Chlorophyll is much more than just a green pigment.
This tiny but vital biomolecule allows plants to absorb sunlight through photosynthesis, and is responsible for providing tree and flower alike with all the carbohydrates they need to survive.
It isn't just plants that chlorophyll can help, though: supplements such as liquid chlorophyll and chlorophyll powder are increasingly appreciated for the benefits they can bring.
Chlorophyll: A Green Food for Life
Although many people don’t realise it, chlorophyll’s properties make it a great supplement for humans as well as plants.
Chlorophyll is rich in oxygen and has the rare ability to bind with many carcinogenic chemicals. It can play a part in supporting the helpful aerobic bacteria that reside in our intestines, which in turn help us maintain our digestive tracts and ensure we are supplied with all the correct nutrients.
Chlorophyll also encourages proper cell oxygenation and can help us to alter our internal terrain, discouraging the build-up of harmful colonies of anaerobic bacteria by cleansing our cells of the toxic, acidic waste they rely on for survival.
It also provides a boost to our immune system and might even help us to fight off degenerative diseases and increase our red blood cell count.
In her book Green for Life, Victoria Boutenko refers to chlorophyll as “liquefied sun energy” and talks at great length about its miraculous healing properties.
Boutenko says that chlorophyll, which is very similar in shape to human haemoglobin molecules, can be used by our bodies to
reduce pain caused by inflammation
resist the build-up of bacteria in wounds
make our blood and tissues more alkaline
counteract any toxins that we imbibe
purify the liver
relieve sore throats
eliminate bad odours
provide our organs with iron and other essential minerals
soothe ulcer tissues
help prevent cancer.
She also makes a salient point about the fact that we often witness carnivorous animals such as dogs and cats consuming green grass and other nutrient-rich leaves in the wild because they instinctively understand the importance of supplementing their diets with chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is nature’s antidote to a great many health problems, and although we are only just beginning to understand its full importance, we now know that it could help us to overcome a great many health issues, both large and small.
So what is the best way to supplement your diet with this beneficial biomolecule?
Whether you’re specifically looking to help your body detoxify, or are simply trying to find a way to enjoy the many benefits of ‘liquefied sun energy’ we would heartily recommend that you begin supplementing your diet with extra chlorophyll, whether in the form of liquid chlorophyll or chlorophyll powder.
But what are the differences, we hear you ask. Ah, we were coming to that…
Drinking green drink smoothies is one of the most convenient approaches. Green smoothies are rich in a great variety of beneficial nutrients, and their green colour is a clear indicator of just how rich in chlorophyll they are.
If you drink just one or two a day you will begin to experience greater energy levels and better levels of health associated with proper oxygenation of the body.
These supplements are packed with powdered grasses that are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the high levels of delicate chlorophyll they contain. You can also add a scoop or two to water.
Broadly speaking, green food supplements and chlorophyll powder supplements are one and the same – chiefly because the most chlorophyll-rich vegetables (spinach, parsley, alfalfa, green beans etc) crop up frequently in greens powders.
Liquid chlorophyll, also known as liquid chlorophyllin, is another good option. Distinct from chlorophyll powder, it usually contains chlorophyll extracted from a leafy green vegetable and mixed with purified water.
Our choice is Liquid Chlorophyll from Juara, a company who specialise in nutritional health drinks.
The special green liquid combines chlorophyll extracted from alfalfa, one of nature’s richest sources of the pigment, and purified water. It is 100% natural and as such free from sugar, salt, preservatives and artificial colouring.
Simply mix a tablespoon into a lukewarm glass of water, stir and enjoy.
Whether you opt for liquid chlorophyll, chlorophyll powder or the old-fashioned method of eating chlorophyll-rich vegetables, it is undoubtedly a good habit to get into.
We can certainly see the merits in doing all three, especially since chlorophyll toxicity is virtually unheard-of.
It is worth remembering, too, that cooking tends to decrease the nutrient content and therefore the chlorophyll benefits you can expect – so eating vegetables raw or even lightly cooked is the best option!
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Chlorophyll is rich in oxygen and has the rare ability to bind with many carcinogenic chemicals. It can also play a part in supporting the helpful aerobic bacteria residing in our intestines.