THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala market has has quite a large number of products from private companies to fight obesity but Matsyafed is one of the few entrants in the field from the government sector.
Chitone anti-fat formula capsule manufactured and marketed by the Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd (Matsyafed) has been in the market for three years despite stiff competition from private companies.
Chitone capsule aims at absorbing body fat and is made from prawn shell. “From prawn shell we make chitin from which is made chitosan which has anti- bleeding properties and is widely used in medicines. By purifying chitosan in different steps is derived Glucosamine - an amino sugar and a prominent precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosylated proteins and lipids which is used to make the fat-free capsule. In Chitone, the only added ingredient is vitamin,’’ said Assistant Manager (Commercial Operations) Matsyafed Mini Nair.
“We don’t use any chemicals. It is a food supplement and not a medicine,’’ says Matsyafed Managing Director V G Kishor Kumar.
Chitone has also properties to cure osteoarthritis, Matsyafed officials say. “The product has been very effective in reducing fat content of the body,’’ says Lenin, a medical practitioner from Kollam, who is a retired deputy director of ESI.
The manufacturing of Chitone on a commercial basis commenced in 2010 and on average 75,000 to one lakh tablets are currently being sold every year.