Shark Cartilage for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Some years ago there was a controlled study (not double blind ) for patients with late stage brain tumors may unoperable. Do to the seriousness of these conditions a plecebo was a moot point. Anyway, during the study it was noted that some folks with arthritis (many with rheumatoid) began to experience increased mobility and even going up steps where before that was simply impossible or excruciating. Not being a rheumatologist I plead some ignorance but for lack of better terminology I recall that the researchers discovered that a peptide or polymer rapidly entered the synovial fluid as a form of defense mechanism, but there was a catch. This response mechanism actually overwhelmed the joint and caused inflamation and pain. In short the intake of shark cartilage apparently "redistributed" this overzealous defense (helpful defense) throughout the body thereby allowing it's original intentions to not harbor a pool of irritating yet potentially helpful peptides. I have noticed that some pharmacies and health food stores have shark cartilage as one of the ingredients in lets say glucosamin,chrondrotin and even msm. Anyway, maybe this is helpful?