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Chitosan by Now Foods

500 mg with Chromium, 120 Capsules


Regular Retail: $14.99
Our low price: $8.61, 2 for $16.78, 6 for $47.19

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Item #: NOW020253
UPC: 733739020253
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Chitosan is a dietary fiber derived from the shells of crustaceans that has been shown in non-clinical studies to bind to fat and cholesterol in the digestive tract. NOW® Chitosan contains LipoSan Ultra™, a patented high-density form of Chitosan that binds up to five times more fat than conventional Chitosan according to laboratory testing.

A published clinical study has demonstrated that LipoSan Ultra™, taken as directed, may aid in the support of healthy body weight and serum cholesterol levels already within the normal range. NOW has also included Chromium in this formula. Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose levels and plays an important role in the proper utilization of protein, fat and carbohydrates.*


Supplemental Facts
Serving Size: 3 Capsules
Servings per Container: 40
Chromium (from Chromium Chelavite®) 300 mcg 250%
LipoSan Ultra™ Chitosan 1.5 g (1,500 mg) †
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Magnesium Stearate and Silica.

Contains shellfish (shrimp) derivative.

Contains no: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

Caution: Persons with allergies to shellfish should refrain from using this product. Not to be used by pregnant or lactating women.

Suggested Usage

As a dietary supplement, take 3 capsules with each meal. Refrain from taking Chitosan 4 hours before or after the ingestion of fat soluble vitamins (I.e., A,D,E,K) or any medications.

Additional Information


Chitosan FAQ's

What is Chitosan?

Chitosan is a unique fat-absorbing dietary fiber that inhibits the absorption of dietary fat during digestion. While various fibers perform this function, Chitosan seems to be the most effective. After months of reviewing different suppliers of Chitosan, NOW chose Liposan Ultra™ Chitosan. This brand of Chitosan dissolves rapidly in stomach acid and almost immediately begins binding to ingested dietary fat, greatly reducing the amount that is absorbed during digestion.

In fact, studies show that Liposan Ultra® binds several times more dietary fat than other leading national brands, which means you get more value. Once dietary fat is bound by Chitosan, it is excreted through normal digestive processes.

Chitosan is derived from the chitin of shellfish. Chitin is a polysaccharide found in the exoskeletons of shellfish and crustaceans. It is a unique dietary fiber that is indigestible, so it does not contribute to the amount of ingested carbohydrates.

How many grams of fat will be absorbed by two capsules of Chitosan?

As with many dietary supplements, different people will experience different results depending on a number of factors, including body type, metabolism, and diet. NOW uses the Liposan Ultra™ brand of Chitosan because studies show that Liposan Ultra™ binds several times more dietary fat than other leading national brands. In vitro, Liposan Ultra™ was shown to absorb up to 88 grams of fat, but this doesn’t mean it will necessarily have the same effect when ingested by humans. Studies are ongoing.

We often get questions concerning an erroneous claim that there is an easy experiment that can be done at home to show how Chitosan absorbs fat. The experiment involves melting ¼ teaspoon of butter in two cups of hot water, then sprinkling ¼ gram of Chitosan on top of the water/butter mixture. In a short time, you’re supposed to be able to see Chitosan binding the butter, forming lumps on the surface and leaving the water fat-free. This is not an accurate experiment because Chitosan must be broken down by stomach acids before actively binding to dietary fat. Water will not activate Chitosan, and water-soluble fo

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