Sharks are labeled with a bad persona. Mainly due to movies like “Jaws” where they go around and chomp down for a nightly feast on any human or animal they can find. There are one million slaughters going on each year on this creature. However, these creatures of the sea have the ability to aide in certain medical conditions such as anemia, brain bleeding and cancer.
Scientists for decades have been studying the shark, well at least his cartilage. They believe this creature has something that can offer the medical community especially in the treatment of cancer. It is a known fact that sharks hardly ever get cancer. There must be something in their bodies that aide in protection from this disease.
The theory of the shark cartilage and cancer among most of the scientific community is having to do specifically with the composition of the cartilage. For one thing cartilage cannot grow cancer due to the fact it has no blood vessels. The theory is that the cartilage manufactures elements that barricade the growing of new blood vessels that would feed on the tumor. So by using the cartilage to treat the tumor the blood vessels then should be stopped from developing on the tumor.
A study was performed to scientifically prove or disprove the theory of shark cartilage. Nine patients had participated in this study. When the study had been completed the evidence indicated that seven of the nine patients who had advanced cancer there was an 87% positive response from the treatment. It is important to note that no other treatment was applied during this study.
The evidence laid out had shown the following results (in brief form here after seven weeks of treatment and all patients were diagnosed as terminal)
A few results:
Female patient stage three uterine cancer going into bladder. Radiation had no effects on the tumor. After seven weeks of the cartilage the tumor reduced in size by 80% and after eleven weeks the tumor had gone and so did her pain. The only remaining factor was scar tissue.
Female with vaginal hemangioma in size of 5″x 5″ after hysterectomy and partial vaginectomy along with radiation. Heavy bleeding was life threatening complication. At seven weeks tumor reduced by 60% and bleeding had stopped. At eleven weeks tumor size was 3″x 3″ with further treatment it was stated tumor would appear to decrease.
Male stage three cancer on back of right thigh. After nine weeks of cartilage therapy surgery was done. It was noticed that 60% of the tumor was dead and surgically removed.
The summary of this research had indicated that further research was still required but shark cartilage treatments had displayed promise.
Studies on shark cartilage are still being conducted however, these studies are extremely expensive. At the same time environmentalists are advocating for the shark and making the fact known that the shark population has decreased significantly in the prior fifteen years due to over fishing and the ever on going demand for shark products.
The compounds of the shark cartilage are being tested by a few pharmaceutical companies. If developed it would only be able to be available by prescription and it is stated the cartilage is coming from those sharks who have been slaughtered for meat.
Shark cartilage in research has shown it can help alleviate arthritis symptoms. In all reality scientists had determined it is one of the main components in the shark cartilage which is chondroitin sulfate that is the magic behind the alleviation. To make a note the supplements which are sold in health food stores usually come from cows and that of sharks.
Shark cartilage has demonstrated benefits in patients with arthritis. It decrease joint pain and inflammation which enabled patients to use less pain relievers. Good news is a lot of persons who use it in small doses have no major problems. Some can have side effects which include nausea, vomiting, cramping, can lower blood pressure and raise sugar levels. Pregnant women, children and those recovering from surgery are advised against using the product. It has been validated for use in osteoporosis.
Shark cartilage has also been noted to be used for psoriasis, healing wounds, retina damage due to diabetes and inflammation of the intestines. The FDA has given the cartilage “Orphan Drug Status”for renal cell carcinoma. This law allows drug pharmaceuticals special incentives to study drugs for rare conditions.
Currently there has been no reported cases for drug interactions of this product. Doses are dependent on a variety of factors such as age, health and other conditions. There is no current information for proper dosage of this product. Follow directions on label and consult health practitioner before using this product.
Shark liver oil is also being used to treat health conditions. The liver oil is either brown or yellow in appearance. Fisherman for a very long time have used the oil for health treatments. The oil is an abundant source alkyiglycerols which just possibly contain anti-cancer elements. There are currently two other chemicals in the oil which are being studied for cancer they are squalene and squalamine.
Shark liver oil is vastly used in northern Europe as one of the conventional cancer treatments. However, in the United States it is sold as a dietary supplement. Current research is aiming at the components of the oil alkyiglycerols, squalene and squalamone. Past scientific studies have demonstrated the oil possibly has anti-cancer reactions on tumors in animals. Clinical trails based on if it works in humans are currently being studied.
We do know that shark liver oil aides in heightening the immune system, fighting infections, in cancer treatments (northern Europe) and decreases side effects of conventional cancer treatments.
The theory of the alkyiglycerols provide benefits in several different ways. It has been proposed that when fighting cancer they kill off the tumor cells indirectly. Advocates allege they stimulate the immune system by activation of immune cells (macrophages) that eat germs that are trying to penetrate along with damaged cells. The other way is that they have the ability to lessen side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This is due to the fact they can guard the cell membrane.
Due to the ability to heighten the immune system, there are claims that they provide protection against colds, flu, chronic infections, asthma, arthritis and AIDS.
Previous studies have demonstrated that squalamine can slow down the growing of tumor blood vessels. Advocates lay claim that it just possibly could treat cancer either independently or with chemotherapy. It is currently in studies for macular degeneration, eye condition in which ends in vision loss. Squalene is advocated to having cell protection ability which in turn could possibly lessen side effects that occur from chemotherapy.
All claims to shark liver oil are currently being researched.
Based on how the oil is prepared for commercial use it possibly can be loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin A. The oil has been used in already in some moisturizing skin creams and lotions. Just to note some cosmetic companies have removed the ingredient over concern for the decline in the shark population.
The shark liver oil is being sold in capsules and liquid forms. You can purchase it at many of the health food stores and over the internet.
To clarify a few points in the shark liver oil. There is no current evidence that the supplement are effective to treat cancer. There have been a couple of studies that did present some benefit to women who were having radiation therapy for cervical cancer. There has been no other confirmed research in this area since 1980.
Recent studies have demonstrated squalamine has lessened the amounts of lung metastases, tumors in which spread to lungs from a primary cancer which is elsewhere in the body and this was found in animals. Studies conducted early in humans did show it can be used safely with chemotherapy. It is still not determined if it does shrink the tumor or prolongs survival of patients. It is undergoing studies with other treatments for lung and prostate cancers.
Some side effects include nausea and upset stomachs have been noted. In animal studies it had shown it could raise blood pressure. If you are allergic to seafood you could have a reaction.
The dosage for shark liver oil is also undetermined at this time so it is advisable to talk with your practitioner first.
Please do not use this product on its own current merit solely. It is used to aide in other treatments and best used with the advice of your health care practitioner.
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