What is Shark Cartilage?
Cartilage is the part of the skeletal system composed of elastic, translucent tissue, most of which converts to bone as animals grow to adulthood. However, some cartilage remains in areas such as the ears, nose, and knees. Because sharks have no bones, cartilage is the primary component of their skeletal system.
Shark Cartilage has many beneficial active ingredients, these include a natural occurring combined Chondroitin/Glucosamine; this amounts to approx 25 to 30% of cartilage (Laboratory Report ALS Laboratory Group 2009). This combined Chondroitin/Glucosamine is a simple molecule derived from its natural state that occurs naturally in our bodies. Based on clinical research, this combined Chondroitin/Glucosamine has benefited many osteoarthritis sufferers.
Studies in humans
- A study conducted by John Prudden was described in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism1. In this study, 28 osteoarthritis patients, all of whom exhibited severe pain and major functional disability, were given a cartilage preparation over a period of three to eight weeks. Of the 28 subjects, 19 showed results that were classified as "excellent"; six were classified as having "good" results; and three were classified as "fair" or showed "no response". It was noted that none showed any ill effects.
- The results of a long-term study conducted by Dr. Rejholec, Head of Internal Medicine/Rheumatology at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, were published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism2. The five-year, double-blind study was done using three groups, with a total of 147 osteoarthritic patients. Two of the three groups were given variations of cartilage extract; the other group (control) received a placebo. The placebo group was encouraged to use various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during active episodes. These results were quite exceptional. The groups treated with the cartilage had average pain scores drop 85 percent, whereas the average pain score of the control group fell only 5 percent over the five years. Also, the actual joint degeneration in the cartilage-treatedgroup was significantly less than that of the control group. At the end of five years, the joint degeneration of the cartilage-treated group was 37 percent of the control group.
- In 1989, Jose A. Orcasita of the University of Miami School of Medicine administered doses of dry shark cartilage for a period of three weeks to six elderly patients suffering from "significant" to "unbearable" pain from osteoarthritis. In all cases Orcasita reported that pain was markedly reduced and quality of life was vastly improved.
- Prudden, J. Sem Arthritis and Rheumatism, Summer 1974.
- Rejholec. Sem Arthritis and Rheumatism, 17(2), Nov. 1987.
- Let´s Live, March 1994, p. 16
Shark cartilage has in the past been recognised primarily for anticancer properties. In 1983, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published a study showing that shark cartilage contains a substance that significantly inhibits the development of blood vessels that nourish solid tumours, thereby limiting tumour growth. Working independently, medical researchers found that if one could inhibit angiogenesis-the development of a new blood network- one could prevent the development of based-based cancer and metastasis. Further studies have shown that protein amount for approx 34% in shark cartilage contributes to anti-cancer property.
Research 1976, Dr. Robert Langer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SA Shark cartilage powder contains trace elements of calcium, phosphorus and pottasium. These may prove to be a valuable supplement for general well-being. Read article.
Note: South Australian Shark Cartilage Pty Ltd does not make any claims in relation to anti cancer properties. South Australian Shark Cartilage Pty Ltd is compliant with the Therapeutics Goods Act in relation to the allowable claims given.
South Australian Shark Cartilage - 100 x 500mg & 400 x 500mg capsules
Take 1 - 3 capsules three times daily preferably a half hour before eating.
South Australian Shark Cartilage 60 x 750mg capsules
Take 1 - 2 capsules three times daily.
200 gram ocean cleaned SA Shark Cartilage powder
Take 2 to 3 level teaspoons per day with flavoured milk or your favourite juice
Note: Over some years we've discovered that most people find better and faster relief when they slowly reduce the dose until they find their own successful relief level. After that, self dose!
Our shark cartilage has proved to reduce pain – sometimes as soon as 15 minutes, occasionally 6 weeks, but usually after 3 weeks – with no known side-effects.
SA Shark Cartilage products:
- 100 x 500mg South Australian Shark Cartilage capsule bottle
- 400 x 500mg South Australian Shark Cartilage capsule bottle
- 60 x 750mg South Australian Shark Cartilage capsule bottle
- 200 gram South Australian Shark Cartilage powder tub
Example of a typical user:
The product is primarily targeted at osteoarthritis sufferers between the age of 50 years plus.
At some stage these users have suffered the side effects of long-term use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). South Australian Shark Cartilage is a natural alternative, with no known side effects. SA Shark Cartilage is listed with the Therapeutics Goods Administration (Complementary Healthcare) and is permitted to make the claim ‘for the temporary relief of the pain of Osteoarthritis´. Although many users have been known to use SA Shark Cartilage to assist with other health complaints, South Australian Shark Cartilage can only make a therapeutic claim in reference to temporary pain relief associated with osteoarthritis.