Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat is an ingredient that commonly finds its way into diet pills under a number of different possible names. While it may be listed in this way on an ingredients list, it could also be identified as HEP-30, chitosane, mono-carboxymethylated chitosan, N-Carboxybutyl Chitosane, N,O-Sulfated Chitosan, Sulfated O-Carboxymethylchitosan, Trimethyl Chitosan Chloride, and others.
This substance is extracted from shellfish shells. Common sources include shrimp, crab and lobster. It is used in a number of different kinds of natural medicine, including weight loss supplements. That said, beyond being an obesity treatment, it is also used for treating Crohn’s disease, high cholesterol, anemia, loss of appetite, loss of strength and insomnia.
That said, there is quite a bit of debate as to whether or not this substance actually does anything for weight loss or many other conditions. The reason is that Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat is frequently used in pharmaceutical manufacturing as a non-active ingredient. It is used as a filler in many tablets. It is also used as a gradual-release drug carrier, as a substance to help improve the rate at which a tablet will dissolve, and as a material that will mask the bitter taste in some oral medications.
Since Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat is used as a kind of neutral substance in that way, many people feel that it won’t provide any active reactions within the body to the point that it would be considered a treatment for a condition.
That said, other people feel that this fibrous substance works effectively to block cholesterol and fat absorption by the body.
According to research, there is some potential that it may be beneficial in helping with post plastic surgery scar formation prevention, gum disease treatment and assistance in correcting issues of anemia, high cholesterol, appetite, strength, and sleep problems among people who have suffered kidney failure and who are receiving hemodialysis over the long term.
However, in terms of its effectiveness for weight loss, it is considered to have insufficient evidence at best. There has been very limited research suggesting that it can be combined with a calorie restricted diet for a small amount of weight reduction. However, when used without calorie reduction, no weight loss results from taking Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat. There have been other studies that show the substance to be more promising. Unfortunately, they have been heavily criticized for flaws in their design.
As the primary source of Enzymatic Polychitosamine Hydrolisat is shellfish, this substance is not appropriate for people who have shellfish allergies.