PernaTec® –  Stabilised Greenshell Mussel Powder

PernaTec is a natural joint health supplement manufactured from sustainably farmed New Zealand Greenshell (Green Lipped) mussels (perna canaliculus).

PernaTec is a rich source of naturally occurring bioactive compounds that provide the combined benefits of anti-inflammatory, chondroprotective, and gastroprotective properties for effective, natural joint nutrition, without side effects.

Product Features 

Rich in lipids and Omega 3 fatty acids

The naturally occurring Omega 3 oils in PernaTec Greenshell mussel powder play a major role in the proven anti-inflammatory activity of the product.

Greenshell mussel oil contains a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), in particular the Omega 3 PUFA’s known as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

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Research over the past twenty years has also identified a series of novel Omega 3 fatty acids in Greenshell mussel oil with significant anti-inflammatory activity.

Pro-inflammatory compounds in the body known as eicosanoids play a key role in the inflammatory process, however the Omega 3 fatty acids found naturally in Greenshell mussels have been found to inhibit these inflammatory molecules.

Pernatec is carefully processed to protect these PUFA’s from oxidisation with typical total lipid levels of 10% of which 30% are Omega 3’s.

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Complex range of  bioactive nutrients

It’s not only the Omega 3’s in PernaTec that are important. Supported by over 30 years of research additional biologically active components have been identified including Glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) which are known to be important in joint health, and a unique component known as phosphorylated glycogen which is also thought to contribute anti-inflammatory activity.

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Specialised analysis has shown that Pernatec Green Lipped mussel powder contains on average 2% glycosaminoglycans and 8% glycogen.

It is the unique combination of these biologically active components, along with the Omega 3 PUFA’s in Pernatec working together in naturally occurring quantities that delivers the beneficial effects of Pernatec.

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Powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity

Analysis of PernaTec in in-vitro models of inflammation has demonstrated high levels of anti-inflammatory activity and was clearly superior to levels of activity found in powders with known active components (such as the omega 3 fatty acids) removed.

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Samples of Pernatec were tested in a human neutrophil activation assay which mimics part of the normal inflammatory response in the human body.  In addition, samples of Pernatec stored at ambient temperatures for two years showed no deterioration in anti-inflammatory activity measured in the same assay.

Samples of Pernatec also demonstrated dose dependent inactivation of free oxygen radicals suggesting that this material has significant anti-oxidant potential.

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Anti-inflammatory agent

Joint cartilage repair and protection

Joint pain relief



PernaTec is an ideal joint care nutraceutical ingredient for both human and animal formulations.  It is suitable for tableting, hard capsule fill, pelletising and dry powder blends.


PernaTec is manufactured using a 100% New Zealand raw material source:  perna canaliculus, a shellfish species which is sustainably farmed by sophisticated aquaculture techniques.

PernaTec is manufactured in New Zealand at Waitaki Biosciences purpose built, fully export licensed processing facility.

Prior to freeze drying the raw material, specialised pre-processing application of a proprietary anti-oxidant blend takes place. This process protects and stabilises sensitive Omega 3 oils and ensures maximum efficacy of the finished product.

Product Profile

  • < 1000 micron and < 200 micron, fine free flowing tan to green coloured  powder
  • 10% total lipids
  • 3% Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Minimum 45% protein
  • Also contains glycosaminoglycans, glycogen, essential vitamins and minerals
  • Net weight 25 kg cartons