Sunday, September 1, 2013
Be Like a Plant and get Your Chlorophyll
Katie has a great science lesson for us all. Take a few moments to read it. I am sure you will find a lot of value from it.
If you're like me, the only thing you know (or knew) chlorophyll as, is a substance that is essential for photosynthesis and is responsible for the green color of plant life. However, chlorophyll in its liquid form, or in tablets like Spirulina which contain it, are quickly becoming the new "it" for natural supplements. It's no secret that dark green veggies are wonderful for our health, but hundreds of articles and blogs are touting the blood-boosting, cleansing properties of chlorophyll in its pure, liquid form. Now, I'm not sure if people endorsing the product can actually feel their red blood cells multiplying, and there is a lack of scientific evidence proving chlorophyll’s benefits, but let's explore what some people are saying about this new magic in a bottle :)
Science does know that Chlorophyll has a similar molecular structure as hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that exists in our red blood cells and helps transport oxygen throughout our bodies. Chlorophyll supposedly can help with this process by strengthening and replenishing our red blood cells, thereby increasing the vitality of all our bodies’ functional systems.
Chlorophyll’s ability to alkalize the body is another mentioned benefit. At the core of chlorophyll molecules is magnesium, a highly alkaline mineral. This means it would help lower our body’s acidity level and keep a balanced pH. Symptoms of too much acid include inflammation, gastrointestinal discomfort, and a weaker immune system.
Lastly, many say chlorophyll deodorizes and detoxifies the body, and even cures bad breath. It binds to and expels heavy metal toxins e.g., mercury, and kills bad odors in our throats and mouths that originate in our intestines.
If imbibing this green liquid weirds you out, skip it. Just make sure you’re getting plenty of greens in your diet, especially dark leafy ones (they’re green because of chlorophyll!). Raw, cooked, or juice form are all perfectly acceptable.