Last update: Feb. 22, 2016

Chitosan

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Polysaccharide polymers composed of glucosamine and N-acetylglucosamine which are derived from chitin deacetylation of the exoskeleton of crustaceans
with a molecular weight of 200,000 to over one million daltons and
many industrial, agricultural, veterinary and biomedical uses.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found.
Its high molecular weight makes any passage through breast milk very unlikely.
Product which is devoid of toxicity.

Controlled studies have failed to prove its effectiveness as lipid-lowering or slimming enhancer.
Intake of reduced calorie diets and moderate exercising are accepted as more effective.

Alternatives

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Poor %
Molecular weight > 200000 daltons

References

  1. AESAN. Informe del Comité Científico de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN) sobre condiciones de uso de determinadas sustancias distintas de vitaminas, minerales y plantas para ser empleadas en complementos alimenticios - 1. Revista del comité científico nº 17. 2012 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Jull AB, Ni Mhurchu C, Bennett DA, Dunshea-Mooij CA, Rodgers A. Chitosan for overweight or obesity. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Abstract
  3. Mhurchu CN, Dunshea-Mooij C, Bennett D, Rodgers A. Effect of chitosan on weight loss in overweight and obese individuals: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Obes Rev. 2005 Abstract

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