Where do Green Lipped Mussels get their Omega-3 fatty acids?

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You’ve likely heard it your entire adult life — “Eat fish or take a supplement, you need the Omega- 3s!”

The statement itself isn’t wrong. It’s more like the icing on the cake. You see, fish and shellfish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. And those Omega-3s can help you in a myriad of ways, from reducing asthma symptoms in kids to fighting metabolic syndrome in adults to much, much more. 

But the marine animals can’t produce Omega-3s on their own. They have to get them from somewhere. And that somewhere is, actually, everywhere — at least when it comes to the ocean. Fish and mussels get their Omega-3s from eating algae.

That’s right — algae, the green strands of living matter that inhabit waters around the planet. Som may think of algae as an unattractive nuisance, but its actually an unsung hero of the seafood world that forms the basis of the entire Omega-3 oil supplement’s effectiveness.

Let’s dive into how algae is consumed and how, down the line, the Omega-3 fatty acids that it produces can help you relieve joint pain and inflammation through a daily supplement.

How do New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels consume algae?

This is the fun part. While fish generally eat smaller fish, consuming whatever that smaller fish has eaten along the way, mussels get their nutrients — including Omega-3 fatty acids — directly from the source. 

Mussels actually us a filtering system to get their nutrients out of the water around them. Using a lure-type trapping system, mussels are able to snatch tiny particles of algae, natural bacterias, and other particles from the ocean without causing a stir, and without being subject to harmful, non-organic particles or germs.

Because Green Lipped Mussels grow only in a specific part of the world — off coastal New Zealand — their diet is consistent and entirely natural.


Do I need to consume algae to get enough Omega-3s?

We know, we cringe too when we see algae in its natural form — it’s certainly not the most attractive plant on the planet. The thought of eating it, even in dried form as you may see in supermarkets, isn’t very appetizing for many people. 

When fish, mussels, and other marine life consume algae, they absorb the DHA and EPA (the foundation of two Omega-3 fatty acids) that the algae contains. This gives them the healing powers of the Omega-3s, and as the mussel or fish ages, it continues to consume more DHA and EPA.

It’s true that other healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, and soybeans contain Omega-3s. But they don’t contain the three varieties needed for a fully healthy and optimized diet. Algae, on the other hand, fills in that gap and ensures that, along with a proper diet and exercise, you’re getting the proper fatty acid regimen to maintain full-body health and fight joint pain and inflammation.


So what’s the difference between fish oil and Green Lipped Mussel Oil, then?

We’re not here to tell you that a fish oil supplement is all bad news, all the time. You are getting Omega-3 fatty acids, after all. But what you’re not getting is a protein-sourced oil raised in the pristine waters of coastal New Zealand, free from outside pollutants and interfernces — both man-made and natural. 

It breaks down like this. Larger fish that cover a lot of ground in the ocean have a much higher chance of being infected with mercury, which in the long term can mean that the fish you are consuming might be doing more harm than good.

Additionally, ocean waters in certain parts of the world are contaminated with microplastics, as well as other hazardous substances that you probably don’t want to put into your body. 

On the other hand, the waters of Seven Mile Beach and elsewhere on New Zealand’s eastern coast are among the cleanest ocean waters on the planet. You can rest easy knowing that with a Green Lipped Mussel Oil supplement, you’re free of mercury, free of contaminants, and free of the harms of farm-raised fish.

As long as the Green Lipped Mussel Oil supplement you choose is all-natural, that is. We’re proud to say that GLX3 contains only three ingredients — mussel oil, along with New Zealand Olive Oil and Vitamin E Oil, both of which offer benefits in themselves. There are no fillers, no additives, and no nonsense.

This brings our “omega-3 supplements as the icing on the cake” argument full circle. Fortunately, with an Omega-3 supplement like GLX3, all you need to take is the icing.

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