Green is the new black. Especially when it comes to food. But as most of us know, eating your daily greens, whether it’s a salad or a vegetable-based smoothie, sometimes takes more time than our busy lives allow for. While we may not always heed the advice of health experts, when celebrities dish about their favorite health and diet secrets, we listen. When the makers of Sun Chlorella, an algae-based supplement, claimed that the newly-pregnant Victoria Beckham is a fan, the ears of many of us media-hungry and health-minded commoners were pricked.
Sun Chlorella is a green algae supplement that hails from a Japan-based company.
According to the company’s website, Chlorella is a single-cell green algae made up of 60 percent pure plant protein. Sun Chlorella possesses an astonishing quantity and variety of nutrients providing the body with the required daily dose of essential amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin D, folic acid, iron and fiber. In terms of iron content alone, it has the same amount of nutritional benefits as nine cups of spinach.
There is no denying that this green plant is packed with nutrients. Advocates claim that it helps detoxify the body from accumulated toxins, bolster the immune system and improve digestion. But when it comes to documented scientific studies, there isn’t much human-based evidence to support these assertions. A few animal studies have shown an association between chlorella and cancer-fighting abilities. This isn’t to say that all the chlorella claims are untrue, but rather, the science to provide support for the product’s claim is at this time scant.
So far, there doesn’t seem to be much danger in taking a chlorella supplement, as long as it’s coming from a reputable distributor and manufacturer. Always double-check with your doctor to get the OK first. We’re sure the former Posh Spice got the thumbs-up from her doctor before popping these small green pills.
Read the complete review of Sun Chlorella here.
January 20th, 2011