Most of the top rated joint supplements are those made from green lipped mussels (GLM). But even among them, there are some that are better than others. To find out which is which, read on.

What makes a joint supplement effective?

The answer is in the core ingredient. And in this area, a supplement made from green lipped mussel takes the prize. GLM is a type of shellfish abundant in New Zealand waters. It is rich in complex carbohydrates, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and various minerals and vitamins that not only promote joint and bone health, but also offer various other nutritional advantages.

Green lipped mussel or Perna canaliculus are rich in glycosaminoglycans which are complex carbohydrates that have the ability to repair joint tissue damage. It is also purported to have the power to inhibit the production of leukotrienes which have been implicated in the inflammatory process.

Additional benefits

Aside from their efficacy in decreasing inflammation and relieving joint pains, top rated joint supplements made from GLM also offer additional benefits such as healthier skin, stronger bones and teeth, stronger immune system, healthy circulatory system and a host of other things that only green lipped mussel can provide in just one package.

Does this mean that all supplements containing green lipped mussels offer all these benefits? Hardly. The difference is in the processing. Some GLM supplements are manufactured using processes that inevitably result in the loss of certain nutrients, theby lowering the nutritional value of the end product.

Which processes erode nutritional value?

Those products that were made using high levels of heat and those that underwent freezing are the more likely to have lost most of the potency that raw mussels can offer. So, for you consumers out there, the best option is to find top rated joint supplements made from GLM that were prepared without deep-freezing or cooking. That's it? Again, severely.

You also need to consider the length of time it took before the raw shellfish ended up as a powder, pill or oil supplement. The shorter the time, the better. You see, supplements that were manufactured in, say, 30 minutes, were exposed to the outside environment less, which improves the chances of maintaining the nutritional value of the shellfish. Furthermore, the faster these mussels are converted into supplement, the more consumers are assured that the freshness of the mussels was locked into the final product.

There may be some GLM products claiming to be among the top rated joint supplements, but as a consumer, it is your responsibility to find out whether their claims are true or not.