Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chlorophyll – The King of All Plant Molecules

Based on my personal research, I consider chlorophyll to be the most important and basic of all plant molecules. Why? Simply because plants can’t live without chlorophyll. Basic science has taught us that chlorophyll is the chemical compound responsible for the green pigments in plants which allows for the absorption of solar radiation, or rather light from the sun. This allows the green plant to convert the sunlight, along with carbon dioxide, into sugars and carbohydrates, which we then consume for energy. This process is known as photosynthesis. The only “plant-life” that does not depend on chlorophyll are plant roots and mushrooms. Therefore, all plant life depends on chlorophyll to survive. Did you know that even the atmosphere’s oxygen is a byproduct of chlorophyll’s light induced carbon dioxide and water?

The reason why chlorophyll is so important to human beings is because it ultimately gives plants life and energy, which we consume to survive. Without the process of photosynthesis, not only would plants not exist, but no other aerobic lifeforms could live on this earth. Plants produce the oxygen for aerobic life, and aerobic life produces the carbon dioxide for plants. It is an ongoing cycle. Since chlorophyll is the compound that makes it possible for photosynthesis to occur for plants to feed, I consider chlorophyll the king of all plant molecules!

So how does chlorophyll directly impact health? I consider chlorophyll to be “life’s blood”, which is a title and concept that I have fostered over my past 10 years on my health journey. Meaning, we can benefit more directly from our “plant’s food” by consuming the chlorophyll directly. Chlorophyll has been shown to have a great impact on human health when consumed in a concentrated form through fresh natural green juice, and as a supplement. Here is a short list of just some of the amazing benefits that chlorophyll consumption can offer:

  • Good source of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, and beta carotene
  • Rich in antioxidants and in vital minerals, including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and essential fatty acids
  • Aids in restoring and replenishing red blood cells
  • Enables our bodies to regenerate by working at cellular and molecular levels
  • Rich in natural enzymes that have not been denatured from processing Enhances the ability of blood to carry more oxygen by assisting in cleansing the blood
  • A blood builder effective against anemia, which is caused by a deficit of red blood cells in the body
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory by interfering with the growth of bacteria induced inflammation
  • Purifying qualities, assisting with detoxification of the body
  • Works as a natural antiseptic by disinfecting the environment to reduce bacterial growth, and as an antibiotic by reducing the toxins and chemicals in the body
  • Helps support and maintain healthy tissues, which is attributed to the abundance of rich antioxidants and the presence of magnesium
  • The presence of vitamin K helps clean and rejuvenate the adrenals and improves function
  • Helps maintain intestinal flora and stimulate bowel movements, and repairs wounded bowel tissue
  • Helps with calming the nerves and irritability, and alleviates general body fatigue
  • Aids in strengthening cell walls and overall immune system, attributed to its alkaline nature
  • Natural deodorizer, and effective remedy for bad breath when used as a mouthwash
  • Acts as a wound healer when used as a topical ointment
The best source of chlorophyll is to consume sea algae and dark leafy greens. Spinach, parsley, and water cress have some of the highest content of chlorophyll among dark leafy greens. Spirulina and Chlorella contain some of the highest content of chlorophyll of any sea algae, and of any dark leafy greens. A key point to keep in mind is that the darker and richer the green color, the more likely it is that the plant contains a high content of chlorophyll. The other option would be to take a good quality chlorophyll supplement. I personally recommend having some form of chlorophyll daily. At my house, we drink a green powder mix, rich in chlorophyll and other nutrients, on a daily basis. My chlorella, and green powder supplement recommendations can be found at the end of this article.

In summary, chlorophyll is the king of all plant molecules, and the king of all superfoods, due to its impressive nutritional content and super potent antioxidant properties. I believe that our health and well-being depends on including chlorophyll in our daily diets. 

…Next article in the series: Carotenoids and Flavonoids – A Rainbow of Phytonutrients

Recommended Chlorophyll Supplements:

Article References:

10 Amazing Benefits of Chlorophyll, by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
Published on January 4, 2014, Last Updated on January 6, 2014. Global Healing Center. 

Photosynthesis for Kids, GlobalWarmingKids.net. is a project of ClimateChangeEducation.Org. ©2007-2012?  http://photosynthesisforkids.com/

Chlorophyll Benefits: The Plant Pigment that Heals + Detoxes Better than All Others. Dr. Josh Axe, draxe.com,  https://draxe.com/chlorophyll-benefits/

Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko. North Atlantic Books. Berkley, California, 2005.

Superfoods, by David Wolfe. North Atlantic Books. Berkley, California, 2009.

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