What is Chitosan?
Chitosan was first discovered and used in the process of pollution control (like that Exxon oil spill.) There are oodles of scientific studies and papers on this product for all kinds of health challenges as well as pollution control challenges, but when I ask my clients if they have ever heard of Chitosan for their cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight issues, kidney challenges and yeast problems—most have never heard of the product.
Nine Health Benefits of Chitosan:
1.Chitosan helps with Weight Loss: Several studies have demonstrated Chitosan as being superior in fat absorption. Chitosan, depending on the source and quality, can bind from 4-10 times it’s weight in fat. That means less fat being absorbed into your system to be laid down as cellulite. One study showed that participants using Chitosan lost and average of 8% body weight in just four weeks. According to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Surgeon General, most of the top 10 causes of death are attributable to health risks associated with excess body fat.
2.Chitosan Decreases LDL cholesterol: Chitosan lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while elevating the HDL (good cholesterol) as it binds bile acids in the small intestine preventing their reabsorption into the bloodstream.
3.High Blood Pressure: Chitosan was effective in lowering blood pressure possibly by reducing sodium absorption.
4.Candida Overgrowth (Yeast infections): Candida overgrowth affects millions of people. In one Japanese study, it was proven that Chitosan actually killed Candida.
5.Helps improve Kidney Function: One preliminary study showed a 43% lowering of total cholesterol in people being treated with kidney dialysis who took 4 grams/day for 12 weeks.
6.Chitosan increases the absorption of calcium making it more readily absorbed by the body.
7.Colon Cancer Preventative? When feces does not pass through the intestine in a timely manner (as in the case of colon cancer and psoriasis) toxins build up and get reabsorbed back into the system. One study showed that taking 3-6 grams of Chitosan per day (about 6-12 capsules) for two weeks reduced putrefaction indicators associated with constipation and excess toxin build-up in the bowels.
8.Chitosan provides insoluble fiber in our diets which, these days, are normally low in fiber.
9.Helps with constipation. Because Chitosan polymerizes with fat globules, these globules soften the stool.
Chitosan is comprised of finely ground exoskeletons of shellfish such as crabs, shrimp, and muscles. After being ground up, the shells are processed with deacetylation which reorganizes this insoluble cellulose-like fiber, giving it a positive charge.
Now, fat and cholesterol inside our digestive system has a negative charge. When the positive and negative charges combine (this is a basic law of physics,) it creates a big glob of polymerized fat in our stomach which can now travel though and out the intestines.
How to take Chitosan:
There are three different ways to take this product, and it works better when taken with Vitamin C (500mg. Vitamin C for every two capsules of Chitosan):
1.Take 1-2 capsules/day with your other supplements.
2.Take 1-4 capsules just before bedtime with a small amount of water as an aid in decreasing LDL cholesterol.
3.Take 1-6 capsules 30-60 minutes before ingesting a high fat meal.
We have used Chitosan all three ways. I have a baggie of them in my purse for “emergency eating situations.” I use them mostly when I know I will be exposed to saturated fats. Unsaturated fats are good for our bodies in reasonable amounts, but most of our diets have WAY more fat that we really need. It’s hidden everywhere. (For more on this discussion, read my Eicosinoid Survey.)
Sixty-six percent of our population is overweight, so most of us know that no matter how careful we try to be, no matter how much exercise we do, how many salads we eat, and how much we deny ourselves of goodies, it only takes one splurge to ruin all of our work.
Chitosan can help us with these occasional poor eating choices.
Notes and Contraindications for this product:
•People who are shellfish allergic may need to be careful using this product. Some people may have signs of this kind of allergy after taking the product for several months. Stop taking it immediately if this happens. Other alternatives include Red Rice Yeast and Beta Stitosterol.
•Taken in large amounts, for long periods of time, Chitosan binds up the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins should not be taken at the same time as the Chitosan.
•Pregnant and nursing mothers should OK this supplement with their health care provider (who hopefully is in the know about alternative treatments.)
•Those with fat malabsorption syndromes should not take this product.
Chitosan is a dietary fiber derived from ground shells of crustaceans:
Because Chitosan is an all natural product and does not contain any stimulants it is an entirely safe product to use. Chitosan is derived from shellfish, you may want to avoid the product if you have allergy to shellfish, otherwise, Chitosan is completely safe.
The dietry fiber of Chitosan attaches to fat and cholesterol in the stomach and prohibits its absorption in the digestive tract.
One of the many remarkable diet control supplements that can substantially contribute to weight loss is Chitosan. Chitosan is a naturally occurring substance that resembles cellulose in its structure and is derived from a polysaccharide called chitin. Chitin is primarily found in the exoskeletons of shellfish such as shrimps, crustaceans and crabs. Shells of these animals are crushed into a fine powder. This powder is passed through a process of deacetylation resulting in the formation of Chitosan.
The most remarkable property of Chitosan is that it is a special fiber that acts as an effective fat binder at the rate of six to ten times its weight. The soaked up fat molecules are then converted into a form that is not suitable for absorption. Being a non-digestible substance, consumption of Chitosan does not add any additional calories into the body. Recent research has found that Chitosan has the ability to interfere with fat digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. Apart from this, Chitosan also facilitates the excretion of dietary fat through feces. Research has shown that consumption of Chitosan in combination with ascorbic acid would reduce the fat levels significantly.
Along with controlling weight, Chitosan also has other health benefits. Chitosan has shown to effectively control the blood serum cholesterol levels. Research has shown that Chitosan could increase the level of HDL cholesterol in the body, while lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body. Chitosan performs the function of a cholestryramine and is particularly beneficial to patients suffering with coronary heart diseases.
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