Thought of the Day

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Chlorophyll, a Superfood for Health

Chlorophyll is a gift from the earth, literally.  It is responsible for giving plants their green color.  More importantly, chlorophyll is what actually absorbs sunlight in plants, giving them their energy and making them grow.  It is called plant blood, probably because of it's similarity to human blood.  In fact, it is identical to blood except that the atom in chlorophyll is magnesium and in blood it is iron.  It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to repair all tissues in the body.  Leafy green vegetables contain the most chlorophyll.  Because cooking vegetables greatly reduces the amount and quality of chlorophyll in plants it is best to take chlorophyll supplements to ensure you are getting enough.  I use the liquid kind, one tablespoon every morning.  Although it does not have a foul taste, odor, or texture I follow it immediately with a full glass of water and then brush my teeth.  It stains everything green so I try to clean my teeth as soon after I take it.  It's inexpensive and you can find it at any health food store.

Here are some of the known chlorophyll benefits:
  • It has been seen to help in the growth and repair of tissues.
  • Chlorophyll helps in neutralizing the pollution that we breathe in and intake everyday - a good supplement for smokers.
  • It efficiently delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying the much needed oxygen to all cells and tissues.
  • It is also found to be useful in assimilating and chelating calcium and other heavy minerals.
  • It had been seen to have a good potential in stimulating red blood cells to improve oxygen supply.
  • Along with other vitamins such as A, C and E, chlorophyll has been seen to help neutralize free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.
  • Chlorophyll is also an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath, urine, fecal waste, and body odor.
  • It may reduce the ability of carcinogens to bind with the DNA in different major organs in the body.
  • Chlorophyll may be useful in treating calcium oxalate stone ailments.
  • It possesses some anti-atherogenic activity as well.
  • It can be used to treat infected wounds naturally.
  • These are only a few of the multitude benefits that chlorophyll can do to the body.
  • It has antimutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties so that it may be helpful in protecting your body against toxins and in reducing drug side effects.