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Now Foods, Chitosan, 500 mg, 240 Capsules

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  • Expiration Date: Jul 2019
  • Shipping Weight: 0.59 lbs (0.27 kg)
  • Product Code: NOW-02026
  • UPC Code: 733739020260
  • Package Quantity: 240 Capsules
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 3 x 3 in, 0.5 lbs (0.23 kg)
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Product Overview


  • Weight Management
  • 500 mg Plus Chromium
  • Super Fat Absorbing Action
  • Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels
  • GMP Quality Assured
  • A Dietary Supplement

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.

Suggested Use

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. Consider taking this product in combination with NOW CLA, Diet Support and Phase 2.

Other Ingredients

Gelatin (capsule), magnesium stearate (vegetable source) and silica.

Contains shellfish (shrimp) derivative.

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


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

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 3 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 80
  Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Chromium (from Chromium Chelavite) 300 mcg 250%
LipoSan Ultra Chitosan 1.5 g (1,500 mg)
† Daily Value not established.
iHerb Customer Reviews
Wish there was no chromium in ingredients
I love the price and quantity of this chitosan product BUT UNFORTUNATELY I'm not crazy about the added chromium, which I find unnecessary. I wish you would sell pure chitosan pills by itself. Chromium supplementation is a controversial topic as true chromium deficiency is extremely rare. The widely claimed benefits of chromium supplementation are largely unsupported by the scientific community. Studies have shown high levels of chromium leading to DNA damage. Also, a high dose of chromium, 600-2400 mcg per day, may cause anemia, thrombocytopenia, hemolysis, hepatic dysfunction, and renal failure. Just 2 doses of NOW Foods Chitosan already supply way too high a dose of 600 mcg. For some reason, cheaper dietary supplements, especially those used for blood glucose regulation or weight management usually contain chromium as an ingredient, and usually at an amount much higher than the suggested daily recommended intake, despite the lack of positive scientific studies to support chromium supplementation. I also take other nutritional supplements and at least 2 of them already contain some chromium, which is more than enough for my needs. By adding Now Foods Chitosan, I am unwillingly further upping my chromium intake by a few more hundred percent of the RDI, which will likely end up toxic to my system in the long run. So unfortunately, even though I love almost everything else about the NOW chitosan, just the unnecessarily added chromium alone means I have to look for other alternative brands that sell simply pure chitosan. It's such a pity.
Jul 19, 2011

Not good for weight loss

Posted by 5091913372221364439 on Oct 15, 2016

This prodcut may work well for cholistrol reduce but it is not a good at all to be used as weight management or weight loss product

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Reliable fiber source

Posted by 5333560357293177572 on Aug 02, 2016

Doesn't work for me in weight loss area

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Posted by 5364589306749450961 on Jul 05, 2016

Works very well

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Posted by 5288378611196705558 on Jun 21, 2016

Honestly haven't noticed a difference

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It works!!

Posted by Reviewer2321661 on May 26, 2016

I do not take it everyday. When I go out to eat oily foods I take two capsules to get rid of the oil. Some reviews show concern about the chromium it contains. However, I am glad that they include chromium in it. You do not need to take the full dose. Two per oily meal is OK. That means you took 200mcg of chromium which is not a high dosage at all. My mom is on the borderline of diabetes and she took chromium supplement for a few months and her blood sugar comes down to normal and followed by 100mcg everyday. She is now 90 years old without any sign of diabetes. Hope this information helps. Search the web about the relationship between chromium and diabetes will be useful.

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