Frequently asked questions about Lyprinol tablets
Is Lyprinol like other marine or fish oils?
No. Lyprinol is extracted from GLM, and contains a unique mix of omega-3 fatty acids. The patented processing of Lyprinol protects their activity. Lyprinol is 350 times more effective in controlling inflammation than, for example, Salmon oil.
Is Lyprinol like other GLM products?
No. The lipids in GLM are extremely sensitive to oxidation. Only Lyprinol has a special patented extraction process which protects their activity.
Is Lyprinol like other omega-3 products?
No. Lyprinol is 200-350 times more effective.
I am allergic to shellfish. Can I take Lyprinol?
Yes. Allergies respond to carbohydrate or proteins. The extraction process used in Lyprinol isolates only fats. Lyprinol is safe for people suffering from fish or shellfish allergies.
I am vegetarian (or Vegan). Can I take Lyprinol?
Lyprinol is a mix of fats extracted from mussels and encapsulated in a gelatin casing. This may cause concerns for vegetarians.
Is Lyprinol suitable for children?
Yes. But take care with very young children.
Is maintenance of healthy airways the same as treating asthma?
No. Asthma is a complex set of conditions, which are seen as difficulty of breathing due to blocked airways. Inflammation arising from an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can lead to people with hypersentitive or "twitchy" airways responding more to an allergenic stimulus. Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in the diet helps balance the ratios, maintaining the healthy state and avoiding an excessive response to the allergen. Lyprinol contains a unique mix of omega-3 fatty acids and is 200-350 times more effective than other forms.
I have heard of Lyprinol being used for joint care. Is this true?
Yes. The inflammation arising from the nutritional imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids can also stimulate excessive inflammation in the joints, responding to micro-traumas or shocks. Supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids can help, but Lyprinol is 200-350 times more effective than other forms. Lyprinol can help maintain supple joints. And the suggested intake is double - i.e. 2 capsules per day. A larger pack size will be launched later in 2004 to meet the monthly requirements of people with swollen joints.
Why is Lyprinol "new improved"?
The Lyprinol capsules now have a thin coating of xylose. This ensures that they dissolve in the duodenum rather than (as previously) in the stomach. This prevents repeating.
Has Lyprinol been available before?
Yes. Lyprinol used to be sold in the UK for joint care. It was a well liked product, but was not available in retail outlets. It is now retailed in other countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Norway, and most recently Germany.
How does Lyprinol differ from these other food sources of omega-3 fatty acids?
One of the main differences between Lyprinol and fish oils is the amount required to produce a significant effect. Compared to fish oil doses of 18g per day, Lyprinol has been shown to be effective at a dose of 1 to 2 capsules per day. This is equivalent to just 100mg of Lyprinol oil and 300mg of olive oil. This equals just 400mg of fat per day, compared to 18g per day, if you were to take fish oils.
Independent studies have compared Lyprinol to several foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Regarding anti-inflammatory properties and joint swelling, Lyprinol has been shown to be:
- 100 times more potent than EPA Max (fish oil)
- 125 times more potent than orginal freeze dried mussel powder
- 175 times more potent than evening primrose oil
- 175 times more potent than Salmon Oil
- 200 times more potent than Flax Oil
Lyprinol works by inhibiting the metabolic pathways in the inflammation process. This is because the omega-3 PUFAs present in Lyprinol are metabolised in the body instead of other fatty acids responsible for starting and prolonging the process of inflammation.
Lyprinol is one of the best natural sources of omega-3 in the diet, because it contains additional lipids, unique to the Green Lipped Mussel - its like fish oil but better.
Does Lyprinol have the same side effects as fish oil supplements?
No, Lyprinol has none of the side effects associated with fish oils.
Fish oil supplements are dietary supplements that contain oil from cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, black cod, albacore tuna, sardines, and herring. The active ingredients in fish oil supplements are essential fatty acids known as omega-3 fatty acids. They typically include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Common side effects of fish oil supplements include:
- fishy breath
- upset stomach
- greasy stools
Serious side effects include an increase in the harmful form of LDL cholesterol, large doses of fish oil supplements needed to achieve the potency of lyprinol may also cause weight gain and decrease the absorption of vitamins A, E, D, and K from the stomach. If you have diabetes, use caution when taking fish oil supplements, they are reported to increase blood sugar. Taking large amounts of fish oils over a long period of time may increase the risk of mild bleeding resulting in nosebleeds and bruising.
Lyprinol is not associated with any of the side effects common to cod liver oils
How is Lyprinol different to cod liver oil?
Cod liver oil is not suitable for people with asthma, diabetes, a blood clotting disorder, or if you are taking Warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. If you are considering taking cod liver oil for any of the above conditions it would be advisable to seek the advice of your doctor before taking cod liver oil products.
It's also not a good idea to use cod liver oil as a fish oil supplement because it contains very high levels of vitamin A. High doses of vitamin A can cause headache, dry skin, itching, and liver damage.
Lyprinol can be taken by everybody, although we recommend that pregnant women and very young children should only use Lyprinol after consultation with a doctor or health visitor.
What are the advantages of Lyprinol over green lipped mussel powders?
Lyprinol has many advantages over green lipped mussel powders including:
- Mussel powders contain proteins, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Since Lyprinol is an oil all the proteins have been removed
- Mussel powders contain sea salt, which can be a problem for people needing to stay on a low salt diet. Lyprinol contains no sea salts
- Because Lyprinol is a potent concentrate, the dose rate is far lower and the capsules are easier to take.
- The unpleasant odours associated with encapsulated mussel powders have been removed.