Allergy Research Group MicroChitosan
MicroChitosan contains chitosan oligosaccharides as well as a small amount of chitosan. Both are derived from chitin, which is found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans such as shrimp, lobster or crab.
Chitosan is an aminopolysaccharide that is chemically similar to cellulose. Chitosan oligosaccharides (CO) are manufactured from chitosan by an enzymatic process, resulting in a much smaller molecular size that is more easily absorbed by the body. Chitosan itself is more of a fiber and contributes to detoxification in the GI tract, whereas CO supports detoxification in blood and other tissues.
Possible benefits of MicroChitosan
- May help promote the growth of most species of friendly bifidobacteria and lactobacilli
- May help with lipid peroxidation, and promotes the activity of antioxidant enzymes
- May help provide protection against toxins, including mercury, carbon tetrachloride, and dioxins
- May help provide support for normal blood sugar regulation
- May have immunostimulative effects
The research on chitosan oligosaccharides is extensive, and shows it has great potential to benefit health.