GREEN LIPPED MUSSEL POWDER BUYERS' GUIDE
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Green Lipped Mussels - A New Zealand Superfood
There’s an old New Zealand native proverb that says,
“An active soul is a healthy soul.”
It seems the native Maori people had discovered their own
source of health and mobility, and found it
in the green lipped mussels located only in
waters of the New Zealand coast.
New Zealand has been harnessing the benefits of green lipped mussels for years, with our ancestors supported the health of their
joints by eating a diet rich in green lipped
mussels and other seafood, allowing for
better mobility well into their later years.
It’s something we all want, but few of
us look to food as being a great source
of health and vitality these days, which
is unfortunate when such powerful age
defying foods are available.
Harvested mussels grown naturally on the
seashores were often eaten raw, providing greater nutritional benefits. This led researchers
to begin exploring the benefits of green lipped
mussels, and what they
discovered was pretty remarkable.
Green Lipped Mussels Offer Big Benefits
Since the early 1970s when the first green lipped
mussel product hit the market,
studies have shown that the distinctive
ocean mussel can not only help support
the body’s ability to manage joint pain,
but it also supports joint mobility as well
as healthy inflammation management.
More About Green Lipped Mussels Key Nutrients
While inflammation is a normal process
that is one of our body’s most amazing lifesaving
features, the process can go awry,
triggering an inflammatory response when
there is no threat or when the process of
inflammation doesn’t return the damaged
area to a normal healthy state, known
as homeostasis. This is called chronic
inflammation, which has been linked
to a host of health problems including
To that end, the two key nutrients
in green lipped mussel powder –
glycosaminoglycans and omega-3 fatty
acids – could go a long way in helping
to support the body’s ability to defy the
aging process. About one in five American
adults suffer from some form of joint health
issues, and it seriously impacts their quality
of life. For these people,
getting dressed, climbing stairs and
performing everyday household chores
become an exercise in pain and frustration.
Ingredients From The Sea
The two key ingredients in green lipped mussels explain why the Maori people were
able to defy aging and live a long, active life.
or GAGs for short, are necessary
for brain, cartilage and tissue
development, and play a vital role in
the health and maintenance of cartilage
and tendons, skin and connective
tissue. Some glycosaminoglycans
– which are also known as
mucopolysaccharides, or MPS - help
ensure that tissues retain moisture so
they function as they should.
As we age, we lose glycosaminoglycans
– which include chondroitin sulfate
(a familiar nutrient used to treat
osteoarthritis naturally) and keratin
sulfate, the two most closely associated
with cartilage - so cartilage becomes drier, thinner and less effective as a
cushion between bones.
The loss of other glycosaminoglycans,
including dermatan sulfate and
hyaluronate, cause skin to also show
signs of aging as connective tissues
which include collagen and elastin
While we probably didn’t hear much
about glycosaminoglycans in biology
class, these molecules are very
important to our overall health and
well-being, and are often called “the
glue of life,” due to the big role they
play in the aging process.
Omega-3 fatty acids
There are so many reasons to love
the benefits of omega-3s, such as
supporting heart health, brain function
and emotional wellness, however
supporting joint health makes the
omega-3s in green lipped mussel
powder a huge asset.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown
in studies to help support healthy
inflammation management, which
can ease discomfort and support joint
Research has shown that the fatty acids
in omega-3s – DHA and EPA - may
inhibit the proteins that contribute
to stiff joints while replenishing the moisture in cartilage, effectively easing
discomfort while resisting the
progression of the disease.
Green lipped mussels also contain
lipids that help maintain the structure
of cell membranes as well as proteins
that inhibit the enzymes that cause joint
cartilage to break down, adding two
more layers of joint support.
For the Maori, remaining active as they
aged was normal, and research has
that green lipped mussels were an
important reason for this.
So what does that mean for us?
Green Lipped Mussel Supplements: An Overview
The first green lipped mussel powder
found its way to market in 1973, and
companies have been working on
advancements ever since. If you’re
suffering from joint discomfort, you’re
probably wondering if one of those
supplements can give you the joint
support you need.
But results absolutely depend on how those
supplements are processed and the care
the manufacturer takes to retain the
mussel’s nutritional properties and benefits.
The Maori benefited from green lipped
mussels because they often consumed the
entire mussel raw.
By doing so, their bodies were able to
absorb all the nutrients found in the
mussel, including essential omega-3 fatty
acids and proteins. Like many food items,
green lipped mussels lose their nutritional
value quickly, and both freezing and
cooking can diminish the health benefits
by changing the structure of the mussel
and destroying key components.
If the green lipped mussel product you’re
researching is processed incorrectly, you
won’t receive all the benefits the mussel
has to offer, and the product has missed
How To Choose The Best Product
Our mission at Xtend-Life has always been
to help our customers live longer, healthier
lives, and we’re committed to providing
high-quality products that do
just that, such as our Green Lipped Mussel
It is one of the Xtend-Life products that
focuses on locally sourced ingredients.
We use green lipped mussels native
only to New Zealand for our powdered
supplement. For other products, we use
kiwifruit grown in New Zealand, Manuka
honey harvested in New Zealand and Hoki
fish caught off our country’s coast.
We source our bulk green lipped mussel
powder from Aroma NZ, a family-owned company based in Christchurch that was
established in 1961. Because Aroma
focuses on providing the best possible
product using the latest technologies, the
business’s goals align with our own. They
have established a solid reputation based
on the use of quality green lipped mussels
and scientific studies that back their
It’s a good partnership, especially since
their forays into the latest in technology
allow us to bring you the best possible
green lipped mussel powder, a product
we’re proud to sell because it offers real
benefits, backed by both science and
What Makes Xtend-Life's GLM Powder Superior?
Aroma has been at the forefront of green lipped mussel powder research, and with its
GlycOmega-Plus proprietary blend, it has taken its previous product to the next level.
This new generation of green lipped mussel powder is one that helps support healthy
inflammation management because it is as close to the natural product as possible.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Green Lipped Mussels are packed with lipids and omega-3
fatty acids that are retained throughout the processing.
The mussels are freeze-dried at temperatures that are low
enough to retain the benefits of the mussel meat, so taking
the supplement gives you the same benefit the Maori
people experienced when eating fresh raw mussels direct
from the ocean.
If the mussels were to be cooked and ground – as some
manufacturers do when producing green lipped mussel
powder - many of the nutrients would break down, and
you’d be taking a product that offered little real benefit.
Which includes opening mussels by hand rather than using steam - is expensive, but it
results in a superior product in the end. Mussels are harvested at their peak, when the
most nutrients are present in the flesh, and are combined with a plant-based antioxidant
to amplify the beneficial effects and act as a chemical-free stabilizer.
Mussels are harvested at their peak, when
the most nutrients are present in the flesh,
and are combined with a plant-based
antioxidant to amplify the beneficial effects
and act as a chemical-free stabilizer.
Aroma also processes its harvest quickly,
since the more time it takes from harvest
to finished product, the more likely the
mussel will oxidize – like the flesh of an apple when exposed to air – diminishing
Each new batch of green lipped mussel
powder undergoes testing at the University
of Otago Wellington School of Medicine,
where researchers specifically focus on the
chondroitin sulfates that can help support
joint and connective tissue functions,
easing the discomfort and
supporting the mobility of joints.
Study Reveals Glycomega-Plus Benefits
Regular testing ensures product
consistency, which is important for
those who take the product on a regular
basis, and rely on its effectiveness. To
demonstrate this, Aroma commissioned
a study by the University of Queensland
which found that Aroma’s GlycOmegaPLUS
green lipped mussel powder eased
joint discomfort in 59 percent of those
taking the supplement.
Aroma has the largest freeze-drying plant
in the southern hemisphere, and uses eight
freeze-driers -manufactured by Cuddon
Freeze Drying Technology, a family-owned
business also located in New Zealand - to
tackle the mussels harvested from EU/
US FDA approved growing areas in the
pristine waters of the Marlborough Sound,
located at the top of New Zealand’s South
“A key contributor to the results was the quality and purity of the stabilized
mussel from Aroma NZ and the extract’s preservation of therapeutic activity,”
- Luis Vitetta and Samantha Coulson, the primary clinical investigators for the project.
Mussels are inspected for quality prior to
harvesting, ensuring that the live mussels brought to Aroma’s plant have the highest
levels of the mollusk’s beneficial properties.
Aroma retains those levels by freeze-drying the mussels at a controlled low
temperature, a process that retains the
integrity of the mussel, keeping the
beneficial properties at high levels.
Aroma’s proprietary blend is then stabilized
with a unique antioxidant – not a chemical
preservative that can have a negative
impact on your body.
GLM Benefits Beyond Healthy Joints
Because so many of the nutrients in the green lipped mussel are retained during the
world-leading freeze-drying process used by Aroma – including a range of amino acids -
Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder offers benefits beyond improved joint comfort
Skin, hair and nails
The omega-3s in green lipped mussels
can provide benefits both inside and
out, and can support the health and
appearance of skin, hair and nails. Two
key glycosaminoglycans - dermatan
sulfate and hyaluronate – can also
significantly reduce the visible signs of
aging by helping collagen and elastin
stay healthy and pliable.
A healthy immune system means
everything, and green lipped mussel
powder may help support the body’s
ability to fight both viral and bacterial
infections, as well as improving the
production of antibodies, supporting
wound healing. And because it
supports healthy inflammation
management, it has the potential to
help manage healthy bacteria in the
gut, where 80 percent of the immune
Essential omega-3 fatty acids, proteins
and carbohydrates in green lipped
mussels contribute to the body’s
total daily nutritional requirements,
improving overall health, boosting
endurance and energy levels and filling
in gaps that may exist in
even the healthiest of diets.
Bones and teeth
the health of
tissue, there is less
pressure on both
teeth and bones,
so they have the
support they need
to stay strong.
When nerve cells function better thanks
to the lubrication provided by omega-3s, organs work better, muscles repair
themselves more quickly and tissue
regenerates at a faster rate.
Those omega-3s also help benefit the
circulatory system, supporting blood
flow to and from the heart and
supporting the health of arterial walls.
A 2013 study from Canadian researchers
found that green lipped mussel
supplements contributed significantly
to the well-being of dogs with joint
discomfort, improving both pain
and mobility during the two-month
controlled testing period. “This shows
the efficacy of a GLM-enriched diet,
which should definitely be proposed as
an adjunctive treatment to conventional
medication,” researchers said.
Green lipped mussel powder has also
been shown to support recovery from
sports related injuries, help relieve the
discomfort of bursitis and menstrual
With Xtend-Life Green Lipped Mussel
Powder you get the same benefits as of
consuming the raw mussels, without having
to plan an excursion to the coast of New
Zealand to harvest them yourself.
With Xtend-Life, the Green Lipped Mussel
Powder you purchase at any time will
always be of the same high quality,
due to our rigorous standards and testing.
According to a 2011 study from the
University of Queensland in Australia,
during a 12-week period, subjects using
Aroma’s GlycOmega PLUS green lipped
mussel extract to support joint health
found themselves using less over-the counter
pain medication than before. This
is exactly the same premium quality green lipped
mussel powder used by Xtend-Life.
The research appearing in the journal
Inflammopharmacology found that the
green lipped mussel powder performed
better – and according to study author
and researcher Samantha Coulson worked
quicker - than glucosamine supplements
when it came to both
discomfort and stiffness.
The excellent results from this latest
independent trial show that our green lipped
mussel powder worked more
rapidly and provided faster relief than
glucosamine for the people who took
part,” said Winters. “The study proved that
Aroma NZ’s GlycOmega PLUS significantly
helped reduce joint discomfort and
increased joint mobility in patients and confirmed that our green lipped mussel
ingredient definitely contains significant
properties to support healthy inflammation
The study also found that the freeze-dried
green lipped mussel powder helped
reduce the presence of a certain bacteria
that promotes chronic inflammation,
adding another layer of support.
“Back-to-back successful clinical studies on
our green lipped mussel extract have now
confirmed its efficacy, providing strong
evidence of how it could help the millions
of people globally who suffer with joint
immobility and stiffness every day of their
life,” Winters said.
Oil Vs Powder
If you’ve decided that green lipped
mussel is right for you – it’s a natural way
to support joint health and function – you
probably have some questions about
the differences between powder and oil.
While each offers clinically-proven results,
When oil is extracted from the mussel,
much of the nutrient-dense meat is left
behind. The oil contains omega-3 fatty
acids but it is missing some key
nutrients that make our Xtend-Life freeze-dried
powder a superior product.
Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder
is recommended because the product
is sourced from pristine waters using
sustainable farming practices and the quick
and effective method of freeze drying
retains the benefits found in a raw mussel.
If You're Wondering What's In Xtend-Life's Green Lipped Mussel Powder, This Is It:
- 60%-62% Protein (in form of essential amino acids)
- 12%-13% Complex carbohydrates
- 11%-12% Chondroitin sulfates (which target joint health)
- 4%-5% Lipids
- 5%-6% Minerals
Xtend-Life recommends 2400 milligrams per day for optimum results.
Among these nutrients are omega-3 fatty acids, enzymes that help break
down the food we eat into nutrients we can use and vitamins including
antioxidants to fight free radicals and oxidation.
Benefits of Xtend-Life Green Lipped Mussel Powder
Green lipped mussel powder has been
called a 'miracle food' because it is one of
the most complete foods available,
offering a host of nutrients as well as
mineral salts that are similar to the
electrolytes found in human blood cells.
As a raw mollusk, green lipped mussels help with tissue formation and the balance of body fluids, both of which play a role in supporting joint health.
And while there are plenty of versions on
the market, our customers at Xtend-Life
have come to expect the best from us, and
that’s what we deliver.
Our Green Lipped Mussel Powder is as
close to that raw, natural state as possible,
because we know that nothing beats the
real thing when it comes to nutrients.
Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder
is produced using the very best green lipped
mussels harvested in the pristine
and pure Marlborough Sound in the South
Island of New Zealand. This region is a
haven for mussel growers as the waters
flowing in and around the Sound ensures
that young mussels grow and develop into
healthy mature adults.
With the ever increasing global demand
for seafood and shellfish - especially
green lipped mussels – wild fisheries
cannot cope with the volume and instead
of pillaging Mother Nature’s seafood
stock to the point of total depletion,
commercial growers (also called aquaculture) quickly became the industry's answer to sustainable mussel stocks.
These mussel farms have proved to be so
successful in green lipped mussel
sustainability that since 2002, this portion
of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry has
achieved huge growth.
Xtend-Life fully supports the Marlborough
Sound sustainability effort. As with all of
our products, we will always source our raw
materials from eco-friendly suppliers who
are as passionate about delivering a quality
product as we are, whilst ensuring that
future generations can enjoy the ocean’s
bounty just as much as we can today.
A Word From Warren
“I hope that you have found the information in this guide to be helpful. We are
truly proud of the quality of our Green Lipped Mussel Powder and as a whole
food it complements not only our Omega 3 /DHA Fish Oil products, but also
our other sophisticated supplements such as Total Balance and Not Just Joints". For those readers who would really like to get down to the ‘nitty-gritty’ of
this product, there is more interesting material in the following sections.
In good health,
Warren J Matthews
Chairman of Xtend-Life
2. More About Mucopolysaccharides
3. Pristine Waters = Perfect Mussel Powder
In order to benefit from the vast number of
health factors associated with green lipped
mussels, you need to choose the green lipped
mussel powder that has retained
a high proportion of natural
mucopolysaccharides (commonly referred
to as MPS) during the manufacturing
process. MPS are a unique group of
complex carbohydrates which play a
significant role in human metabolism,
growth and health.
Having been accredited through
folklore for many decades, MPS finally
became known to scientists and health
professionals during the 1970s. Dr Orville
H. Miller, Professor of Pharmaceutical
Chemistry at the University of Southern
California, first identified the essential factors of a number of natural medicines in his personal research.
Dr. Miller’s research approached the potential health-improving properties of the green lipped mussel from an historic nutritional view, relating the observed effects of similar nutrients in the library of world knowledge with the recorded and verbal folklore of natural medicines as viewed by modern scientific research. A lifelong student of folk remedies, he traveled across the world, analyzing samples of snakes, iguanas and mussels to determine their reputed health-giving elements. Dr. Miller found the beneficial properties in the carbohydrate – or mucopolysaccharide (glycosaminoglycans) – content of these foods.
Because of their structure and ionic
charge, MPS are crucial in the integrity of
the body at a cellular level – particularly in
organs, loose connective tissue and joints.
It is because of this that MPS have been
described as ‘The Glue of Life’.
The best mussel powder for you is one
which contains a high percentage of MPS
as well as every other beneficial organic
component of the green lipped mussel. In
an industry where there are many products – some good, some bad and some
downright unacceptable in terms of health,
nutrition and even safety – choosing the
best green lipped mussel powder can be
In addition to being exceptionally pure and
fresh, Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel
Powder is also 100% natural and has been
produced without using any cooking or
More About Mucopolysaccharides
Green lipped mussel powders have been
widely acknowledged as nutritional gems,
containing a myriad of proteins, omega-3
fatty acids and complex carbohydrates.
However, the past four decades have
revealed one key component found
exclusively in high concentration within the
flesh of raw green lipped mussels.
In addition to an array of other important
functions, MPS help modulate the bioexchange
of the inter-cellular matrix
(the millions of gel-like spaces that hold
the body’s water composition) where
oxygen and nutrients are transferred
to the individual cells, as well as where
metabolites (organic cellular waste) are
MPS are like the nails in a house, the rivets
in a ship’s hull and the fibers in clothing –
small in proportion to the whole but
necessary to hold the structure together.
In your body, they are the unsung heroes
which enable you to perform various daily
functions (both voluntary and involuntary)
that can easily be taken for granted.
Unfortunately, the amount of MPS in our
bodies decreases as we age. We’re not
talking about the commonly perceived
years associated with aging. For example,
after your first ten years, you would have
already lost over 90% of the MPS in your
body. The fact that human tissues
are so high in MPS during the young
developmental years strongly supports
that they are an integral factor in the
growth process and overall wellbeing.
Pristine Waters = Perfect Mussel Powder
In order to determine
the quality of a fresh
many biologists simply
look at the local frog
population. A thriving
number of frogs will
more often than
not mean that the
they live is free from
contaminants and pollutants. The marine eco-system has its
own environmental indicator – the mussel.
Located at the northern tip of New
Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough
Sound is a coastal area reputed to be one
of the purest in the world. Green lipped
mussels are harvested in these waters
throughout the year and their unrivaled
level of purity results in nothing but the
very best mussel powder on earth.