About Chitoglucan®

Chitoglucan is a patented bioactive component of the edible enokitake mushroom, obtained through hot water extraction of the fruiting body, followed by alkali treatment of the extracted liquid. The resulting extract is a unique complex of chitosan, beta glucans, fatty acids, fiber, and glyconjugates.

Chitoglucan is clinically proven to have the following effects:[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6]

  • Reduces body weight and BMI*
  • Trims body fat and visceral (abdominal) fat*
  • Shrinks waist circumference*
  • Help maintain cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose levels already within a healthy range*

For best results, chitoglucan should be combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise program.

Mechanism of Action

Chitoglucan works in two different ways to aid weight reduction:*

  • The beta glucans prevent the absorption of fat by trapping and repelling fat from the mucosa through coating the gastrointestinal walls[7],[8]
  • The fatty acids have a beneficial effect on lipid and glucose metabolism*


Numerous studies, including two specifically designed to test safety, have found no adverse effects in subjects using chitoglucan.[9],[10] Unlike some weight loss products, chitoglucan does not interfere with the absorption of minerals in food consumed.*[11] Chitosan also offers an alternative to crustacean-derived chitosan, for vegetarians and those who do not consume shellfish for safety or religious reasons.

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[1] Hori Y, et al. Pharmacometrics. 2009;76(1/2):15-24.
[2] Kataumi S, et al. Food Processing and Ingredients. 2007;42(3):75-8.
[3] Kasagi T, et al. Food Function. 2006;2(2):61-6.
[4] Kataumi S, et al. Food Function. 2006;2(1):68-73.
[5] Okazaki H. Food Style 21. 2006;10(6):85-90.
[6] Nakamura Y, et al. Food Style 21. 2006;10(3):29-33.
[7] Hori Y, et al. Pharmacometrics. 2007;73(3/4):245-53.
[8] Okazaki H, et al. Food Style 21. 2005;9(2):28-30.
[9] Hori Y, et al. Pharmacometrics. 2009;76(1/2):25-31.
[10] Hori Y, et al. Magazine of Tokyo Medical University. 2009;67(1):52-9.
[11] Kataumi S, et al. Academy Journal Food Function. 2007;3(2):1–8.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This ingredient is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.