Chlorophyll is found in all green plants as the pigment responsible for the absorption of light in the process of photosynthesis. This creates energy within the plant, and that energy is passed onto us when we eat leafy greens and other vegetables and algae containing chlorophyll.
Supplementation is usually done with chlorella and spirulina, blue-green algae that support healthy hormonal function, cardiovascular health and also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The best way to supplement is in a smoothie, usually adding banana, coconut water, vanilla protein powder and lime juice to help it taste better.
Here are the best reasons to consume foods containing chlorophyll:
- It boosts the Immune System
Chlorophyll is considered a superfood because of its strong antioxidant properties. It helps the immune system by forming molecular bonds with chemicals that contribute to oxidative stress that leads to diseases. It also enhances T cells to fight new abnormal cells.
- Liver Detoxification
Chlorophyll promotes liver health and helps with the body’s natural elimination of harmful toxins. It also activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity.
- Healing Properties
Chlorophyllin slows the rate at which harmful bacteria reproduce, helping to heal wounds and preventing infections.
- Improves Digestion
Chlorophyll improves detoxification by speeding up waste elimination and balancing fluid levels. It also helps in reducing constipation, gas and bloating, body odor and Candida albican’s growth.
- Helps with Weight Loss
Chlorophyll helps boost the metabolism and increases the likelihood of success with weight-loss by controlling appetite hormones that suppress hunger.
- Skin Protection
Chlorophyll stops the cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus and protects the skin from shingles. Chlorophyll ointments help to reduce swelling and redness and naturally increases levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and glutathione that eliminate free-radicals and protects the skin cells.
Because it’s completely natural, chlorophyll and chlorophyllin are not toxic. Chlorophyllin supplements might cause minor side effects like green discoloration of urine or feces, temporary discoloration of the tongue, or mild indigestion and diarrhea. The best way to get your chlorophyll is to eat foods that naturally contain it. Pregnant women shouldn’t use during pregnancy or when breast-feeding, and as always, consult your doctor before using to make sure it does not interfere with medications you are taking.