Chlorophyll is an extremely important molecule, which is critical in photosynthesis process, that allows plants to absorb energy from light and convert it into chemical energy (glucose) that can be used to fuel the organisms’ activities. Most plants and algae perform the process of photosynthesis, which maintains atmospheric oxygen levels, and supplies all of the organic compounds most of the energy necessary for all life on Earth – as we all know that without plants there will be no life.
There are many claims that made about the healing properties of chlorophyll, but most have been disproved or are exaggerated by the companies that are marketing them. However there are some benefits that were proven in initial research, and these are the ones that I want to talk about.
You probably didn’t know, but chlorophyll is registered as a food additive (colorant) by the name E140. In the culinary industry chlorophyll is used to color a variety of foods and beverages green, such as pasta and absinthe. But chlorophyll is not just a pigment, it helps to detoxify your body by connecting with the toxins and free radicals and turning them into neutral materials. Studies have shown that it helps in cleaning heavy metals, that tend to accumulate in our body in different places, such as cadmium and mercury, pesticides and industrial pollutants, thus helping to detoxify it. That makes the chlorophyll a compound with anti-cancer properties, that specifically affect the liver, by its ability to inhibit the tumor-promoting effects of carcinogens (substances that cause cancer), and acting to improve the detoxification of toxins involved in cancer promotion. You can find more helpful information about how to detoxify your body in my book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely.
Also preliminary evidence suggests that chlorophyll may reduce side effects associated with photo-dynamic therapies such as those used in management of malignant tumors.
Chlorophyll has also anti-inflammatory properties, as it also alkalizes the body, so can affect the acidity of bodily fluids, including the urine or blood, and can therefore be used to prevent diseases and inflammation processes in the cells.
Incorporating chlorophyll in you diet
In order to retain maximum chlorophyll in food you should eat it raw or cook/steam it slightly. If you can retain the green color, you will retain the beneficial chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is found in all green vegetables. The darker the green, the more chlorophyll it has: dark, leafy greens especially spinach, kale, chard and collards, fresh herbs like parsley, dill and cilantro, blue-green algae (especially chlorella and spirulina – see my article boost your health by eating seaweed and algae), sprouts, wheatgrass, matcha green tea, and green vegetables like peas, asparagus, broccoli and celery.
You can increase the amount of chlorophyll in your diet by consuming green smoothies that enable us to consume larger amounts of veges/fruits that we couldn’t have otherwise able to consume, and enable us to diversify more what we eat. See recipe suggestions in my articles upgrade your health with green smoothie recipes and the ultimate super food energy smoothie.
You can also consider a chlorophyll supplement if you are at risk of cancer or are exposed to many toxins, or if you don’t consume many chlorophyll-rich vegetables. Chlorophyll supplement is available in liquid, powder or capsules form from health food stores and online.
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