Based on what alternative medicine writer, Cathy Wong says, the answer is “NO!”

Here’s an excerpt from her article, Shark Cartilage, Uses, Side Effects & More:

Shark cartilage is said to protect against cancer. Proponents suggest that shark cartilage can fight cancer by slowing or stopping the growth of blood vessels that tumors need to thrive.

So far, most of the studies showing anti-cancer benefits from shark cartilage have been conducted on animals and human cells. Several of these studies indicate that shark cartilage may act as an antiangiogenic agent (a type of substance that stalls the growth of new blood vessels) and, in turn, inhibit the development of cancerous tumors.

Despite these preliminary findings, few clinical trials have demonstrated that shark cartilage may provide anti-cancer benefits. In a 2005 study published in the journal Cancer, for instance, researchers found that shark cartilage failed to improve survival in people with advanced cancer. For the study, 83 advanced-cancer patients were given either shark cartilage or a placebo in combination with standard care. Researchers found no difference in survival between the two groups. Shark cartilage also appeared to have no effect on quality of life.

sharkSometimes it takes time to figure-out how to translate results from a lab test tube to humans; sometimes it can’t be done.  The jury is still out on this one.  There are a number of early trials that include shark cartilage–and a number of other pieces and parts of sea creatures, believe it or not–as one of the ingredients.

I thought about it and it makes sense.  There are so many unique and unusual compounds and combinations of different elements in a vast, unknown ecosystem like an ocean or the Amazon rain forest.  Why not look for a cancer cure there?

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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