Ever since the phrase “sharks don’t get cancer” came out; there have been many tests done on shark cartilage and the benefits contained within it. After finding out that shark cartilage can inhibit the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors and that it can prevent damage being done to the genetic material in healthy cells, scientists asked themselves what else shark cartilage could do. It turns out that shark cartilage can offer great benefits to arthritis and joint sufferers as well.

Shark cartilage contains very complex compounds for joint health called Chondroitin sulphate and glycoaminoglycans. These compounds are both natural anti- inflammatory agents and are believed to reduce cartilage wear and tear by improving lubrication to the joints. Chondroitin is actually found naturally in our joint cartilage and connective tissues but it gets less as we age. Joint flexibility is important as we get older and these compounds keep the elasticity, resilience and shock-absorbing properties of the cartilage.

Here are some additional benefits of shark cartilage:

  • Chondroitin is also a major source of the protein building-blocks used in our joints, which means it assists in the production and regeneration of joint cartilage  and keeps them healthy
  • Chondroitin is known to inhibit enzymes that break down cartilage and cause inflammation and stiffness.
  • Aids immune system regulation and the prevention of new blood vessel growth into the cartilage of the joints.
  • Shark cartilage can provide tremendous relief to painful, swollen, and stiff joints Many have reported using fewer pain relievers and noticed an overall improvement to their condition

Shark cartilage can be taken in various forms. Supplements come in pill form, powders, liquid extracts and other forms.  Some may choose taking it via enemas, injections or infusions.

It’s also a good idea to take note of the reported side effects associated with taking shark cartilage. Some have reported experiencing abdominal cramps and bloating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, fatigue and fever. In some cases, it can lower blood sugar levels. Pregnant women and children should not take it because it may effect the normal growth of children and fetuses. Also, if you have recently had surgery, taking shark cartilage can slow down the healing process. Shark cartilage is also a rich source of calcium and while it can be beneficial for patients with osteoporosis who require calcium supplementation, it can also lead to an overload of calcium in the blood, especially if you use calcium supplements.

With all the benefits of shark cartilage it makes sense to treat arthritis and joint related conditions. It is always best to speak to your medical practitioner for the best treatment for your condition in order to get the best results.

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