Celox™ is made using chitosan, a natural polymer extracted from the shells of shrimp and crabs.
Chitosan is a polysaccharide (long chain of sugars) and has some very interesting properties when treated the right way. The chitosan in Celox™ has been reacted to improve many of its properties. The result is a very effective product.
We use a very special grade of Chitosan to make Celox™. It is a highly purified derivative of shrimp shells caught in the pure waters of the arctic ocean. In developing the material, safety tests included carrying out allergy tests on human subjects with known positive allergy test results for fish/shrimp. None of the subjects showed any reaction to the chitosan.
Chitosan has a known metabolic pathway. That means any left in the body is broken down by the bodies normal enzymes and converted into materials normally present in the body.
Chitosan is digested by lysozyme, a human enzyme which is present is tears, saliva and mucus. It breaks down to give glucosamine (a sugar which is already present in the body that helps lubricate joints). Reference (Int. J. Biol. Macromol., 1992, Vol 14 August).
Chitosan is used widely and is in such products as medical bandages, diet aids and some cosmetics. It is an approved food ingredient.