Q: I have heard that shark cartilage is quite effective for joint pains. Please advice.
A: Shark cartilage is widely known to provide beneficial effects on bone and joint health. Shark cartilage is a rich source of glycosaminoglycans and chondroitin [glucosamine-like compounds], which are celebrated natural anti-inflammatory agents. It has been reported that many forms of arthritis, and other bone disorders, could benefit from the use of shark cartilage. Studies have also shown the value of shark cartilage for alleviating both pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Besides, studies have also emphasised the rationale of using shark cartilage to treat arthritis. Shark cartilage is also relatively safe. It must, however, be borne in mind that those with a history of allergy need to exert caution while taking the product. Also, shark cartilage should not be consumed in large quantities for a long period of time — since the product contains a significant amount of calcium. Excess can lead to kidney stones. Don’t mix shark cartilage with fruits or vegetables, including juices. Fruits and vegetables contain bioflavonoids — or, vitamin P — which may attach to proteins and affect the development of blood cells. It is best to take shark cartilage two hours before a meal. Alternately, it may be taken in pill or capsule form, along with water or milk. One important point: since shark cartilage affects the formation of new blood vessels, it is suggested that patients who have had a recent heart attack, or are recovering from recent surgery, should refrain from its use. Shark cartilage is certainly not for use in/during pregnancy. It is also not recommended for use in children.
Dosage: 60-80 gm, per day, best taken before a meal. Or, as advised by your physician/therapist.
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