Chitosan Facts And Information

Chitosan

Chitosan is basically a form or type of sugar acquired from the exoskeleton of shellfishes such as lobsters, crabs and shrimp. Its supplement is known in the field of medicine today to help lower cholesterol levels and treat obesity, Crohn’s disease and complications faced by kidney failure patients. It also helps in the treatment of anemia, fatigue and insomnia. There are other uses to chitosan: some are proven while some are backed by insufficient medical evidences.

COMMON KNOWN USES

This sugar from common shellfishes is believed to offer various health benefits such as follows:

– Helps relieve symptoms and complications suffered by kidney patients who undergo long-term hemodialysis. The supplement is reported to reduce high cholesterol levels, help treat anemia and improve the patient’s appetite, physical strength and ease trouble with sleeping (insomnia).

– Helps relieve and treat the dental condition periodontitis. The direct application of chitosan ascorbate in one’s gums is known to provide relief.

– Helps remake and rebuild tissues after a cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery.

– Although backed by insufficient evidence, the supplement is reported to help fight obesity and assist in effective weight loss. it is said to flush fat out through a person’s intestines.

– Various developing studies suggest that the substance combined with ascorbic acid can help in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, a digestive disorder.

Even though this sugar is associated with a number of health benefits, further studies are still being developed to validate its positive effects.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

The supplement is known to be generally safe when taken orally in a short period of time (six months) and directly applied to the skin. However, when taken orally, side effects such as constipation, stomach upset and gas may be experienced.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

– For pregnant and breast-feeding mothers: There is no sufficient evidence regarding the safety or danger of the substance to pregnant and lactating women. Thus, it is best to avoid use to ensure safety.

– For individuals with shellfish allergy: Since the substance is obtained from the outer skeleton or shell of various shellfishes. There is an ongoing concern among people who have allergies with seafoods and shellfishes. Although there are no concrete evidences yet, most are apprehensive about the substance’s safety. However, the allergic reaction to shellfishes is said to be caused by the meat, not the shell (after all, people do not normally consume the shell or outer skeleton). Thus, a lot of medical experts assume that the substance is safe for individuals who are allergic to shellfishes.

INTERACTION

Warfarin, a blood thinner, is said to interact with chitosan. Taking the two together or simultaneously may increase bruising and bleeding.

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