The Green Lipped Musselis grown on ropes suspended from platforms on the surface of the ocean.
Perna canaliculus, the Green Lipped Mussel, is produced commercially in pristine waters off the New Zealand coast
It is a nutritional whole food that possesses an exceptional degree of biological activity. This edible bivalve has been a valuable food source for the native people of New Zealand for centuries. It contains the ocean’s natural mineral balance, similar to that found in the human body.
The average analysis of dried whole Green Lipped Mussel yields:
Protein (as amino acids) 60 – 62 %
Complex Carbohydrates 12 – 13 %
Chondroitin Sulfates 11 – 12 %
Lipids 4 – 5 %
Minerals 5 – 6 %
Perna canaliculus contains complex proteins, polypeptides, naturally chelated minerals, long chain unsaturated fatty acids, enzymes, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), vitamins, nucleic acids, chondroitin sulfates, glycoproteins and polysaccharides.
The edible portion (excluding the shell) is freeze-dried using low temperatures and vacuum to remove the water. This preserves the integrity of the bioactive molecules and ensures the stability of the activity of the many nutrients. Each lot of freeze-dried Perna must pass the strict quality guidelines of the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries. Each batch is analyzed to ensure the absence of pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals.
Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Connective Tissue Repair
Besides the obvious benefits for dogs and horses, preliminary studies have shown Perna to help increase sperm count and motility in breeding stock.
One study on rats, with collagen-induced arthritis, showed anti-inflammatory activity and gastroprotective properties by reducing gastric ulerogenicity caused by NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Another study showed an aqueous fraction of the Green Lipped Mussel also exhibited anti-inflammatory results.
A study using the lipid extract, containing certain polyunsaturated fatty acids, also reduced inflammation in rats with polyarthritis. A study performed at Clemson University revealed that Perna was effective in preventing arthritis in addition to reversing it (in both animals and cell cultures).
The Clemson University study also showed that the mussel acted as an immunomodulating agent, affecting both humoral and cellular immunity. Dr. Lawson demonstrated that an extract decreased the level of antibody production in a B-cell Hybridoma assay in a cell culture model. It also lowered the TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor) level in a cellular-mediated response. Perna also decreased cytokines (IL-1, IL-2, and IL-6) antibody secretion levels.