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We know how it goes. You’re at the vitamin store, perusing the aisles and trying to find a supplement to combat joint pain and inflammation. There are so many — but the most frustrating part is that once you’ve finally narrowed your choices down to two or three, you look closely at the ingredients only find a list that looks like a short novel. 

Nobody wants to put harmful compounds into their body, especially when all you’re trying to do is counteract a source of pain or discomfort. Why should you have to add synthetic ingredients that are likely to cause other problems, just to solve this one?

Here at GLX3, we get a lot of questions about how we’re able to use only all-natural ingredients to create such an effective supplement for joint pain and inflammation. So we did what any honest, responsible company would do — we looked into our production process and gathered information from every step of the way.

Here in this article we’ve distilled that process down into digestible bits, with info taken directly from the mouths of the growers we work with.

Our mussels are sourced from the world’s best growing environment

Ask any farmer or rancher what the key ingredient to a successful harvest is and they will tell you that it starts with a pristine environment. No one wants to buy a product — be it food, an ointment, or otherwise — that was knowingly raised in toxic surroundings. 

It’s not only a rising trend to care about where your products are sourced, but it’s also good for both your body and the environment. The most respectable brands know that their customers can tell when they’re being conned. This is why it’s a natural reaction to laugh when you see that McDonald’s is sponsoring the Olympics or that Monsanto has a grant foundation to help organic farmers learn how to save seed. 

There’s no substitute for fresh, and we believe in sourcing the best mussels because that ensures the best mussel oil. We work with a 4th generation family farm in the Marlborough Sounds off the coast of New Zealand. “The pristine water of the Marlborough Sounds provides an ideal environment for raising Greenshell mussels,” they said via a release. “Shellfish health and seawater purity are rigorously monitored by the Marlborough Shellfish Quality Programme (MSQP), which is considered the most robust in the world.”

The harvest process allows for natural development of the mussels

For an optimal supplement that provides maximum impact against arthritis, the mussels need to grow to be 100 mm long. This takes between 15 and 24 months underwater and starts with collecting spat (the seed mussel) from 90 Mile Beach in New Zealand. 

The spat are then hung on spat ropes until they reach the point where they can be properly dropped into the ocean on a production rope. From there, they are nurtured and allowed to develop in their natural habitat until it’s time to harvest.

Our farms make a point to collect about 6,000 shellfish samples per year to ensure that nothing has gone awry during the production process. ”The programme operates 365 days a year,” “Each year the testing officers collect and test around 6000 water and shellfish samples.”

The location, on New Zealand’s eastern coast, serves two purposes. First, it’s the natural environment of the Green Lipped Mussel and they only place that they grow — so it wouldn’t make sense to take them anywhere else.

Second, the waters there are among the most pristine ocean waters anywhere on the planet. There is little worry of Mercury pollution poisoning the water, or of trash and other toxins infiltrating the region. The area is clean and allows the mussels to organically develop in a healthy manner.

Production and capsule process is safe and sustainable

After harvest, the mussels are extracted from their shells and undergo the production process. This takes place in a sanitized, safe facility on the island that is closely monitored to ensure we get the best supplement possible!

And, The New Zealand Minister of Fisheries has developed strict regulations surrounding the production process to guarantee that environmental standards and practices are met. By the time the oil is mixed with Vitamin E Oil and New Zealand Olive Oil, it’s been extracted down to its most potent state for combatting joint pain and inflammation.

For more on the production and harvesting process, we have put together this quick video that documents GLX3 from start to finish:


A safe, sustainable supplement that delivers top-shelf benefits

GLX3 is designed to be a top-shelf combattant against inflamed joints, and is used by many to ward off the pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The nutrients in the mussels — along with the Omega-3 fatty acids, help joints act years younger and exhibit less chronic pain.

The Omega-3 fatty acids in the mussel oil works with the body’s metabolic system to help all of your joints function better — and you can rest easy knowing that what you’re putting into your body is safe and sustainable. 

Interested in learning more about green-lipped mussel oil? Check out our complete guide.

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At GLX3, our Green Lipped Mussels are never frozen or heated, keeping all enzymes and nutrients alive.

GLX3 is the closest thing to a raw whole food! The lipids are extracted at room temperature with minimal pressure in order to naturally preserve all the powerful natural polar long chain fatty acids in their most natural state. (This is like extra virgin oil).