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Shark Cartilage

What are the medical benefits of taking shark cartilage?

This supplement is a very popular in the United States. Its popularity came when research studies showed that it has some potential anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.

It was suggested that sharks don't get cancer and thus, taking shark cartilage would help prevent cancer. Unfortunately, afterwards, researchers found sharks with cancer of the kidney, lymph glands and cartilage. There goes that theory!

Manufacturers promote it as a "miracle" cure for cancer.  It is also suggested for treating pain and various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the scientific evidence of using shark cartilage to treat cancer or to cure it altogether?

The research studies done were not of very high quality. Many of these studies were funded by manufacturers and this brings up issues of influence and bias. In lab settings, this supplement seems to stop new vessel growth (called angiogenesis), exactly what cancer cells need in order to grow. Because of these studies, it was suggested that taking it could prevent cancer.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: Studies in humans are lacking unfortunately. This supplement contains mostly chondroitin which can be useful in arthritis conditions. It also contains calcium. There isn't ANY studies in humans to show whether it would work to cure cancer.

Don't write it off yet! There is still hope for using this supplement for cancer therapy; we aren't sure exactly how effective it is in humans. Luckily it is safe and has been used in studies lasting up to 40 months.

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Revised: January 5, 2010

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