What is Chitosan?
Chitosan is a natural polymer extracted from the shells of shrimp and crabs.
Chitosan is a polysaccharide (long chain of sugars) and has a known metabolic pathway. That means any chitosan left in the body is broken down by the bodies normal enzymes and converted into materials routinely present in the body.
Chitosan is digested by lysozyme, a human enzyme present is tears, saliva and mucus. It breaks down into glucosamine (a sugar already present in the body that helps lubricate joints).
Chitosan is used widely and is in such products as medical bandages, diet aids and some cosmetics. It is an approved food ingredient.