Chitosan

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What other names is Chitosan known by?

Ascorbate de Chitosane, Chitosan Ascorbate, Chitosane, Chitosane Déacétylé, Chitosane Mono-Carboxyméthylé, Deacetylated Chitosan, Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat, HEP-30, Hydrolisat Enzymatique de Polychitosamine, Mono-Carboxymethylated Chitosan, N-Carboxybutyl Chitosan, N-Carboxybutyl Chitosane, N,O-Sulfated Chitosan, O-Sulfated N-Acetylchitosan, Quitosano, Sulfated N-Carboxymethylchitosan, Sulfated O-Carboxymethylchitosan, Trimethyl Chitosan Chloride.

What is Chitosan?

Chitosan is an indigestible sugar. It is obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, including crab, lobster, and shrimp.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Patients with kidney failure who are on chronic hemodialysis. When ingested by these patients, chitosan may reduce high cholesterol; improve anemia; and improve physical strength, appetite, and sleep.
  • Treating periodontitis, a dental condition.
  • Helping to remake tissue after plastic surgery.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Weight loss and obesity, high cholesterol, Crohn's disease (an intestinal disorder), dental cavities, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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