Vaginas And Sharks Have Something In Common (No, It's Not Teeth)
<a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/207811/the-research-guide-to-bodily-fluids-by-paul-spinrad" target="_hplink">Natural vaginal lubricant</a> is composed of sweat, sebum, cervical mucus, exfoliated cells, urea, acetic and lactic acids, complex alcohols, <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003585.htm">ketones</a> and (here's the kicker) squalene. Ever heard of it? This organic compound isn't exclusive to humans -- it's also found in the liver of sharks, says Lissa Rankin, MD, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Down-There-Questions-Gynecologist/dp/0312644361/ref=sr_1_1?amp=&ie=UTF8&qid=1351528876&sr=8-1&tag=thehuffingtop-20" target="_blank"><i>What's Up Down There?</i></a> And now for something you didn't know about <i>sharks'</i> bodies: Squalene derived from shark liver oil <a href="http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-act/shark-squalene" target="_hplink">is sometimes added to moisturizers and skin creams</a>, where it acts as an emollient. What's more, recent studies cited by the American Cancer Society have found that <a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/pharmacologicalandbiologicaltreatment/shark-liver-oil" target="_blank"> in the lab, shark-derived squalene seemed to protect normal human cells from the detrimental effects of chemotherapy drugs </a> without inhibiting the drugs' effect on cancer cells.