The Life Sustaining Joy of Chlorophyll
What is Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is a pigment which gives plants their green color and is found in most plants and algae. Chlorophyll is green because it absorbs all the colors in the light spectrum except green. Chlorophyll is found in chloroplasts, an organelle found in the cells of the plant; chloroplasts are found in the green portions of the plants (leaves and stems). It is crucial for plant survival because it is the agent for photosynthesis. In the processing of photosynthesis, chlorophyll plays a critical role in producing food for green plants by synthesizing simple sugars (glucose) from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis is the process that converts sunlight energy, water and carbon dioxide into our primary source of fuel-glucose. The byproduct of photosynthesis is free-oxygen. Chlorophyll to plants is like blood to humans. All animals and humans obtain their life-sustaining energy supply from plants, making photosynthesis to be (one of) the sources of all life. Without plants there would be no life.
It is very interesting as to how closely chlorophyll resembles our red blood cells, known as hemoglobin, the pigment that gives our blood it red color as well as its oxygen carrying capacity. The hemoglobin of the red blood cell and the chlorophyll of the plant are identical in molecular structure, with the only difference being the center atom. Hemoglobin uses an Iron (Fe) atom to carry oxygen where as chlorophyll uses Magnesium (Mg) as an oxygen carrier. This is the reason chlorophyll has been referred to as “the green blood of plants.” With that said, let’s explore some of its health benefits for us.
Some Health Benefits of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll has known to provide health benefits to those who take them because of its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
*Elimination of chronic foot pain related to plantar fasciitis
*It has been seen to help in the growth and repair of tissues.
*Helps in neutralizing the pollution that we breathe in and intake everyday.
*Balances body acid-alkali level
*Assist red blood cells generation to ensure sufficient oxygen and nutrients for cell regeneration
*Reduces wrinkles and aging- it acts as a superb antioxidant to help support the body in maintaining healthy tissue and fighting the effect of aging, the results are smoother skin, clearer complexion and youthful looks.
*It is also found to be useful in assimilation and chelating calcium and other heavy minerals
*Chlorophyll is also an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath, urine, fecal waste, and body odor.
*It has antimutagenic and anti-carinogenic properties so that it may be helpful in protecting your body against toxins and in reducing drug side effects.
These are a few of the many benefits that chlorophyll can do to the body.
Chlorophyll is rich in:
Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Protein, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantohenic Acid, Calcium, Chromium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron
While dietary supplements are available, many people opt to get plenty of chlorophyll in their diets by simply eating plenty of leafy green vegetable. If you decide to go with a supplement, remember that it is a natural chemical, it’s not toxic, it’s safe and soothing to the body, and it is also safe to take for people of all ages. It is not a medication, it’s a food supplement. Also, chlorophyll is a whole food.
I hope this was informative for all.
Have a great week!