Saturday, December 13, 2014

Green Power

No, no this isn't about environmentally friendly electricity -- though that isn't a bad subject!  This is about the empowering health effects brought to your body by chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll could be thought of as a plant's form of hemoglobin.  In fact, the chlorophyll molecule is remarkably identical to hemoglobin, except chlorophyll has a magnesium molecule where the iron one is at in hemoglobin.  Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color, in the same way hemoglobin gives blood it's red color.

Chlorophyll is a terrific health-supporting substance.  You can get it by eating a lot of pretty green vegetables, or you can take a chlorophyll supplement, available at health food stores (or by clicking on my virtual dispensary button in the right margin.)  If you're getting good amounts of chlorophyll, here are some of the health benefits you can expect.

  1.  Detoxification.  Chlorophyll binds with toxins and helps them get eliminated from the body.
  2. Anemia.  Chlorophyll has been shown to improve the body's production of hemoglobin.
  3. Digestive Aid.  Chlorophyll helps digestive functions, likely through its magnesium.
  4. Fresh Breath.  Chlorophyll will freshen your breath by improved digestive function.
  5. Energy.  Chlorophyll provides building blocks for cellular energy production.
The highest levels of chlorophyll are in raw green vegetables, but if you can't tolerate raw then lightly steamed is okay.  However, if you cook vegetables until they are mushy and drab olive green you've probably killed most of the chlorophyll.

Some of the info for this was lifted from a good health website about Alkalkine Diets.  Their more detailed Chlorophyll article is at this link.  

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