Serving Size: 2 Softgels... %DV
Green-Lipped Mussel fatty acid extract (Perna canaliculus)... 100 mg †
† Daily value not established
What Is It?
Green Lipped FFA is fatty acid extract from the green lipped-mussel of New Zealand. The extract has a unique array of omega-3 fatty acids and is high in rare omega-3s not found in fish oil extracts: eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) and its precursor stearidonic acid (SDA). Not all green-lipped mussel extracts are fatty acid extracts. AOR's Green Lipped FFA is a fatty acid extract, the most beneficial type of extract according to clinical studies.
What Does It Do?Primary Uses: ETA and SDA are superior to other omega-3s at quenching the fires of inflammation such as in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients, giving more potent anti-inflammatory benefits at significantly lower doses. They act in similar ways to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but by more mechanisms of action and without the negative side effects. It is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.Secondary Uses: One human study found that it provided some relief for bronchial inflammation, and animal studies have suggested that it may be beneficial in premenstrual syndrome.
Who Should Take It?
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients will benefit most from Green Lipped FFA, although it is an excellent alternative to conventional fish oils for anyone supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids.
Take 2 softgels twice daily for the first 2 months, followed by 1 softgel twice daily for the next 4 months. Take with a fat containing meal, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
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