Quitosano is a nonprescription ingredient that is often found in over the counter supplements such as those meant to help people to lose weight. It is a natural ingredient that is sold under a range of different names such as: HEP-30, trimethyl chitosan chloride, enzymatic polychitosamine hydrolisat, deacetylated chitosan, N, O-sulfated chitosan, sulfated O-carboxymethylchitosan, and several others.
In order to obtain quitosano for use in supplements, it is typically extracted from shellfish shells. Among the most common sources of this substance include, lobster, crab and shrimp shells, though others are sometimes used as well. This ingredient is used in a large number of different natural medicine purposes, with weight loss supplements being among the most commonplace. At the same time, other than diet pills, this substance can also be found in supplements meant for people with high cholesterol, Crohn’s disease, anemia, loss of strength, loss of appetite, and insomnia.
It should be noted that because of the way quitosano is sourced, this ingredient may not be safe or appropriate for people who have a shellfish allergy. Though some might not have an adverse reaction, there is a chance that it could trigger an allergic reaction among those who will typically react to this type of sea life.
That said, there isn’t necessarily solid proof that this substance provides any real benefit for people seeking weight loss or even treatment for other conditions for that matter. This ingredient is considered to be quite controversial as study results have been conflicting. The main issue is that quitosano is often used in pharmaceutical product manufacturing as a non-active ingredient. Its purpose is to create a kind of filler for making medication tablets. It can also be used as a drug carrier in gradual release format medications. It might also be used in tablets in order to help to boost the dissolving rate. Sometimes it’s even used to help mask the bitter taste associated with certain oral drugs.
As much of the pharmaceutical industry applies this ingredient in a way that would treat it as though it does not play an active role in the reaction the patient has to the medication, many people feel that it isn’t something that will cause any measurable reaction in terms of treatment for any condition, including weight loss.
At the same time, the fibrous nature of this ingredient causes some people to think that it would somehow help to reduce the cholesterol and dietary fat absorption by the body. As of yet, the only research that suggests this might be true has been done in a lab. There isn’t any solid evidence that indicates this reaction could be anywhere near powerful enough to produce actual measurable weight loss.