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Chitosan And Kidney Failure

Clinical Tip

By CP Newsletter

Those of us who listen to radio or read health magazines have heard and read numerous commercials for chitosan ( a natural polysaccharide found in insects and shellfish) and weight loss. Recent research shows that chitosan has at least one other important use. Eighty individuals with chronic kidney failure on long-term hemodialysis were studied. Half took chitosan, 1450 milligrams, three times daily for twelve weeks; the other half were “controls.” Those who took chitosan reduced serum cholesterol by 41% and increased mean serum hemoglobin from 5.8 to 6.8 grams/deciliter. Significant reductions also were achieved in BUN (from 75 to 45 mM) and creatinine (from 1.001 to 0.875 mm). Appetite, sleep, and feelings of physical strength improved significantly in the treatment group. No significant side effects were seen. — Jing S B, et al. Effect of chitosan on renal function in patients with chronic renal failure. J. Pharm Pharmacol 1997; 49:721-723. The above “Clinical Tip” is from the latest issue of Nutrition and Healing, one of our favorite nutrition newsletters (after Vitamin Research News, of course). Nutrition and Healing is edited by Jonathon Wright, M.D., one of the world's leading “alternative” physicians. To subscribe, call 800-528-0559 or 602-252-4477; One Year, $49; Two Years, $98.