One of the most powerful life-giving substances on the planet is chlorophyll. This is the pigment that gives green foods their color. Chlorophyll is the major player in the photosynthetic process which allows plants to obtain energy from light by converting the sun’s biophotonic rays into chemical energy.
The chlorophyll content of a food is a major indicator of the health attributes of any given plant based food. Chlorophyll rich foods have a very deep green and are extraordinarily useful in building new blood cells and purifying the body from cancer and radiation.
Chlorophyll purifies the blood stream and also assists in wound healing, intestinal regularity, detoxification, and deodorization of the body.
HEALTH BENEFITE OF CHLOROPHYLL
- Chlorophyll displays antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, according to “Nutritional Sciences.” As such, it can neutralize toxins, eliminate free-radicals, suppress inflammatory reactions and help in the growth and repair of tissues.
- Chlorophyll is also a good source of magnesium and helps to stimulate hemoglobin production and build red blood cells in bone marrow, which allows the blood to carry more oxygen. Its ability to increase oxygenation of tissues is one reason why chlorophyll is sometimes promoted as being helpful for cancer, because cancer requires low-oxygen conditions to proliferate, as cited in “Human Biochemistry and Disease.”
- Chlorophyll is sometimes recommended for anemia, atherosclerosis, wound healing, bad breath, body odor, detoxification, diabetes, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis and herpes infections.
- Green foods also contain other major nutrients that are essential for a healthy bloodstream and nervous system such as vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, B6, copper, potassium & calcium.
- Studies have shown that chlorophyll found in food or small purified amounts of chlorophyll have a favorable effect on red blood cell formation in the bone marrow.
GREEN FOODS AND ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS – LET’S TAKE A LOOK
Green foods also supply essential fatty acids, amino acids, and trace minerals that are critical for life and optimal function. Approximately 85% of all mammals can thrive on a diet of solely green foods. This includes cows, elk, moose, deer, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, and horses. These animals become robust when fed a green based diet because the essential nutrients are easily absorbed and utilized.
RICH SOURCES OF CHLOROPHYLL
Green foods contain an abundance of powerful phytonutrients & trace minerals. Cruciferous veggies such as kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and broccoli contain isothiocyanates & sulfuraphane which are some of the world’s hottest cancer fighting nutrients
Spinach provides an abundance of magnesium rich chlorophyll and the anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
Sea vegetables like kelp contain iodine, vanadium, and fucoidans. Single celled algae such as chlorella and spirulina are rich in enzymatic pigments phycocyanin & phycoerythrin which help carry out essential metabolic functions.
Other rich natural sources of chlorophyll include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, algae, wheat grass, alfalfa, parsley, asparagus, bell peppers, celery, green beans, green peas, leeks, green olives, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, Swiss chard, and turnip greens.
It is very important to note, that cooking destroys much of the chlorophyll, which is why taking it in its natural source is the preferred method like:
- Use dark-green leafy veggies like kale, collards & spinach in salads.
- Juice dark green veggies as often as possible.
- Use a Super Greens powder or capsule supplement from a reliable source that is loaded with chlorophyll rich plants, sea vegetables, algae & cyanobacteria.
Here is a great way to get a good chlorophyll dose:
1 cup of spinach
1/2 cup of kale
2 Granny smith apples
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2-1 cup of mango
1/2-1 cup of filtered water
Blend spinach and kale with a small amount of pure filtered or distilled water first. Then add lemon juice, chopped mango and apples, turn blender on high until combined.
Dr. David Jockers