Assist. Prof. Damrong Kongsawat from RMUTT’s Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, succeeded in extracting chlorophyll from lotus leaves, in an effort to increase their economic value in the near future.
The health benefits of chlorophyll have been popularized in recent years, resulting in a surge in the consumer market’s demand for various forms of chlorophyll supplements. Health research suggests that chlorophyll is a powerful blood cleanser and builder of red blood cells, which is particularly important when the body has a low red blood cell count (e.g. anemia).
However, most of the chlorophyll products available in the market do not specify the plant origins. Consumers are left to wonder whether or not the products are reliable and safe for consumption. Aware of this need, Prof. Damrong decided to conduct a series of experiment to extract chlorophyll from lotus leaves, which
are widely available in Thailand. The fermentation process incorporates methanol and petroleum ether, and the extracted liquid is then processed further into chlorophyll powder.
For further information about the extraction and production process, contact Prof. Damrong at 087 562 6343.