Health Benefits of Chlorophyll
5 Key Properties
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

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Five key health benefits of chlorophyll include its properties for detoxifying, deodorizing, antioxidizing and alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, and immune boosting.

Chlorophyll has been used in the treatment of various conditions, including anemia, pancreatitis, cancer, hormonal imbalances, gum and mouth diseases, sinusitis, kidney stones, and wound healing.


Why Consume Chlorophyll?

Sunlight and water are the two most essential nutrients for the human body and for all living things. 

What is most interesting to me is that chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is responsible for utilizing light from the sun.

Chlorophyll converts sunlight energy into a bio-available form that is used for photosynthesis and other essential processes in the plant. 

Plants are able to store this light energy, which humans and animals can then consume to derive the benefits.

What has always been amazing to me is that the molecular structure of chlorophyll in plants is almost identical to the hemoglobin in our blood. In fact, the only key difference is that in our blood the central atom is iron and in plants the central atom is magnesium. 

Thus, when we consume chlorophyll, it provides many of the same functions in our body as hemoglobin.

Chlorophyll has the ability to restore and increase red blood cells as needed, as well as give the following health benefits.


5 Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

Detoxifying. 

Chlorophyll has the ability to increase oxygenation and promote healthy blood flow.  This alone will help the body to get rid of harmful toxins and impurities in the body.  It also has the ability to bind to heavy metals (mercury, lead, etc.) and toxic chemicals (including pesticides, drugs, etc.) and safely remove them from the body.

Deodorizing. 

Many people take liquid chlorophyll in water to alleviate bad breath and/or body odor. Chlorophyll not only removes the odor from the mouth and throat, it can help alleviate the cause of bad breath, which usually originates in the colon. Chlorophyll helps to stimulate digestive health and cleanse the colon.

Antioxidizing and Alkalizing. 

Chlorophyll has powerful antioxidizing properties to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress and protect DNA.  In addition, it is a good source of vitamins A, E, C, K and beta carotene, as well as important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.

Chlorophyll’s magnesium content also makes it an alkalizing factor in the body for optimal pH.

Anti-inflammatory. 

Chlorophyll can help reduce some of the inflammatory effects of painful conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Clinical studies have shown that chlorophyll can limit the progression of bacteria-induced inflammation.  In general, its alkalizing effect will also help minimize inflammation throughout the entire body.

Immune Boosting. 

It supports the immune system in a number of ways. Chlorophyll has strong anti-microbial properties and has been shown to be effective in combating systemic infections such as candida. In addition, it helps to oxygenate the blood and keep it “clean” and free flowing. In fact, all the other chlorophyll benefits support and help maintain a strong immune system.


Sources of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is found primarily in leafy green vegetables. Thus, daily consumption of dark green vegetables, especially kale, parsley, Swiss chard, and spinach, will give you a good dose of chlorophyll. 

Steaming these veggies is the best way to get the most nutritional benefit. Frying or overcooking them will destroy chlorophyll, enzymes and other nutrients.

Chlorophyll is even more abundant in some of the super food greens such as wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella. These foods can either be juiced or taken in powder or capsule form.

Concentrated chlorophyll is also available as a nutritional supplement and can be taken in liquid or capsule form.

We highly recommend taking a good quality liquid concentrate such as Chloroxygen by Herbs Etc. in water for maximum health benefits of chlorophyll.


Reference

OrganicFacts.net; 21 Surprising Health Benefit of Chlorophyll; 2018.


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