That is a fine question! There is a difference between Solusitan® and chitosan.
Solusitan® is our proprietary blend. We describe it in the more (and correct) scientific term of "Poly-D-Glucosamine Complex". We do use chitosan in our blend, however the name "Chitosan" has been misused many times in the past in dietary supplement products that do not deliver on their claims. If you enjoy wine (like we do), you probably know there is a HUGE difference between “Box Wine” and ’79 Chateau Margaux, yet both are considered wine!
Chitosan comes in many different qualities. These qualities are called “Grade Standards” and every grade has different characteristics, for example here are a few different grade standards:
- Food Grade
- Medical grade
- Tech grade
- Industrial grade
- Pharmaceutical grade
- Cosmetic grade
We only use the highest grade, which is Medical grade. Would-be competitors would love for us to describe in great detail how we evaluate the ingredients, but we're going to not do that here. We can tell you that normal food grade chitosan has been proven to have no FBC (fat binding capacity). There are many important factors to developing a good fat-binding chitosan, for example, many of the manufacturers bleach their material because it looks nicer, however decoloration decreases the fat binding. There is powder and there are flakes. Flakes do not work for fat binding.
Several collegues in the dietary supplement industry simply bought the cheapest chitosan (food grade or even worse), put it in a tablet or capsule and sold it in the past as a fat absorber. They ruined the market for an ingredient that actually has some fairly impressive scientific support.
Little known is that water, in combination with other key ingredients, is very important for this product to work properly (it intensifies the ionic charge) for fat binding once in the digestive system, chitosan dissolves and forms a positively charged ionic gel. Negatively charged molecules of fats, lipids, bile and acid-forming ions like chloride attach strongly to the chitosan. This is why we developed the product as an effervescent tablet. You want people to drink plenty of water when they take chitosan.