Our shark cartilage is
freeze-vacuum dried from 100% premium New Zealand deep sea
shark that is cold pressed to retain the high quality of
mucoplysaccharides and complex proteins. Some cheap shark
cartilage on the market is from Asia, and they use heat
dried to produce shark cartilage powder, all active
ingredient lost after heat.
What Is Shark Cartilage?
Shark Cartilage, in the true sense of the term, is just
that--cartilage tissue from a shark. Cartilage, a translucent
elastic tissue, composes most of the skeleton of embryonic and
very young vertebrates and, through a process of calcification,
is transformed into bones which make up the fully developed
You're probably most familiar with cartilage as the "tough
stuff" you don't want in your meat. You most likely refer to it
as "gristle." Cartilage is apparent in the human body, as your
nose and "Adam's apple."
Cartilage is also found between the segments of the spine and at
the ends of long bones, where it acts as a shock absorber and a
bearing surface to reduce the friction between moving parts. It
is tough and elastic. There are three types.
Fibro cartilage, the first type, is found between the backbones.
It is the strongest of the three types. The second, hyaline
cartilage, is gristly elastic tissue that thinly covers the
moving ends of bones, connects the ribs to the breastbone, and
supports the nose, windpipe, and part of the voice box. This
type of cartilage is likely to harden in elderly people. Yellow
cartilage, the third variety, is the most elastic. It is found
in the external ear, Eustachian tube, and throat.
One of the most interesting things about cartilage, however, is
not its form but its importance to the body--an importance that
is first apparent in the embryo. In an early fetus, there are no
bones; it is cartilage that provides the framework on which the
major bones of the body--excluding the skull--take form.
Eventually, fetal cartilage becomes impregnated with calcium
salts so that hard, or "stony," bones become apparent.
The bones of children are relatively pliable because they
contain more cartilage--which is found at the tops of bones in
zones called growth plates--and less calcium salts than do the
bones of adults. (A theory has been postulated that newborn
children are resistant to many diseases because of the large
amount of cartilage present in their bodies during the early
fetal and developmental stages.) Elderly people have much less
soft tissue such as cartilage and a higher proportion of calcium
salts, so their bones are more brittle.
A process similar to the one in which fetal cartilage develops
into bone takes place throughout life whenever bones are broken.
It is believed that when a bone breaks, a substance within the
bone signals cells from the circulatory system to clean out the
breakage site and summon undifferentiated cells to populate the
site and multiply. These undifferentiated cells become
chondrocytes, or cartilage cells, which produce an intertwining
of cartilaginous fibers that fills the break and joins the bone
fragments together. Finally, the cartilage is calcified and
becomes new living bone.
Amazingly, cartilage is a tissue that
performs its functions without nerves, blood vessels, or a
lymphatic system. Nutrients are, therefore, not transported to
cartilage via the blood or lymphatic fluid. It is this
particular characteristic that seems to hold particular promise
in battling cancer and other diseases that cause the formation
of malignant tumors.
Benefits of Health
Shark cartilage has been successfully used in both animals
and humans to reduce pain in arthritis and improve mobility.
Shark cartilage contains one or more substances which
inhibit the production of Angiogenin, a substance
responsible for the formation of new blood vessels.
Cancer tumours cannot grow beyond about 2mm in size without
the formation of new blood vessels to support new tumour
Shark cartilage appears to be much more effective in
preventing new blood vessel development than other cartilage
sourced from mammals.
Cancers release chemical messages which cause blood vessels
to grow. Interruption of this process inhibits tumour
All shark cartilage is not the same!
Processing techniques are critical to maintaining its
therapeutic benefits. Handling of the raw material must
avoid the destruction of the active principles of the
product contains a seafood ingredient, for pregnant or breast
feeding women, heart disease or stroke sufferers those who have
recently had surgery or about to have surgery. Please consult a
health care professional before taking.