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Shark Cartilage

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Shark cartilage is a food supplement made from the powdered cartilage of sharks. It is loaded with calcium and phosphorous, and contains amino acid compounds that seemingly inhibit cellular angiogenesis; the ability to create new blood vessels. Also included in shark cartilage is chondroitin sulfate, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. The effectiveness of taking shark-cartilage orally is questioned by many doctors who feel its active ingredient may be destroyed during digestion, thus not allowing it to enter the blood stream. Some chemicals contained in Shark cartilage include: Amino acids (some), calcium, mucopolysaccharides, phosphorus, and protein.

How Shark Cartilage Supplements Work in Your Body:
Inhibits the growth of new blood vessels (cellular angiogenesis)
May improve immune system
May decrease joint swelling and stiffness due to anti-inflammatory properties
Due to the angiogenesis-inhibition properties, it might be effective in the treatment of some eye disorders that occur because of inappropriate growth of new blood vessels, as well as arthritis, psoriasis, bowel inflammation, scleroderma
May fight cancer

Using Shark Cartilage:
In order to get the maximum effect it is vital to take a supplement that is 100 percent pure shark cartilage. Its color should be white.

Shark Cartilage is available as:

Medical Precautions: Do not take if you:
Have recently undergone surgery
Have had a myocardial infraction (heart attack)
Are still growing

Consult your Medical Doctor If you:
Are taking any prescription or non prescription medications

Consult with your physician to determine if any benefits of taking shark cartilage outweigh the risk to your unborn child. Since shark cartilage is not regulated by the FDA, the risk to an unborn child is unknown.

It is not known whether shark cartilage is passed into milk. Consult with your physician before taking.

Infants and Children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any supplement.

Shark Cartilage Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Keep in a cool and dry location and away from direct light, but do not freeze.
Keep safely away from children.

Safe Shark Cartilage Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
Shark Cartilage, as a product, is marketed as a dietary supplement and has not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for effectiveness and safety.
The optimal dosage amounts are unknown. Use caution when taking this supplement.

Shark Cartilage Toxicity:
Information on the comparative-toxicity rating cannot be found in standard references.

Shark Cartilage Side Effects:
Signs and symptoms : What to do
None are known or proven


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