The Top Chitosan Products with the Best Value for Money!
Chitosan is a lipid (fat) binder – encapsulates fats and cholesterol in the digestive system before they can be absorbed by the body. Thus it is used to support weight loss and to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Chemically, Chitosan is a linear polysaccharide composed of D-glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. Chitosan is normally extracted from the shells of sea crustaceans like shrimps. Chitosan is water soluble and not digestible, and thus it has no calories.
This chitosan reviews article looks at a few top chitosan products and walks you through how I would personally select the product which has the best value for your money. There are numerous Chitosan products in the market, but fundamentally, they are selling the same substance – Chitosan – with possibly some additional ingredients e.g. minerals like Chromium. So, your goal will be to purchase the product that costs the least per gram of Chitosan, at the same time taking into account the quality and reputation of the brand (to make sure you are not buying some low-grade knock-off or fake product).
Here I have selected three top selling brands of Chitosan from bodybuilding.com, namely, NOW Chitosan, Nature’s Science Chitosan, and Universal Chitosan Plus for comparison:
* Prices and discounts are subjected to change but are correct at the time of writing
Judging from the number of capsules, it would appear like NOW Chitosan is the clear winner – offering about twice as many capsules as Nature’s Science and Universal. In this case NOW Chitosan is indeed the winner (as we shall see later), but don’t be misled by the number of capsules, the amount of Chitosan contained in each capsule could vary widely from product to product.
Notice that they have also given you the price per serving, and based on that it seems that Nature’s Science offers Chitosan at the best value for money at $0.08 per serving? Don’t be fooled by that. Look carefully at the number of capsules per serving size, and the amount of Chitosan per serving: they differ for each product. What you really need to do is find out what you are paying for each gram of Chitosan. You can find that out by dividing the price per serving by the amount of Chitosan per serving. If you do that you will find that NOW Chitosan is the product that offers the best price per gram of Chitosan, at $0.13:
As if having the lowest price per gram of Chitosan is not enough, NOW Chitosan also throws in an extra 300 mcg of chromium per serving – an essential mineral required for normal sugar and fat metabolism, which makes it the clear winner! NOW Chitosan also claims to have the best quality Chitosan known as Liposan Ultra which was shown to absorb up to 88 grams of fat, more than other competing national brands. But this is a claim I will leave you to evaluate for yourself.
Recommended Dosage & Precautions to Note
Chitosan is not known to have any adverse side effects. However, as chitosan is derived from shellfish, do not consume Chitosan if you are allergic to shellfish. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing, you should not consume Chitosan, as pregnant or lactating mothers need a greater amount of fat to ensure the health of the infant. If you have any other existing conditions medical conditions or allergies, be sure to consult a physician before consuming Chitosan.
Chitosan is typically taken 30 minutes before a meal, and most products recommend 1-3 grams per day. However, do refer to the package of your Chistosan product for specific directions and reccomendations.