Cartilage Facts

Cartilage therapy history

There is nothing new about Bovine Cartilage Therapy. It was introduced to the United States since 1954 when using cartilage to treat patients in his private practice, Dr Prudden accumulated clinical notes and studies(1) over a period of 40 years indicating Bovine cartilage's effectiveness in treating a wide range of conditions including:

Seeing Bovine Cartilage effective in such a wide range of ailments Dr Prudden theorized that the cartilage had a modulating effect on the immune system stimulating it to resist cancers and viruses but suppressing it in rheumatoid diseases. This theory has been backed up by studies conducted by Brian Durie, M.D. at the University of Arizona (2)

During the 1960s Judah Folkman M.D. while working at Harvard Medical School studied the effects of Bovine Cartilage on the blood vessel networks in tumours. His work followed up by studies by Robert Langer, SC.D. and Anne Lee, Ph.D led to the theory of anti-angiogenesis. The inhibition of blood vessel networks in solid tumors. This has been demonstrated By Dr Greg Harper and his team at CSIRO using CAM (chicken embryos) assays in work carried out for Australian Cartilage Company. Dr Folkman continued his work with cartilage and currently has two derivatives of Heparin Sulphate, angiostatin and endostatin under clinical trial with the FDA. Heparin Sulphate is one of the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) present in Bovine Cartilage.

Traditionally Bovine cartilage has only been available in powder or tablet format. Using its existing knowledge Australian Cartilage Company has designed a process that delivers a natural product in liquid form. Liquid offers many benefits in that it is far easier to take, is more readily absorbed through the gut and can be readily mixed in fruit juices etc.

There are laboratories worldwide, right now, investigating cartilage or its various components

Further reading:
(1) Prudden, J.F., Nishihara, G., and Baker,L. 1957 "acceleration of Wound Healing with Cartilage-1", Surgery, Gynocology and Obstetrics 105:283
Prudden J.F. 1985 "The Treatment of Himan Cancer with Agents Prepared from Bovine Cartilage". Journal of Biological Response Modifiers 4:583,4:551-584
(2) Durie, Brian G.M., et.al. 1985. "An Assessment of the anti-mitotic Activity of Catrix¬S in the Human Stem Cell Assay". Journal of Biological Reponse Modifiers 4:590-95

Liquid cartilage or powder cartilage

Until recently cartilage was only available in powder form. Australian Cartilage Company have developed a technique that hydrolyses (turning liquid) cartilage using a completely natural process, much like a block of solid ice melts to water when its conditions are changed, unlocking its molecules. Using a natural process, we unwind the proteins in cartilage leaving it in liquid form. No harsh chemicals or heat treatments. The advantage of cartilage in liquid form is that it is 100% digestible and useable by the body (bioavailability), unlike powders where up to 50%, depending on the age of the source animal, may be indigestible and pass straight through the digestive system as waste. This is because as cartilage ages it osteofies or becomes more bone like and your body cannot break down. Cartilage in the liquid form is already pre-digested and ready for your body to use, no waste.

Some of the more obvious benefits are:
1. As cartilage ages it osteofies (becomes more bone like), this osteofied cartilage is indigestible and unusable by your body. In powders the component of this osteofied cartilage can be up to 50%. This osteofied cartilage will show up in tests done in laboratories where they use harsh chemicals to break it down for testing. Unfortunately, your stomach cannot beak it down. In liquid cartilage every molecule of product is available for your body to use
2. Powders are often difficult to take. Included in drinks, not all the powder dissolves and your left with that gritty feeling on your tongue and some powder stays on the bottom of the glass. Liquid cartilage can be taken straight off the spoon or if you don't like the taste it mixes immediately with fruit juice or cordial
3. Liquids are much easier to measure out, so the risk of over or under dosing is substantially reduced

Shark cartilage or Bovine cartilage

Until recently Cartilage was only available in powder form. Australian Cartilage Company have developed a technique that hydrolyses(turning liquid) cartilage using a completely natural process, much like a block 0 solid ice melts to water when its conditions are changed, unlocking its molecules. Using a natural process, we unwind the proteins in cartilage leaving it in liquid form. No harsh chemicals or heat treatments. Of COUI the advantage of cartilage in liquid form is that it is 100% digestible ani useable by the body(bioavailability), unlike powders where up to 50%, depending on the age of the source animal, may be indigestible and pa~ straight through the digestive system as waste. This is because as carti ages it osteofies or becomes more bone like and your body cannot brea down. Cartilage in the liquid form is already pre-digested and ready for your body to use, no waste.
While we can and do manufacture shark cartilage we mainly deal in Bovine( cow) cartilage, there are a number of good reasons for this, Shark cartilage generally comes from older animals, up to 30 or 40 yea old, with Bovine, the age is more controllable and we use animals no m than 18 months old. This is important because as cartilage ages it ostec (becomes more bone like), this osteofied cartilage is indigestible and unusable. In powders the components of this osteofied cartilage such a~ Chondroitin Sulphate will show up in analysis but is unusable by the boe
1. All of the credible research and literature available relate to bovin cartilage. Some of these studies date back over 40 years. High Ie' of Shark cartilage awareness is the result of intensive marketing rather than substantial research. We are of course aware of the realities of business and this is why, if required, we can also provi shark cartilage.
2. No issues with heavy metal residues. Because sharks are at the e of the food chain and are such long lived animals they can accumulate quite high levels of heavy metals, while this is not a common problem it does exist but is avoided using bovine.
3. Shark numbers are being rapidly depleted and many species are r on the endangered list, also Victoria has banned the bringing of sharks over a certain size back to port(heavy metal concerns) thi~ causes some supply problems. There are no supply issues with bovine
Some of the more obvious benefits are:
4. As cartilage ages it osteofies (becomes more bone like), this osteofied cartilage is indigestible and unusable by your body. In powders the component of this osteofied cartilage can be up to 50% This osteofied cartilage will show up in tests done in laboratories where they use harsh chemicals to break it down for testing. Unfortunately your stomach cannot beak them down. This problem doesn't arise with liquid cartilage as we have already broken it down for you and every molecule of product is available for your body to use.
5. Powders are often difficult to take. Included in drinks, not all the powder dissolves and your left with that gritty feeling on your tonguE and some powder stays on the bottom of the glass. Liquid cartilage, can be taken straight off the spoon or if you don't like the taste it mixes immediately with fruit juice or cordial.
6. liquids are much easier to measure out so the risk of over or under dosing is substantially reduced
 

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