Bovine cartilage
Bovine cartilage


Cartilage is a substance in the body that provides structural support. Bovine cartilage comes from cows (bovine). It's used in dietary supplements.

Bovine cartilage might work by providing chemicals needed for rebuilding cartilage in people with osteoarthritis. It might also help reduce swelling and help wounds heal.

People use bovine cartilage for osteoarthritis, wound healing, recovery from laser skin therapy, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse bovine cartilage with shark cartilage or chondroitin sulfate. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Bovine cartilage is possibly safe. It's been used safely for up to 5 years. Side effects might include diarrhea and stomach upset.

There is some concern about catching animal-borne diseases from products that come from animals. But there aren't any reports of diseases being transmitted through cartilage products.

When applied to the skin: Bovine cartilage is possibly safe for most people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if bovine cartilage is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using bovine cartilage for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of bovine cartilage might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Bovine Cartilage interacts with any medicines. Before taking Bovine Cartilage, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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