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What Can We Learn When We Study The Amazing Green Lipped Muscles

Updated on June 17, 2014

Green lipped mussels are also known as green shell mussels. They are most commonly found in New Zealand. Its scientific name is perna canaliculus (P. canaliculus). There are, however, two species of green shelled mussels: one is the perna canaliculus as previously mentioned, and the other is the perna viridis (P. viridis), which can be found mostly in some Asian countries like Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Almost all green lipped mussel studies to date have focused on the perna canaliculus species. This may be somewhat due to the historical fact that New Zealand natives who mainly had shellfish as part of their regular diet never had arthritis. As mentioned in many different green lipped mussel studies, they are quite the natural anti-inflammatory.

The New Zealand green shell mussels are dark brown to green in color, and the outer rim or edge of the shell is green. This is why it is commonly known as “green lipped mussels”. They are also known to be one of the largest in their species, growing up to 240 mm. Since they are mostly found in the waters of New Zealand, we can pretty much guess that these mussels are one of their prime local and exported products.

It is safe to say that it is the main feature of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry. In fact, it is so important that the industry dealing with these green lipped mussels, in harvesting and processing, go through the most scrupulous stages of testing and monitoring to make sure that they are following the guidelines set by the U.S FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the European Union, and their very own New Zealand Food and Safety Authority.

According to leading green lipped mussel studies, these shellfish are rich in the most unique combination of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, not found in any other known plant or animal. There are probably not a lot of people who can appreciate that fact. This is mostly because we do not know what Omega 3 fatty acids are, and what they can do for us. Just to give an idea of what Omega 3 Fatty acids are, let me list down a few of its benefits:

  • · Improves cardiovascular health
  • · Improves brain function and enhances memory
  • · It lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol level
  • · Helps keep blood sugar at a normal level
  • · Improves skin and treats disorders such as psoriasis and eczema
  • · Helps alleviate mood disorders
  • · Improves muscle recovery
  • · Reduces inflammation

Knowing that these are just some of what Omega 3 Fatty Acids can do for our health, we can now recognize the value of what green lipped mussels have to offer. Since green lipped mussels contain the most Omega 3 Fatty Acids, we can assert the fact that all these health benefits mentioned above can also be attributed to eating green lipped mussels, fresh or in powder form.

Reading up on green lipped mussel studies can really help us know more about these amazing shellfish, and how we can benefit from them. Since word got out that this particular kind of mussel has so much to offer, aside from being fabulous hors d’oeuvre, many different studies have been conducted to find further advantages and how we can benefit from them. Now, with an ever increasing demand worldwide, I’m guessing we’re going to be reading about these miracle shellfish even more.

Mel Crosby owns a series of websites in the Health genre and his present site Green Lipped Mussel is a shell fish that is only found on the coast of New Zealand. The benefits of this Mussel are amazing, learn about more these benefits at Green Lipped Mussel studies to find one of the Best products in the market.

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      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      What the heck is a Mussel? I've never seen these anywhere and they look like clams I guess from looking at the video.

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