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Is taking shark cartilage safe?

Is taking shark cartilage safe?

Perhaps?: But I am not aware of any indication or benefit. With the worlds shark population down 90%, it wouldn't be high on my list of complementary or alternative therapies and only if I were sure it would be saving my life of markedly improving my daily life or comfort. Reconsider! ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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What is the function of shark cartilage?

What is the function of shark cartilage?

None: Sharks don't get cancer so various sources sold shark cartilage in a pill. How this was to treat cancer or prevent it has no merit or obvious reasoning. ...Read more

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Is shark cartilage good for anything really?

Is shark cartilage good for anything really?

Social Status: Medicinal claims associated with shark fin (cartilage) have not been scientifically substantiated at this time. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Because shark fin is very expensive, eating it is considered a status symbol for some asians. ...Read more

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Does consuming shark cartilage stunt growth?

Does consuming shark cartilage stunt growth?

No, it doesn't stunt: Growth. Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to v cholesterol & combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Does shark cartilage contain a lot of cholesterol?

Shouldn't?: Typically none at all; unless the formulation contains some which would make no sense to me. ...Read more

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How effective is shark cartilage for psoriaris treatment?

How effective is shark cartilage for psoriaris treatment?

No proof: Although shark fin (cartilage) has been used medicinally in china with reports that it lowers cholesterol, combats cancer & heart disease & is beneficial for skin health; there is no scientic proof of these benefits at this time. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Could shark cartilage pills treat social anxiety?

Could shark cartilage pills treat social anxiety?

Know of no studies: That show that shark cartilage effectively treats social anxiety. ...Read more

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Can shark cartilage pills help treat social anxiety?

Can shark cartilage pills help treat social anxiety?

No: Shark cartilage pills are not effective in the treatment of social anxiety. ...Read more

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What are legal issues with shark cartilage supplements?

What are legal issues with shark cartilage supplements?

Varies: Reportedly a new california law was passed which banned shark fin soup. It requires retail shops, restaurants and small processing plants to deplete their entire stock of shark fins by the end of 2012, there may be a ban in hawaii as well. ...Read more

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Does eating shark cartilage prevent cancer in humans?

Does eating shark cartilage prevent cancer in humans?

Very controversial: Claims of use of shark fins to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease have not been scientifically supported at this time. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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During the first trimester of pregnancy is shark cartilage safe?

During the first trimester of pregnancy is shark cartilage safe?

No: During the first trimester it is particularly important tt avoid substances that can contain toxic agents or interfere with blood vessel development. I don't see why one would take shark cartilage at any time during pregnancy or while breast feeding. ...Read more

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Do shark cartilage supplements help people with dementia?

Not directly: Shark cartilage, which is rich in mucopolysacharides and chondroitin may lower your risk factors for diseases which can contribute to dementia, but there have been no reproducible peer-reviewed studies which implicate shark cartilage in the treatment of existing dementias. ...Read more

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Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Shark - toxins.: There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Best not to eat it at all. ...Read more

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Can shark cartilage provide relief from social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, depression?

Sorry - but there is: No evidence to suggest that this is the case. Shark cartilage can endanger health as it usually contains high levels of mercury and other dangerous chemicals. ...Read more

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Is the shark cartilage a preventative treatment or cure for prostate cancer? |

Is the shark cartilage a preventative treatment or cure for prostate cancer? |

No: Shark cartilage and other herbal types of medications have never been shown to affect the incidence of the development of prosate cancer. ...Read more

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Does shark cartilage is good for knee joint pain?

Does shark cartilage is good for knee joint pain?

Glucosamine chondroi: Most glucosamine and chondroitin preps come from cartilagenous fish parts, old squid bodies or shark or other fun fish places. Some feel that glucosamine can help joint pain, for most the jury is still out. A european study looked at high dose very pure medical grade glucocsamine and said there was a benefit. But ingesting shark cartilage is one way to get those nutrients (polysaccharides). ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed shark cartilage to empower my knees but I am jaundiced now should I stop taking this dietary supplement till recovery?

YES: Alternative therapies carry risk of side effects just like prescription medications. You should stop and consult your prescribing physician immediately. Blood tests can help determine if there is any liver or blood damage causing your jaundiced appearance. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

Controversy - toxins: Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Is it true that eating more cartilage (not in sharks) helps bone and joint health?

Is it true that eating more cartilage (not in sharks) helps bone and joint health?

Glucosamine: Glucosamine and chondroitin, two components of cartilage, are commonly used as supplements to help with bone and joint health. Although it has received a lot of popular acclaim, there has been little rigorous testing to see if it is effective. At best, it seems to be not harmful and might be helpful. Webmd has a pretty good article on the topic.
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Is there any natural practitioners online here? Someone who believes in giving supplements instead of drugs? Need help with my torn cartilage! :)

Is there any natural practitioners online here? Someone who believes in giving supplements instead of drugs? Need help with my torn cartilage! :)

Orthopedist: Torn cartilage in the knee for example if causing significant pain or catching and locking of the knee can be evaluated by an orthopedist. There are no natural scientifically proven treatments for that problem. There are some natural antiinflammatories for pain such as turmeric. It is a mechanical problem though. ...Read more

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Been having nose bleeds on one side so I looked at the inside and there spots of cartilage showing thur on my spetum. Don't use drugs?

Get eval: Not sure what you are seeing, so it best to get an official evaluation from a trained health care professional to determine hat treatment would be best for your specific condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have Scratching in knee cartilage I went to doc & he gave me drug & he said rest for 2 weeks can I back squatting like before after this injury! ?

I have Scratching in knee cartilage I went to doc & he gave me drug & he said rest for 2 weeks can I back squatting like before after this injury! ?

Follow up...: Follow your doctor's advice as given. If it has already been two weeks and you are having no symptoms then you might be able to resume your regular activities but start slowly and test yourself to see how much you can tolerate. If you are still having pain then you need to see your doctor for follow up and new recommendations. ...Read more