Chitosan Benefits and Information

Chitosan is a polysaccharide compound that is found in the shells of sea crustaceans. While chitosan is not digestible, it appears to reduce the absorption of bile acids and cholesterol. It has also been suggested that chitosan may help to reduce weight, heal ulcers, aid digestion, and help the immune system, however, the effectiveness of chitoson for these purposes has not be substantiated by clinical studies.

Chitosan is available in several supplemental forms. When using chitosan for cholesterol support, 1000 to 2000 milligrams twice a day is a typical dosage. Make sure to check purity of any chitosan supplement you intend to take as many chitosan supplements may be contaminated with lead, mercury, iron, copper, and arsenic.

Never take chitosan within two hours of taking vitamins A, D, E and K, flavonoids, carotenoids, or prescription drugs.

Always follow manufacturers recommendations and the advise of your physician.

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