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What is it?

The New Zealand green-lipped mussel, also known as the Kuku and Kutai, is globally known as a joint superfood. It is a shellfish that is native to New Zealand. Green-lipped Mussels have been eaten by coastal dwelling Maori people for centuries. 

Ancient Maori cooked these tasty shellfish as a Hangi or with hot stones, dried them to preserve them, or ate them raw. So for hundreds of years, Green Lipped Mussels were nothing more than a nutritious, protein-rich delicacy.


Green Lipped Mussels appeared to have impressive anti-inflammatory properties – far stronger than those of other shellfish and other common mussels in other countries. Over the next 40 years, further studies identified many of the nutrients that were confirmed their benefits for joint health.


Like other Kaimoana(seafood), Green-lipped mussel is rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which contains EPA and DHA. In addition, other types of fatty acids are identified by researchers. Green-lipped mussel is also good source of chondroitin sulfate, zinc, iron, selenium and Vitamin B.

Green Lipped Mussel may supports: 

  ·     Treats Arthritis
  ·     Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
  ·     Improves Circulation
  ·     Increases Fertility
  ·     Boosts Immunity
  ·     Skin Care

Which supplement form is effective?

Generally, Green-lipped mussel supplements are found in oil or powder(capsule) form. You cannot simply compare oil form with powder form because they have a different processes.

Powder(capsule) form is freeze-dried Green-lipped mussel. It has better absorption for EPA than oil form. Easy to remove the capsule and can be sprinkled onto your meal. Furthermore, the Powder form has a more affordable price. However, it normally comes with a fishy smell.

Oil extracts are the form that is used for the most of anti-inflammatory studies. It is normally extracted by the CO2 extraction process. Oil extracts has bright orange coloured and has a smaller capsule.


1. GreenPasture Green Mussel 20000 120Softgels

Export quality! GreenPasture Green Mussel 20000 uses 20,000mg of New Zealand Green-lipped mussel oil extract for their finest quality. Krill&Avocado oil gives better absorption. This product was developed for export and introduced in New Zealand recently.

2. Parmahealth Lyprinol

Lyprinol has a great reputation in both New Zealand and overseas markets. It contains 6,250mg of Green-lipped mussel oil extracts. 365Health provides 200 Softgel versions at a more affordable price for our customers.

3. Go Healthy Mussel 19,000

Go Healthy Mussel 19,000mg is powder capsule form. It has high-quality New Zealand Green-lipped mussels in powder capsule form at an affordable price. Go Healthy mussel 19,000mg kept its throne over the last 3years in the powder capsule category.


Is it safe?

In general, YES, Green Lipped Mussel is safe.

However, there are some side effects you may care about. If you pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need to avoid these supplements. There is some evidence of complications during pregnancy when this high concentration of minerals and compounds are added to the diet. 

It is not recommended for people who have an allergy to shellfish as well.

Can I give Green-lipped mussel supplement to my dog?

It seems generally safe to give Green-lipped mussel supplements to dogs. Some of the supplements are packaged for your pet and we found that the ingredients are exactly the same. A Green-lipped mussel!

However, we always say 'Safety first'. If your pet feels any side effects, stop giving supplements and consult with professionals, just like humans!

General Precautions

  • Not recommended for people with an allergy to shellfish or seafood. Please consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions
  • Keep out of the reach of children


References: Green Lipped Mussel – from traditional Maori food to researched joint relief / NZ's green lipped mussels again hailed as 'superfood' / 7 Wonderful Benefits Of Lipped Mussel / Omega-3 Supplement Guide: What to Buy and Why




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