Product code: P0318
Chitosan is derived from chitin, which is found in the exoskeletons of shellfish such as crabs and prawns. It is similar to plant fibre in that it cannot be digested by the human body.
Chitosan is a fat blocker, as it acts as sponge - absorbing four to six times its weight in fat as it passes through the digestive tract. It thereby flushes fat out of the body before it becomes metabolised and stored as excess body weight.
So far, studies have shown that Chitosan may help to lower total blood cholesterol levels, raising the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) which protects against heart disease. It is also reputed to prevent tooth decay and act as an antacid.
Chitosan should not be used by people with an allergy to shellfish, or by pregnant or lactating women.