Twinlab Advanced Shark Cartilage Extract capsules contains only the highest quality shark cartilage extract obtainable, imported from Japan. Each capsule supplies 500 mg of shark cartilage concentrate of which 275 mg is purified shark cartilage extract dried on dextrin. Unlike crude shark cartilage powder, the active ingredients in this product are highly concentrated and purified for maximum biological activity. The shark cartilage concentrate is encapsulated at TwinLab's state of the art facilities with stringent quality control assuring correct potencies and outstanding product freshness.
Cartilage, derived from shark and bovine (cow) sources, is a type of connective tissue comprised of mucopolysaccharides, protein substances, calcium, sulfur, and collagen. Early research in the 1950s and 1960s, using chips of bovine cartilage inserted into wounds, demonstrated that cartilage enhances wound healing. Since then, cartilage has been investigated for its potential role in regulating immune function and stopping the growth of tumors. The role of shark cartilage in inhibiting angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels) is hypothesized to be beneficial in halting the growth and spread of cancer. A few studies suggest that individuals with cancer may benefit from cartilage supplements; however, well-designed research is lacking, and many experts question the use of cartilage in this regard. A similar situation is seen with the use of cartilage in individuals with arthritis.
As a dietary supplement, take 2-5 capsules daily or as directed by a physician.