When I was a kid my mom used to give me this green supplement which is good for the general health. I loved to chew on the tablets as it has a really nice “vegetable taste”. After awhile we stopped eating it. I can't remember why, probably got lazy to buy or something. Recently I found out that the green supplement is called Chlorella. I got excited because I always missed that taste, and now I can go look for it! I know it's kinda weird but hey :D
I haven't gotten time to check where Chlorella is available, but chanced upon it recently when I was out shopping. WATSONS was having Father's Day sale and I looked around. At first, I found a pack of Chlorella going at SGD49.90 for the sale, I immediately took it to see but it wasn't a brand that I'm familiar with. So I approached the salesperson to enquire if they have the brand REDSUN (The one which my mother recommended). And they do have it! Although it is more costly, a bottle of 1000 tabs is going at SGD 69, I bought it anyway, I thought it's pretty worth it to top up another $20 to get a brand I've heard before.
For REDSUN, the recommended dose from the brand is 10 tablets a day, and half the amount for children. Chlorella is a supplement that is suitable for all ages:D When I took the tablets, it tasted exactly the way I remembered it XD It was a really nice feeling to experience something you remember from a long time ago.
Out of curiosity, I decided to find out more about the supplement, like what kind of health benefits does it have and so on.
Based on REDSUN's website:
"Are you looking for an all-natural supplement that can strengthen your immune system, boost energy, improve digestion and detoxify heavy metals and toxins from your body? If so, chlorella supplements may be exactly what you need."
Chlorella is a green algae that is rich in phytonutrients including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, magnesium and B-complex vitamins.
Studies have shown that chlorella supplements can support healthy hormonal function, promote cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and detoxify heavy metals from the body.
Chlorella is made up of almost 60 percent protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. These amino acids in chlorella are comparable to that of animal-derived protein, except that it has a slightly lower amount of methionine. Chlorella contains impressive amounts of vitamins including vitamin A (in provitamin A or beta-carotene form vitamin C, ), vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, choline, inositol, PABA, vitamin E and vitamin K. It also has more vitamin B12 than liver. One tablespoon provides 333 percent of the RDA for this vitamin for adults.
It's really cool how these tiny algae can be so packed with nutrients. I read more about it in different websites and also found that Chlorella is good for people who have gone through radiology or chemo, as the supplement helps flush out heavy metals and toxins. So in a way it can help to heal the body from the harsh treatment.
I felt really amazed at how much benefit this supplement have, I feel really glad to have it again. Almost like it gives me confidence that I'll be able to take better care of myself as the supplement will "tackle all these problems". I do feel that it is a rather naive perception, and it's probably just me being all excited to find it that's all. I'm just glad to be able to include it in my diet again. I hope to see its benefits in a few weeks time as I continue consuming it, while enjoying the taste! hehe