Green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) originate from the waters that surround New Zealand, and are revered for their nutrient density, as they are rich in minerals, essential amino acids, glycoproteins and also the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – which are known to have a wide range of proven roles in the body.
Many people with osteoarthritis partially rely on non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to help manage symptoms. Research has indicated that green-lipped mussels can work synergistically with NSAIDs to improve symptoms.
Unfortunately, NSAIDs are known to cause irritation to the mucosal lining in the digestive system which can lead to side effects such as heart burn and indigestion, as well as diarrhoea. However, the addition of green-lipped mussels can not only work with NSAIDs to improve treatment, but their anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce gastrointestinal side effects.