The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll

The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll
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When we talk about eating raw food and its many health benefits, we usually think about all the many vitamins and minerals it contains, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, but what about chlorophyll, that pigment that gives plants their green color?

What is Chlorophyll?

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.

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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.

Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

There are many claims about the healing properties of chlorophyll, but most have been disproved or are exaggerated by the companies that market them. However there are some benefits that were proven in initial research, and these are the ones I’d like 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.

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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 (see my article on how to detox from heavy metals & powerful detox smoothie).

That makes the chlorophyll a compound with anti-cancer properties that specifically affects 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.

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. You can read more about basic dietary changes you can make to get your body more alkaline and healthy in my previous articles how to balance your pH and find out if you’re too acidic and 5 things to avoid if you want to get your body alkaline.

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Incorporating Chlorophyll in Your 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.

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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.

Drinking green smoothies is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

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 capsule form from health food stores and online.

If you want to find helpful information about detox, have a look at my e-book The Detox Guide which will teach you how to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely:

The Detox Guide

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9 Responses to The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll

  1. doreen kgosintwa says:

    thats great,keep on updating

  2. SHOBHA FRANCIS JACOB says:

    useful and informative would like to know more

  3. Johnny Alexander says:

    Very good information and just what I’VE been working on, trying to find natural detox methods. Great advice on this site and right on time for me. Thanks again.

  4. Arshad Wali Muhammad says:

    How about Wheat Grass drink with Cholorphyl ? I drink everyday.

  5. Shirley Kalaskss says:

    Thank you for the info.I like following your link to keep updated.

  6. Shmuel says:

    I wrote down that information in my notes on healthy living. this new information for me is awsome. I will keep you updated with me experiences…..

  7. Sam.G says:

    Where can I buy it at,Thats pure?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sam, chlorophyll comes in various forms like liquid, softgels and capsules. It doesn’t come in a pure form and usually contains other ingredient (I’ve seen product labels that mention ingredients like soybean oil, gelatin, glycerin, water, soy lecithin, etc). You need to read carefully the product label and see what other ingredients it contains. You can get it in some health food stores, some drugstores or online.

    • Court says:

      GNC, Shoppers Drugs mart etc

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