The shark is the oldest marine predator that lives in almost all the waters of the world’s oceans. Saltwater is the predominant habitat of sharks, but species found in freshwater bodies are found. The sizes of sharks are also diverse: you can meet individuals from 20 centimeters to 20 meters in length.
The shark belongs to the class of cartilaginous fish, and this means that its skeleton has no bones, but consists of cartilage tissue. Low density of cartilage tissue compensates for their lack of a swim bladder inherent in all bony species of fish.
Human has long been interested in the healing properties of the components of a shark. And this is not by chance, as shark meat contains a storehouse of micro- and macronutrients, vitamins, valuable nutrients. Shark liver is a source of fat rich in fat-soluble vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
But today we will focus on the beneficial properties of shark cartilage. Considering that the shark’s skeleton is represented by cartilage tissue, its production for further processing is very promising.
What is the benefit of shark cartilage in maintaining human health? If you delve into the history of the issue, then originally shark cartilage had high hopes in the treatment of some forms of cancer. However, studies have not been able to prove the effectiveness of this product in oncology. Currently, it is being adopted as an adjuvant therapy for cancer.
The most promising use of shark cartilage in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system. At the same time, drugs based on shark cartilage are used as chondroprotectors, substances that prevent the destruction of the cartilage tissue of the joint. The fact is that inflammatory diseases of the joints such as osteoarthritis. Cause the destruction of intra-articular cartilage, which can further lead to its complete disappearance. The role of intra-articular cartilage is to ensure the normal functioning of the joint, by preventing the contact surface of the bones. Cartilage tissue also plays a certain role in the development of synovial fluid, which performs a function similar to lubricating oils in moving mechanisms.
If you allow the development of the disease to the complete destruction of cartilage. The joint will not be able to perform its function, which threatens with disability or replacing the joint with an artificial prosthesis. Such an outcome can be avoided through the use of chondroprotectors, which can, if not completely solve the problem, then at least put off the onset of disability for a significant period.
A natural question arises, if the disease has an inflammatory nature, then it may make sense to confine ourselves to taking anti-inflammatory diseases, especially given their pronounced analgesic effect? After all, any inflammation is accompanied by pain. And pain is what makes a person think about the need for action. But the fact is that anti-inflammatory drugs that are effective in relieving pain and inflammation do not solve, and often aggravate, the problem of cartilage destruction. That is, their action provides a temporary effect, while the pathological process is not interrupted, but continues its development. And this is without taking into account the large number of undesirable effects on the part of the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and other systems that occur while taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). AND, if you avoid taking NSAIDs due to severe pain, it is necessary to minimize the duration of the reception. A good alternative is to take chondroprotectors, which are based on the shark cartilage, as they have not only the ability to protect cartilage, but also a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect. The anti-inflammatory effect of shark cartilage preparations is provided by a high content of inflammatory protein inhibitors.
При выборе хондропротектора на основе акульего хряща необходимо обратить внимание на страну происхождения, так как продукты из стран Юго-Восточной Азии могут содержать в своем составе потенциально опасные субстанции (что в очередной раз было продемонстрировано выявлением канцерогенов в препаратах валсартана, произведенных на основе субстанции из Китая), а также ценовой доступностью препарата. Вопрос цены актуален в связи с тем, что хондропротекторы следует принимать курсами, несколько раз в течение года.
Of the huge number of chondroprotectors represented on the Russian market, Artrofish, TM Doctor More, deserves special attention. The drug is based on the cartilage of fish, one of which is a shark. The drug was prepared using the method of enzymatic hydrolysis, which allowed to preserve all the valuable components of the original product. This technology also contributes to the splitting of collagen of cartilage tissue into molecules that can be absorbed in the intestine and delivered to the affected joint with their further inclusion into the structure of the joint cartilage.
The drug „Artrofish“ comes in capsules, convenient for oral administration, has a high degree of safety and efficacy.
It is important to note that in spite of the fact that “Artrofish” is classified as a dietary supplement, its effectiveness has been confirmed by clinical studies.