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What is Cartilade?

Cartilade® products have been sold in the dietary supplement industry for 15 years in North America and worldwide. Cartilade brand shark cartilage is produced under proprietary methods that result in the most effective shark cartilage powder available as a dietary supplement.

New research regarding Cartilade® shows that it has been proven to be the superior brand of cartilage powder as demonstrated by in vitro assay. Cartilade® has been demonstrated to be completely safe when used as directly and over 500 million doses have been used worldwide.

Cartilade® typically contains 12% chondroitin, Type II collagen, 35% protein and 50% minerals essential for connective tissue synthesis. More importantly, Cartilade exhibits the highest activity of MMP inhibition, or the highest inhibition of catabolic activity of the connective tissues and joints. It is the only shark cartilage brand with this proven activity.

Health care professionals and the natural products industry recognize Cartilade as the “gold standard” of shark cartilage powders. In 1996, Cartilade was the honorable recipient of the Retailers Choice Vity Award, for bone and joint discomfort. It is an excellent “stand-alone” product as well as a value-added ingredient to all joint formulas. No other herbal or joint support ingredient has the same properties as Cartilade.

Healthy joints depend on the fragile balance of construction and destruction to ensure cartilage renewal. Glycosaminoglycans provide the building materials for healthy joints that are not only a part of the process.

CARTILADE® provides glycosaminoglycans AND inhibitors of destructive enzymes (MMP2) to help maintain the health joints.

Inhibits MMP-2 (gelatinase) enzymatic avtivity.

Contains chondroitin, glycosaminoglycans and other essential nutrients for joint health

It has been a widely heralded phenomenon in recent years that has attributed to the sudden popularity of shark cartilage. What is this phenomenon? Studies conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that supplementing with shark cartilage causes a decrease in blood flow to tumors in the body, thereby limiting tumor growth.

Shark Cartilage:

It evokes horror in the mind of people on the beach, the triangle shaped tail fin. It is this very aquatic animal’s cartilage tissue that we call shark cartilage. Its contribution to the formational of the skeletal system is vital. A translucent elastic tissue it composes most of the skeleton of embryonic and very young vertebrates. Post a process of calcification it transforms into bones and makes a fully developed skeletal system.

There are three types of cartilage tissue:

Fibro cartilage:

It is found between the back bones and is of the strongest types.

Hyaline cartilage:

It is a grisly elastic tissue covering the moving end of bones, it also connects the ribs to the breast bone and supports the nose also the windpipe and a part of the voice box.

Yellow cartilage:

This is the most elastic of the three and is found in the external ear, Eustachian tube and throat.

Uses of Shark Cartilage:

Forms of Use:

Powdered form of shark cartilage- It is available as bulk powdered form and is generally for oral consumption on mixing it with water or fruit juice. It can also be taken through a rectal retention enema. Another form that powdered shark cartilage is available in is gelatin capsules or pressed into caplets which are taken orally.

It was believed in the earlier times that sharks did not have cancer. So it was believed that taking shark cartilage could work against cancer. Tests conducted on humans so far show that shark cartilage does have some efficacy in controlling growth of tumor cells. There was a study conducted in some humans with macular degeneration and it has shown positive results however more concrete experimentation is required to propound theories.

Side effects and potential dangers in using shark cartilage:

People with allergies to chondroitin or glucosamine should avoid taking products containing shark cartilage. People with allergies to sulfur should also be careful before taking shark cartilage products as they could be sulfated.

Children (younger than 18 years) – they should avoid taking shark cartilage as it can hamper normal growth.

People consuming a shark cartilage product called Neovastat did show side effects in spite of using it for about four years. The person consuming shark cartilage could suffer mild stomach discomfort dizziness and fatigue. It has also been observed and is considered in theory that slower wound healing and irregular heartbeat can occur in people taking shark cartilage. Shark cartilage can be considered an occupational safety hazard in facilities using it.


Consumption of shark cartilage in any form is not advisable to pregnant women and breast feeding mothers.

Interaction of Shark Cartilage with Drugs:

Shark Cartilage containing products are rich in calcium. So if taken along with any drugs containing calcium or calcium supplements it can increase the level of calcium in the body leading to problems like irregular heartbeats, decrease the growth of blood vessels and healing of wounds.

Interaction of Shark Cartilage with other Herbs and Supplements:

Shark Cartilage can lower blood sugar levels and if taken with glucosamine can increase them. A health care provider should closely monitor the intake of shark cartilage.


The dosage mentioned below is according to scientific journals or traditional usage Adults (18 yrs or older) - Extract of ground cartilage- A dose of 80-100 gms per day or 1.3gms per kilogram of body weight.

Source Naturals Cartilade® Shark Cartilage

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