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Author: doctor Eric Madrid

(A note of CAUTION. Avoid eating the green-lipped mussel, if you are allergic to shellfish)

In this article:

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • The syndrome of attention deficit and hyperactivity

Green (green lipped) mussels, also known as new Zealand mussels (Perna canaliculus), is a common type of shellfish that is indigenous new Zealanders Maori was mined and used for medical purposes for hundreds of years. Maori living near the coast, the symptoms of arthritis are observed less frequently than Maori and Europeans living in the Central part of the country, it is considered that this is largely due to the green mussels.

Mechanism of action

The active ingredient in the green mussels are furan fatty acids (F-acids). It is a natural, but rare and very powerful antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory and other useful properties of green mussels can be partly explained by the presence of F-acids (fatty acids contained in the algae). (The other active component of green mussel — lyprinol extract lipids whose properties are similar to properties of other polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, which can also help).

Furan fatty acids are fatty acids omega-3, similar to those found in fish oil. They are inhibitors of 5′-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase ways. On the effects of a furan acid similar anti-inflammatory drugs but have no side effects. Blocked biochemical path leads to the production of leukotrienes and prostaglandins — substances that cause inflammation.

Supporters of the scientific approach becomes clear why green-lipped mussels can be a useful tool for the treatment of asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Green-lipped mussels also have a beneficial impact on the microbiome of the intestine.

Green lipped mussel is a prebiotic

Prebiotics have many useful properties. Probiotics is a functional food or Supplement consumed by beneficial intestinal bacteria, which help to optimize intestinal microbiome. According to research, green lipped mussels serve as a nutrient for beneficial intestinal bacteria: eating this substance, the beneficial bacteria produce short chain fatty acids (or volatile fatty acids, volatile fatty acids) — ingredients that have a beneficial effect on many organs and systems of the body. This improvement helps the body to achieve balance (or homeostasis), allowing the body to function optimally and reduce systemic inflammation.

Bronchial asthma

Bronchial asthma is a reversible inflammatory disease of the lungs that occurs when the muscles surrounding lung tissue, compressed. During an asthma attack difficulty breathing.

Worldwide suffer from asthma and 300 million people die each year from this disease almost 250,000 people. During an asthma attack are experiencing symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Along with respiratory tract infections attack can cause triggers such as Allergy to pollen or Pets. Obesity, defined with body mass index of 30 or above, doubles the risk of developing asthma.

There is also a type of asthma called “asthma of physical exertion”. Such asthma occurs during physical activity. To breathe normally, patients with this form of asthma often need medication before or during exercise. There are natural approaches to the treatment of asthma, and the use of the green mussel is one such approach that some find useful.

According to the 2002 study, green-lipped mussels can be effective in reducing asthma symptoms. Also, a 2013 study confirmed the efficacy of green mussel to reduce wheezing and shortness of breath, which reduced the need for patients in the emergency use of inhalers. If you are taking medication, before stopping medication consult with your doctor.


Osteoarthritis usually occurs as a result of General “wear and tear” of the joints. This is due to the destruction of the cartilage that acts as a cushion covering the bone. Early signs of osteoarthritis may first appear around the age of 40 years and progress with aging. Joints can be loose, but seldom swollen.

Joint injuries obtained at any age, can also lead to osteoarthritis in the affected joint. When my son Joshua was in the sixth grade, he broke his elbow playing basketball. He was operated on and gathered elbow on the needle to straighten the bone in place. At the age of 19 years, he developed osteoarthritis of the elbow joint in a mild form. This often happens with those who have ever had injuries to the joints. Pain and stiffness in the joint are amplified in cold weather.

The study of 2000 demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity of green mussel arthritis patients and overall safety of green mussels in comparison to NSAIDs.

In the 2008 study, scientists compared the extract from green mussel lyprinol with naproxen and olive oil. For example, rodents with arthritis researchers showed that an extract from green-lipped mussel reduces inflammation better. A 2012 study in which at 12 weeks was involved 80 patients with osteoarthritis, found no significant reduction associated with arthritis pain on a standardized pain scale, but the researchers noted that consumed the green-lipped mussels, the subjects took less acetaminophen (paracetamol), from which we can conclude that the pain they have decreased slightly. A study of 2018 also showed the advantage of green-lipped mussel associated with pain reduction in osteoarthritis. I also faced reports that green-lipped mussels give a dog with arthritis. It was reported the beneficial effect of this anti-inflammatory drugs on the health of the dogs. Apparently, natural anti-inflammatories can benefit both people and the elderly pet.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the result of an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints. This leads to the destruction of cartilage and can occur at any age. There is even a form of the disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (still’s disease), which occurs in children. It develops within a few weeks or months, beginning with morning stiffness, which usually persists for more than an hour. Many patients simultaneously suffer from arthritis associated with intestinal problems and, in General, may experience fatigue and weakness.

Given the anti-inflammatory properties of green-lipped mussel, the authors of the studies suggested that supplements based on green-lipped mussel can help to reduce inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In the case study in 2000 reported a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, which helped supplementation with green mussels, and a 2007 study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that green mussels can be a useful addition to the diet of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. To date, the number of studies is limited and inconclusive about the benefits of green mussels is not possible. More research is needed. Signs of harmful effects do not exist.

Muscle pain

Muscle aches are a common symptom among those who are involved in sports, exercise and physical labor. Often people have to take anti-inflammatory drugs or even muscle relaxants. However, the side effects of these drugs (discomfort in the stomach, peptic ulcer, drowsiness, etc.) limit their use. Many people prefer natural alternatives.

For muscle spasms I use magnesium. And according to a study by 2015, with muscle pain effective and green-lipped mussels. The study showed 2013, muscle pain in runners who received a Supplement with green mussels, was less compared to the runners that such supplements are not taken. If you are physically active, this Supplement will be useful.


The syndrome of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder affecting children, teenagers and even adults. Currently, for the treatment of this syndrome is mainly used behavioral therapy, change of diet and when this is insufficient, medicines on prescription. Many parents are concerned about drug therapy, as prescribed for their children drugs often belong to the category of stimulants. These drugs have side effects, they can increase blood pressure, reduce appetite and sometimes to have an adverse impact on the character of the patient.

Often people strive to find natural methods which would be more effective than drug therapy. The authors of the studies noted that patients with ADHD the level of essential fatty acids in the blood were reduced. It is therefore recommended that therapy such acids.

In a study of 2017 attended by 144 children. Half of the subjects were given a patented product based on green mussels, and the other half of participants took a placebo. The children were followed for 14 weeks. Based on these results the researchers concluded that green-lipped mussels can be effective in reducing hyperactivity and inattention in children with ADHD. This result is consistent with the results of other studies, including studies with meta-analysis, confirming the thesis about the efficiency of essential fatty acids in the treatment of symptoms of ADHD. This Supplement is often recommended, given its General safety profile.


Appears to be additive in General is safe. While researching this article, I met only one reference to a clinical case: while taking green-lipped mussel from a 79 year old woman had abdominal pain and increased levels of liver enzymes. However, a causal relationship could not be proven. The patient recovered without complications. It should also be noted that persons with allergies to shellfish this Supplement should not be accepted.

Taking supplements

If you are going to go to New Zealand, it is unlikely you will be able to find green lipped mussel menu, a local fish restaurant. Therefore, a great solution would be the use of green mussels as a food additive. The recommended dosage is 500-1500 mg one to two times daily, or as indicated on the label.


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  • The author of this article — doctor Eric Madrid, a member of the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine, certified American Board of family medicine and the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine. He is the author of “the purpose of the vitamin D, the healing energy of the sun.” Eric Madrid graduated from medical school at Ohio State University. He is a partner of Rancho Family Medical Group and is accepting patients in Menifee, California. More information about Dr. Madrid here.


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