For many hundreds of years, the native coastal Maori population of New Zealand has consumed raw New Zealand green lipped mussels as a primary part of their diet.
They would harvest the mussels growing naturally on the seashores and would eat them raw. Even though they saw the mussel as an important part of their diet, they did not realise the incredible health benefits they were gaining.
In its natural state the mussel thrives in coastal areas where there is a constant flow of ocean current. The mussel acts as a kind of filtration system extracting nutrients from the fresh sea. Consequently the green lipped mussel possesses a profile of Omega-3 essential fatty acids which are unique to its species. The presence of this rich source of essential fatty acids provides the mussel with potent activity.Early study results to harness the health and anti-inflammatory benefits of the mussels were erratic and no consistent results could be determined. Naturally the sceptics were quick to slander the anti-inflammatory potential of the mussels. What the early researchers failed to realise was that the coastal Maoris ate the mussels fresh from the ocean and any other processing procedure like extreme heat, freeze drying and refrigeration without a stabilisation or anti-oxygenation process would promote oxidation of the active components, therefore dramatically lessening the mussel’s potency.
Following fifteen years of international scientific research by independent scientists, the goal of identifying the principal components responsible for the health benefits, and then stabilising these active ingredients was achieved. A patent was granted for the stabilisation of the mussel powder and also for the extraction process for PCSO-524®. The compounds were patented and trademarked, PCSO-524™ which is then formulated in to the product Lyprinol®. It is now the only green lipped mussel product in the world that has the rights to the health benefits of this oil.
Lyprinol® is derived from a food source and is the first effective naturally occuring lipoxygenase pathway inhibitor which is safe for human consumption.