Chondroitin: Shark vs. Bovine Cartilage

 Photo Credit: Andrea Izzotti

Decades of research suggests that shark and bovine cartilage, both sources of Chondroitin sulfate, are equally effective in treating ailments such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, hemorrhoids, acne, poison ivy, etc. However, it’s important to note that from a social and environmental standpoint, bovine cartilage is a much better choice due to the fact that there are already hundreds of other bovine by-products already used by humans for centuries.

[Editor’s note: By-Product is defined as a secondary or incidental product, as in a process of manufacturing.]

The following is a list of some of the by-products we receive from bovines (cows):

From Glands and Organs:

  • Medicines
  • Plastic
  • Soap
  • Tires
  • Insulation
  • Fertilizer
  • Cosmetics
  • Asphalt

From Hide and Hair:

  • Shoes
  • Luggage
  • Wallets
  • Softballs
  • Baseball Gloves
  • Upholstery
  • Violin Strings
  • Drum Heads

From Bones and Horns:

  • Chinaware
  • Ice Cream
  • Photo Film
  • Wallpaper Paste
  • Piano Keys
  • Vitamin Capsules
  • Candy
  • Knife Handles
  • Combs
  • Chewing Gum
  • Lipstick
  • Wallpaper Paste

Sharks, on the other hand are considered an endangered species. I feel that it is inhumane and unnecessary to contribute to the slaughter of sharks in order to receive only a few valuable by-products.

I am sure you will agree that contributing to the slaughter of an endangered species is a solid reason to only use bovine cartilage, considering that both forms a cartilage are equally effective.

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