Chitosan is a supplement that promotes the loss of weight by not allowing fat to be absorbed by the body. It comes from an element in the skeletal areas of shellfish like lobster and crabs. Chitosan, when consumed orally acts like a fat sponge. As it passes through the small intestine it absorbs five to seven times it’s weight in fat, flushing it out of the body before it is metabolized and stored as excess body weight. But don’t get too excited just yet. True, Chitosan has the ability to absorb the fatty content of the food you eat before the fat is absorbed by the body. True, this allows you to eat your favorite fatty foods without fear of gaining weight. That’s what you can do.
But this is what you can’t do. You can’t assume you now have a license to overeat, and you can’t take Chitosan for more than two weeks at a time. The reason is, while Chitosan is cleaning the fat out of your body, it has a bad habit of also cleaning out the good vitamins like Vitamins A,D,E, and K. So long term use of Chitosan is ill advised. Just to be on the safe side, take additional supplements of Vitamins A,D,E, and K. Also it’s a good idea to take Omega-3 and Flax supplements. If you follow these guidelines, Chitosan can be used safely.
There’s even more good news about Chitosan. Tests have shown that those taking Chitosan have fewer precancerous polyps in their colons than those who have not taken it. Tests have also shown that Chitosan can significantly lower total blood cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Chitosan also prevents tooth decay and is an excellent antacid. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of distilled water daily while taking Chitosan. This supplement works best when you follow a sensible diet and exercise program. Caution
Do not take Chitosan if you are allergic to shellfish.
Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant, lactating, or under the age of 18.