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Monday, September 28, 2009




Mesoglycan is a mucopolysaccharide complex that is extracted from calf aorta or synthetically created and taken in pill or capsule form as a dietary supplement. Mucopolysaccharides are long molecular chains of sugar. They are used by the body in the building of connective tissues, such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. The substance is related to the blood-thinning drug heparin, and the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. Both are used to treat joint pain and arthritis.

What other names is Mesoglycan known by?

Aortic Glycosaminoglycans, Aortic GAGs, Glycosaminoglycans, Heparinoid Fraction, Heparinoids, Mucopolysaccharide, Sulfomucopolysaccharide.

What is Mesoglycan?

Mesoglycan is a substance obtained from cow lung or blood vessels (aorta), or pig intestine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Treating poor circulation that can lead to varicose veins and other conditions.
  • Treating leg ulcers.
  • Reducing blood levels of certain fats called triglycerides.
  • Reducing pain when walking in people with a disease called peripheral arterial disease.
  • Improving thinking and quality of life in people with limited blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease).

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Preventing blood clots in the legs and lungs (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism).
  • Treating stroke.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hemorrhoids, atherosclerosis (a type of heart disease), inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis), and other conditions.

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