Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate have been on the market for several years. Manufacturers have saturated the airwaves with commercials about the benefits of supplements in the fight against arthritis. Shark cartilage is another supplement that is sold in stores around the world.
Glucosamine Sulfate–Our body manufactures glucosamine as it breaks down foods into useful components. This substance results from combining glutamine and glucose. It is an important part of the material needed for healthy joints.
Chondroitin—This substance provides structure for joint tissues. It seems to work best when combined with glucosamine.
The uses for all of these ingredients have traditionally been for improving the condition of the joints from changes caused by age, injury, and arthritis. Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate have been studied relentlessly in this area. Some studies show positive results, especially in improving knee arthritis. Other studies show nothing.
The best proof for me was in using these two substances on my own aging joints. I definitely notice an improvement when I take these two supplements on flexibility and pain. I have not asked the doctor about it, but since they are completely harmless, I see no reason to stop taking them.
It appears that glucosamine and chondroitin work well in combination with each other. They work synergistically with sulfate to improve joint cartilage, inhibit inflammation, improve pain, and increase joint fluid.
Shark cartilage contains glucosamine, so it should also help with arthritis and inflammation. This supplement became a big fad in the 90s after a book claimed that sharks don’t get cancer. Some people believed that shark cartilage would block cancer from creating blood vessels to nourish a tumor. The topic is very controversial now. Actually, sharks do get cancer and their cartilage has no effect on the disease.
A recent study conducted in Norway by the Journal of International Medical Research offers a huge promise to people with all types of hairloss. Basically, the study in 2000 concluded that marine concentrate increased hair growth a whopping 32.4%. They qualify the study with the acknowledgement that further research is needed, but that shot shark cartilage into the stratosphere in popularity.
What I Like
I like that this supplement comes from shellfish and shark sources. So far, there are no reports of side effects or toxicity. People with allergies to shellfish need to be careful with this one.
What I Don’t Like
I don’t like the price. It is expensive as are any supplements that contain glucosamine.
Would I buy this? Yes. I recommend this product highly because the research was conducted fairly. You will get the added benefit of less pain and joint improvement.