What is chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is the substance or pigment found in plants, algae and some bacteria, which gives them green color. It absorbs light, and through the process of photosynthesis it transforms it into the energy the plants need to grow, feed and reproduce.
Not may people are aware of the fact that chlorophyll has the same role for the plants that blood has for humans. It essentially means life. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is the same as that of hemoglobin, which is a protein that enables the transportation of oxygen from lungs to tissues in the human body. The only difference between the two is in their center atom. In chlorophyll the center atom is magnesium, while in hemoglobin it is iron.
Several studies have focused recently on effects on chlorophyll on human health and they have found that this substance is very beneficial.
Health benefits of chlorophyll for humans
This pigment has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, from which derives the most of its benefits for humans.
Chlorophyll enhances the ability of nutrients that build iron in the body and thus it improves the production of red blood cells. This means that circulation is better and that the body has more energy.
This pigment improves tissue growth and repair. it also purifies and cleanses the body of the pollutants and harmful agents, which is very important, given the levels of pollution and of human exposure to toxins on everyday levels.
Because it contains magnesium, chlorophyll improves the transportation of oxygen to the tissues, improves circulation and oxygen supply.
Immune system can greatly benefit from chlorophyll, which also helps the body to fight infections and heal the wounds quickly.
Some studies have shown that chlorophyll reduces the level at which carcinogens, agents that cause cancer, bind to the DNA. This may be a huge breakthrough in cancer-fighting efforts, but more studies should be performed to establish just how this works.
Chlorophyll has chelation ability, which means it can bind to the heavy metal in the body and expel it. This is important for people who are, or have been exposed to heavy metal poisoning, especially with lead and mercury.
This pigment not only improves the function of the digestive tract, but it also serves as a deodorizer, reducing the foul smell of breath, urine, and bowel movement.
Adequate amounts of chlorophyll can be found in regular consumption of fresh green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce, beet greens, Asian greens, peas, green beans, asparagus, leeks, basically anything green and edible. Chlorophyll is also available in form of extract, liquid solution or tablets.