powder form, capsule or tablet that can be taken orally. Each way provides a different benefit for the person. The capsules and tablets are able to help the person reduce pain and inflammation, while the powder can be easier for the person to swallow compared to taking a pill. Digestive health can also be improved with the powder form that is offered.

The history of the green lipped mussel is what is telling us all about the many health benefits that this product has to offer. Not only that, but the natives will continue to stand by what they say when it comes to the health benefits that they get from the feasts that they have containing the green lipped mussel.


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