Medicine from prawn, crab shells to cure obese people
Posted on: 05 Oct 2012
Kochi: The Matsyafed has developed a medicine for osteoarthritis and to reduce fat from the exoskeleton of prawns and crabs. The medicine 'Chitone' for regulating fat is available in the market. The production of the medicine to fight osteoarthritis is progressing with the technical help of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology. The production started in the agency's Neendakara plant in Kollam. An exclusive plant to produce the medicine to fight osteoarthritis will be set up within a year at Paravor, Ambalappuzha with the help of the Union govt.
Matsyafed MD S Ajayan said `Chitone' is produced from chitosan extracted from the exoskeleton of fresh marine prawns, crabs and lobsters. It had proven to be a non-toxic and well-tolerated natural product helping in weight reduction, normalising blood pressure and blood cholesterol reduction.
The skeletons are collected from peeling centers and when available in abundance, the agency used to collect up to 25 tones.
On daily basis, as many as 30,000 `chitone' capsules are produced and one capsule costs Rs 3.50.