Shark cartilage is quite literally, cartilage taken from a shark. A popular book once suggested that sharks don’t get cancer so taking their cartilage can fight and kill cancer. That myth has since been debunked, but now it is being acclaimed as a hair follicle stimulator.
As I mentioned, shark cartilage became popular around 1990 after a person wrote a book called Sharks Don’t Get Cancer. The idea was presented that sharks do not get cancer because their cartilage blocks cancer cells from creating a blood supply. The logic went on to state that people who took shark cartilage as a supplement would see similar benefits.
There was just one project with the logic behind this theory. It didn’t work. In the year 2,000, scientists reported that shark cartilage does not work for cancer. They went on to state that it had no health benefits at all for humans. In fact, it was proven that sharks did get cancer.
Nevertheless, people still continued using the supplement for cancer. With the studies that involved research into arthritis, shark cartilage held some promise. Since it contained glucosamine, perhaps it would be helpful against arthritis. That is one of the uses for shark cartilage. It continues to be popular even today.
Researchers in Europe have been studying the effectiveness of shark cartilage on hair loss. Some studies show a 32-60% increase in hair growth over 6 to 12 months. They caution that further research is needed, but this is encouraging.
No one knows the mechanism behind the purported increase in hair growth from this substance. Maybe it helps the structures in cells that help nourish hair.
Researchers in the U.S have all but written shark cartilage off as anything useful. They scoff at the studies conducted in other countries. So who do we believe?
What I Like
I like the studies that show some promise for shark cartilage against hair loss. I also like the fact that it will help arthritis. Yes, I know, the researchers still say it doesn’t work. I say it is worth a try if you don’t want to poison yourself with chemicals. After all, some hair loss prescriptions kill male libido.
How to Use
As always, follow the package directions. I would suggest buying a supplement that has more than just one ingredient, so you can benefit from them all.
I recommend using shark cartilage for its benefits it possibly has in fighting hair loss and arthritis. Give it some time, because the European subjects took it for over 6 months. If in the end, it doesn’t work for you, you will only have lost a little money.