Bovine cartilage

Cartilage is a structurally supportive material in the body. Bovine (cow) cartilage is occasionally used as a medication.

For rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, skin diseases such as scleroderma and psoriasis, herpes infection, and brain cancer, bovine cartilage is taken by mouth or injected beneath the skin.

The theory behind the use of cartilage products for cancer treatment is that because cartilage lacks blood vessels, it must contain substances that prevent the growth of blood vessels around tumors, a process known as angiogenesis. Because bovine cartilage supplements may include the same specific proteins found in human cartilage, they may help with cartilage re-synthesis in osteoarthritis patients. It’s also been hypothesized that bovine cartilage can boost immunological function, although more studies and evidence is needed.

It’s uses

  • Cancer prevention and treatment

Bovine cartilage has been shown to have anticancer properties in small trials. However, no bigger research have been carried out.

  • To treat AIDS (not enough evidence)  
  • In order to boost the immune system
  • To decrease the swelling associated with arthritis. There isn’t enough evidence to back up this claim.

Immune-modulatory effects are thought to boost antibody responses to both T-independent and T-dependent antigens, implying that bovine cartilage’s action is partly owing to a direct influence on B cells or an indirect effect via macrophages. Bovine cartilage is also thought to aid cartilage re-synthesis in osteoarthritis. It has anticancer and immune-modulatory properties, according to in vitro research. It may have anticancer effects, according to clinical data.

Side effects

(Stomachache, Fever, Dizziness, Scrotal swelling, redness)
Allergic reactions: Some individuals may be allergic to bovine cartilage. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms like itching and rash to severe reactions like difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction after taking bovine cartilage, seek immediate medical attention.
Gastrointestinal issues: Bovine cartilage may cause gastrointestinal side effects in some people. This can include symptoms like stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own.
Interactions with medications: Bovine cartilage may interact with certain medications, particularly those that affect blood clotting. If you are taking anticoagulant medications (blood thinners) or have a bleeding disorder, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before using bovine cartilage to avoid potential interactions.
Contaminants: There is a small risk of contaminants in bovine cartilage products, such as bacteria or heavy metals. To minimize this risk, it is important to choose reputable brands and ensure that the product has been properly tested and certified.

It’s important to note that the research on the safety and effectiveness of bovine cartilage supplements is limited, and the side effects mentioned above are based on anecdotal reports and limited studies. If you are considering using bovine cartilage or any other dietary supplement, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss potential risks and benefits, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.