Shark liver oil was used for hundreds of years along the coastal areas of Scandinavia. This folk medicine was used for wound healing, respiratory tract ailments, digestive problems, significant swelling in the lymphatic system (such as swollen lymph nodes), boosting the immune system and as an anti-aging remedy (general rejuvenation).
ALKYLGLYCEROLS ARE NATURAL IN THE BODY.
The highest concentration of alkylglycerols in the human body is in bone marrow (0.2 percent) and spleen (.05 percent). They are naturally found in breast milk (0.1 percent).
Bone marrow is the birthplace of immune cells, red blood cells, and platelets. It is well established that alkylglycerols boost the production of all three of these cells types, providing nourishment to the bone marrow. This is one of the mechanisms of support for a major disease which tends to suppress all three of these important cell types.
The spleen is part of the immune system, especially assisting with anti-bacterial duties. Accumulation of alkylglycerols in the spleen implies importance as part of an immune support team.
The fact that alkylglycerols are part of breast milk means they are likely to support immune function and/or nourish the bone marrow derived cells that are needed for babies. An animal study has shown that supplementing the mother with alkylglycerols boost the antibody status in her baby, increasing both IgG and IgM antibody levels during nursing. This study provides a theoretical basis for a lactating mother to use supplemental alkylglycerols to boost the immune support quality of her milk.
BENEFITS OF ALKYLGLYCEROLS (SLO):
- Helps to improve the body's immune defense system to minimize colds, flu, and chronic infections.
- Improve inflammatory conditions such as asthma, psoriasis and arthritis.
- Reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, such as a drop in white blood cells.
- Enhance wound healing
- SLO has Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Anti-tumor potency.
- Anti-tumor activity as an alternative support therapy for a major disease.
- It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can contribute to cell membrane function ( anti-aging)
- Assist with Obesity related chronic diseases
OBESITY RELATED CHRONIC DISEASES
Obesity has become a common public health issue with a cluster of metabolic abnormalities. The incidence of obesity-related chronic diseases is increasing rapidly worldwide Evidence has accumulated indicating that obesity is closely associated with a state of systematic, low-grade inflammation characterized by activation of inflammatory signaling pathways and abnormal cytokine production in adipose tissue
ANTI-TUMOR ACTIVITY, SUCH AS AN ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT THERAPY FOR THE BIG ”C”.
In 1952 a Swedish doctor, Astrid Brohult, observed that feeding bone marrow extracts from fresh calf bones to children with leukemia tended to raise their white blood counts. Her biochemist husband spent years trying to figure out the active compound, which he discovered to be alkylglycerols. They brought their discovery to a pharmaceutical company, who had trouble extracting enough alkylglycerols from bone marrow for commercial use. This company’s researchers figured out that the best source of alkylglycerols was the Greenland shark, whose liver oil contains up to 50 percent alkylglycerols. (Squalene)
Squalene is a polyunsaturated hydrocarbon with a formula of C₃₀H₅₀. Squalene can be found in certain fish oils, especially shark liver oil, in high amounts and some vegetable oils in relatively smaller amounts. Human sebum also contains 13% squalene as one of its major constituents. Squalane is a saturated derivative of squalene and also found in these sources. Interest in squalene has been raised after its characterization in shark liver oil which is used as a traditional medicine for decades. Several studies exhibited results that prove certain bioactivities for squalene and squalane. Up to date, antioxidant, drug carrier, detoxifier, skin hydrating, and emollient activities of these substances have been reported both in animal models and in vitro environments. According to promising results from recent studies, squalene and squalane are considered important substances in practical and clinical uses with a huge potential in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries.