The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll and Green Vegetables

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The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll

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.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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How to Detox Your Body With These 8 Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are good for our health. They are typically low in calories, low in fat, high in protein per calorie, high in dietary fiber, high in iron and calcium, and very high in other vitamins and minerals.

Here you can find examples of leafy green vegetables that help detox your body and how you can incorporate them in your diet.

1. Watercress
This is a good skin detoxifier. It’s rich in sulfur, which aids protein absorption, blood purification, cell building, and promotes healthy skin and hair. You can add watercress to freshly prepared smoothies to detox and boost clear skin.

2. Mustard Greens
The antioxidant beta-carotene and the vitamins C and K help neutralize toxins and remove them from the body, providing effective detox support. Add raw mustard greens to salads or smoothies.

3. Arugula
Sulphurous chemicals in arugula stimulate circulation, strengthen the liver, and have mild diuretic and laxative properties. Eat raw and fresh, as arugula begins to lose its nutrients soon after picking.

4. Dandelion
Think about dandelion as a superfood rather than a weed. It can be used as a diuretic and liver cleanser. It helps clear inflammation and congestion of the liver and gallbladder. It’s also a natural source of potassium, which makes it a safe and gentle diuretic. Fresh or dried, all parts of the plant can be brewed into a refreshing tea that has diuretic properties.

5. Nettle
This is another weed that is used to benefit the blood and treat urinary tract infections. It has diuretic effect and keeps water flowing through the kidneys and bladder, washing bacteria away. The iron content also makes it a great blood builder. Steep fresh or dried nettles in hot water for 10-15 minutes for a detoxifying, diuretic tea.

6. Chicory
It is a natural diuretic and mildly laxative. As a good source of dietary fiber, it helps remove toxins from the blood and tissues. Add it raw and fresh to salads or smoothies, or fill the curved shape of the leaves with different toppings or stuffing made of rice and vegetables, and serve them as a finger food.

7. Cabbage
Is known to clear the blood, supports liver detoxification and boosts skin health. Its bitterness stimulates gastric juices to digest food more effectively, and it is also a mild diuretic. It is also fiber rich and promotes bowel regularity. The juice is especially good for the skin, or you can use it in salads, or use the leaves as wraps and fill with rice, beans or vegetables.

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8. Lettuce
Lettuce has diuretic effect, and its watery nature helps flush toxins from the body. Add fresh to salads or smoothies.

Top 10 Culinary Herbs for Your Health

Culinary herbs are used not only to add flavor to the food we eat, but also to enhance the health properties of our nutrition. Many of the culinary herbs, as you will see below, have many nutrients such as antioxidants or oils with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. So if you consume these herbs on a regular basis, they can work together with other foods to enhance your health in many aspects, such as improving digestion, diuretic aid, lowering the risk of heart diseases and more. So start now to add a variety of culinary herbs for your health!

Below you can find the top 10 culinary herbs for your health and how to use them in your daily diet:

1. Parsley
Parsley is rich in antioxidants that help to relieve congestion and inflammation in the kidneys and bladder. It has a diuretic effect, and is also an effective remedy for constipation. It also serves as a general tonic for the body and helps digestion. It is rich in vitamin K that supports healthy bones.

You can add parsley to your daily diet by adding it to omelets, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fish and rice dishes, or meat patties. You can chew it at the end of a meat to prevent bad breath and help digestion.

2. Oregano
Oregano contain oils that have antioxidant effect. These oils also have antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Oregano helps to ease menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. It’s also diuretic and helps clear mucus, so it can be helpful in cases of colds, flu, headaches and respiratory problems.

Use oregano in pasta sauces and salad dressings, in vegetable, fish or chicken dishes, use it with eggs or cheese. You can add it to stews but add it at the end of cooking to keep its health benefits.

3. Coriander
Coriander seeds have been used in some parts of the world to treat insomnia and anxiety because of their sedative effects. Coriander is also known to promote good memory and is also effective in reducing allergic reactions such as hay fever.

It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and is a powerful detoxifying agent of harmful substances such as lead and mercury. Other benefits include regulating insulin levels, reducing cholesterol and relieving headaches.

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Coriander is best added to dishes just before serving, as heat can reduce its potency. Add it to meat and fish dishes, salsas, salads, dips, sauces, rice and bean dishes.

4. Thyme
Thyme helps to clear mucus, hence is useful in cases of asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough, flu and sinus infection. It helps digestion, a general tonic and antioxidant. You can make a tea from it to treat sore throat and gum disease as it has anti bacterial effect. Thyme is also helpful to treat colic in babies, and excess wind in kids and adults.

Use fresh thyme in sauces, marinades, stocks, stuffing, stews and casseroles. Add to meat dishes to ease digestion, or use is vinegars and herb oils. Drink a tea made of 1 tsp of dried thyme (or 2 tsp fresh thyme) steeped  in 3/4 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.

5. Tarragon
Tarragon has a long history of use as a temporary remedy for a toothache and sore gums. It may help to calm an upset stomach caused by stress and improve digestion. It has antioxidant properties, as well as antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Tarragon is used to treat digestion problems, poor appetite, water retention and to promote sleep.

Tarragon is used in French cooking and is delicious in salad dressings and in sauces. When using tarragon in cooked dishes, it is best to add it at the end, as heat tends to decrease its flavor. Tarragon is particularly suitable for chicken, fish and egg dishes.

6. Dill
Dill has diuretic and antibacterial effects that are helpful to treat bladder infections. It has calming anti inflammatory effect on the digestive tract, and helps to treat colic and upset stomach. Some studies suggest it may also help to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

You can use both the seeds and fresh herb. The herb goes well with seafood, or make a tea, scatter on salads, potatoes and steamed vegetables. You can add the seeds to soups, casseroles or scatter on vegetables and rice.

7. Rosemary
Rosemary contains antioxidants, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It helps to reduce inflammation, lower the risk of asthma, liver disease and heart disease. You can use it in a tea or gargle to heal gum disease and sore throat. Rosemary also contain oils that calm the nerves and ease upset stomach.

Use rosemary to infuse meats before or while they cook, add to potatoes when roasting them, to vegetables, or in infused oil and vinegars. If you want to prepare a tea, brew 1 tsp of dried rosemary (or 2 tsp fresh herb) in 3/4 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Rosemary is also a well known herb in treating hair loss as well as improve memory.

8. Basil
Basil eases digestion and can be a good remedy for headaches and insomnia. The oil in the leaves has an anti inflammatory effect on the digestive tract and the joints. It’s also a mild diuretic and contains antioxidants. Use fresh basil to scatter on dishes, tomato salads, soups, eggs, rice and pasta or make a pesto sauce.

9. Mint
The oil in mint has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that relieve indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and soothing upset stomach. It also strengthen the nervous system and helps to relieve headaches.

You can use mint by mixing it into dressings, chutney or yogurt to serve with spicy foods like curries. You can scatter it on salads, potatoes and peas. For tea, steep 1 tsp dried mint (or 2 tsp fresh mint) in 3/4 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.

10. Sage
Sage is used in women’s health to treat heavy or irregular periods and relieving menopausal symptoms (see the great recipe for sage and raspberry leaf tea for hot flashes). It is also effective to treat rheumatism, catarrh, excessive sweating and upset stomach. It also has a mild diuretic effect. Its antioxidants may help to improve memory and concentration levels. Use sage in herbal teas, add to salads, soups and stuffing for meats. You can also season many dishes with dry sage leaves combined with sea salt dishes. You can also make your own antiseptic toothpowder with sage and sea salt. Find the recipe here. You can also find more information about this herb in my article about the health benefits of sage.

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.

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9 Responses to The Powerful Healing Properties of Chlorophyll and Green Vegetables

  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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