Diet Pills With Chitosan

Chitosan Diet PillsChitosan is a generic term rather than a specific diet pill brand.

Chitosan is a staple ingredient in a number of commercially available diet pills from the high street or via the internet.

A majority of non prescription diet pills are natural and herbal based – Chitosan, although natural, is derived from the exoskeletons of shellfish, it is a fibre complex consisting of extracts of shrimp and crab.

Diet Pills With Chitosan As An Ingredient

Chitosan is a fat blocker – fat blockers stop the absorption of a percentage of dietary fat.

One of the most commonly known and widely used prescription only fat blockers is Xenical (Orlistat). Xenical is not based around natural ingredients, it is very much a chemically produced diet drug.

Chitosan Clinical Studies

There are some pretty outrageous and unsubstantiated claims about Chitosan on many diet pill related web sites from sellers claiming that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight.

However, very little evidence of clinical studies exist to verify these sensationalist claims.

Most of the clinical study that has been undertaken has been carried out on animals – not humans, and so any long term health implications are far from conclusive.

Chitosan Side Effects

To date, the possible short term side effects are very rare – some users may experience the following:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Tightness in chest or throat
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Itchy,  swollen ankles

The above reactions are rare but nonetheless exist – as mentioned above it is not the short term side effects that are of main concern but the potential,  largely unknown longer term.

Is Chitosan Worth Trying

Diet pills that stop fat absorption are generally accepted to be the most effective genre – however, Chitosan is not worth the risk considering the fact that herbal based products exist that offer no short term or long term adverse reaction.

Fat binders are particularly effective – More about Fat Binders