Green Lipped Mussel




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 Green Lipped Mussel has been found to have beneficial effects in relieving the pain, inflammation and symptoms associated with:

    Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Sports Related Injuries
    Lyme 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.


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 Green Lipped Mussel is grown on ropes suspended from platforms on the surface of the ocean. The ocean is continuously monitored to ensure that the growing environment is free from pollution and other contaminants. The mussels obtain their nutrients directly from the phytoplankton and minerals contained in the sea water. When the mussels are at their "peak", they are harvested. 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 insure the absence of pathogenic bacteria and heavy metals. 

Anti-inflammatory Effects

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 lipoid 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).

Immunostimulatory Effects

The Clemson University study also showed that the mussel acted as a 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.

Green Lipped Mussel Xtra

The Green Lipped Mussel Xtra formula contains whole Green Lipped Mussel in addition to soy and:

    Glucosamine Sulfate - well documented as reversing Osteoarthritis. It has an anabolic effect on chondrocytes to synthesize GAGs and proteoglycans plus it provides one of the key building blocks to articular cartilage. Our source is from shrimp and crabs.
    Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) -  a stable metabolite of DMSO, reduces pain in the affected joint and aids in collagen synthesis. MSM is found in all cells of the body. Our source is from trees in Oregon and Washington State .
    Manganese - required as a cofactor for the enzyme glycosyltransferase, which is essential for the synthesis of collagen, GAGs and proteoglycans - components of articular cartilage and bone. Our source is an amino acid chelate.

Usage & Precautions

    Green Lipped Mussel - take 6 capsules daily, 2 with each meal. When results are evident, reduce to 3 capsules daily, 1 with each meal.
    Green Lipped Mussel Xtra - take 6 tablets daily, 2 with each meal, for 2 to 4 weeks. Reduce to 1 tablet twice a day with a meal.  

These dietary supplements should not be taken if you have an allergy to shellfish.

There have been no reports of toxicity or adverse reactions to either product. Due to the high protein content, there have been some reported cases of indigestion or slight nausea. This can be avoided by taking these supplements during the meal (instead of before) or with milk. If tenderness in the joints occurs, it is usually a sign that beneficial results will follow as the products continues to "feed" the tissues. This condition is temporary and may last from 3 to 10 days. Continued use is recommended. Pregnant or nursing women should consult a physician before taking these or any other supplements.

This works great on reducing muscle and nerve pain....and it's natural. L. C., Glendale, AZ 

Thanks Bill.  I really love the mussel.  I haven't been able to get up and down on my knees for years!  My hands are working and I feel great! 
Bless you and your wife for supplying such wonderful products. M. P., Del Norte, CO
I love the green lipped mussel capsules!  I was leery, but I work for a vet clinic and one of our food reps gave a luncheon seminar discussing how green lipped mussel is added to their foods to help dogs and cats with arthritis.  I did some research at home and figured I'd give it a try for me!  One bottle and I felt the differences.  I wake up without a backache, and I'm far less painful than prior to taking the supplement.  Good Job! G. R., Elyria, OH

Bill -

The Blue Dragon Green Lipped Mussel is definitely augmenting two other supplements I was already using before I found you on the internet, hoping to forestall strongly advised knee joint replacement surgery.  I was already using the combo of Glucosamine, MSM, and Chondroitin Sulfate - plus MicroLatin  as well as, TriMedica MSM Lotion (15% MSM).

Just as I had hoped, the green lipped mussels are slipping into places nothing else had reached - and I now can go for the warm water arthritis exercises to strengthen both knees against the oncoming years that lie ahead, and without surgery!!!!!!

I had a flu-like reaction to one of the statins last year (when my healthcare folks all acted like Chicken Little when they saw my total cholesterol at 214). This was followed by months of suffering from an old aggravated shoulder injury.  Since I added the green lipped mussel, my trips to the chiropractor are now entering the maintenance phase as well.

I look forward to finding more items I can use, as well as, being able to share your email address as I go about volunteering as a tutor in the county summer reading program; and. at the age of 83, performing my children's verse-stories at the public library, where I am known as the Children's Poet. V. K. C., Starkville, MS


Sure you can use my name, I am 70 Yrs Old and now feel 20 years less old, It took me six months of hobbling around before I found you so I am tell everyone about these little green lipped devils. My wife has really noticed my walking and said "Better order some more before the government outlaws them, or the drug companies find a way to make them theirs and charge $10.00 a capsule". Glenn D. Barbour, Lake Almanor, CA

“Remarkable results! The doctors told me I needed surgery on my knee. I decided to try your mussel product instead. After a 3 or 4 week period I’m running again - 10K! Thanks.” D. L., NYC  

"I first became aware of Green Lipped Mussel when our veterinarian prescribed it for our 10-year old beagle, who had developed an arthritic hip and was limping.  In about a week, he was scampering around like a puppy.   I consider that to be a recommendation as free from placebo-effect as you can get.

However, I still resisted the idea of using it for my own back pain.  (I have to admit that I am VERY skeptical of "alternative" remedies, notwithstanding the fact that I have used glucosamine for a few years now.)  However, my pain got to the point where I had to try something, so I ordered a supply of Green Lipped Mussel in December.  It's now February, and I have a hard time remembering the last time I started or ended my day with pain in my lower back. 

What can I say?  It works for me.  Thanks." H. M. Bethesda, MD


"I feel like crap without my green lipped mussels. Thanks so much for
your prompt attention, and for a good product!" K. W., Washington, VA

Great for your Dog, Cat or Horse too!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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