Chlorophyll is a “photoreceptor” which sounds like it is waiting for us to take its picture, but that’s not what it means. Chlorophyll is just a model compound giving all green plants their color and helping them convert sunlight into energy.
Chlorophyll exists in more than just green plants, but that’s where it is most abundantly found. The healthy compound has detoxifying properties, helping clean up the DNA damage caused by carcinogenic substances and other environmental toxins.
Chlorophyll Could Prevent Cancer
Early research is being conducted on using chlorophyll in the prevention of various cancers including liver, skin, and colon cancers. Not just anti-carcinogen, chlorophyll is also being looked at for its ability to improve immune system response.
Chlorophyll has more tricks hidden up its sleeve. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it is believed that chlorophyll helps reduce the symptoms of Candida albicans, as well as systemic inflammation and swelling, which both lead to further health problems. Last but not least, when taken internally chlorophyll has the ability to reduce body and fecal odor.
Here are 5 tips to adding more chlorophyll into your diet:
1. Meet Your Chlorophyll Foods
If you look at the following list, you’ll notice a trend. These are the most chlorophyll-rich foods:
Bell peppers, green
Lettuce (especially Romaine lettuce)
Do you see the trend? That’s a list of 18 foods and 7 of which contain the word “green”. The others, like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and broccoli, are known nutritious green veggies. You can juice these foods or incorporate them into your meals, snacks, and salads.
2. Juice Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is a potent and safe source of chlorophyll, which is a suitable replacement for coffee. It contains quality protein and almost complete nutrients that your body needs for healing.
If you have a masticating juicer, you can juice wheatgrass and add it to other juices you’ve concocted or even to smoothies. Only a small amount of wheatgrass juice (1-2 oz) is needed at a time and juicers swear by its health improving and vitality-boosting effect.
3. Juice Chlorophyll-rich Veggies
If you’re already juicing, why not use more chlorophyll-rich veggies? What we can learn from chlorophyll is “green is good” and all spinach does to a juice or smoothie is make it green. And green is good, right?
Spinach and kale taste great when combined with apples in juices; parsley is a great addition to many juices, and cabbage juice is easily added to carrot, citrus or apple juices. Some chlorophyll-rich foods add a spicy kick to your fruit or vegetable juices.
Read about vegetable juicing.
4. Raw Veggies
Much of the list posted above can be incorporated into the foods you already eat, with a few small changes. You can easily introduce spinach into salads, or make kale salads with chickpeas, chopped apple, garlic and lime juice.
Salmon goes really nice on a bed of raw spinach, raw broccoli is a salad when combined with warm brown rice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and raw green veggies have more benefits than just chlorophyll. Enzymes and other phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals) help fight cancer and heart disease as well as generally help boost your immune system.
5. Chlorophyll Supplement
If you don’t or can’t consume too many chlorophyll-rich foods you might consider taking a supplement.
Typically available as liquid, pill, or powder form, you can find these supplements at most health food stores as well as online.
Now that your eyes are open to chlorophyll you’ll be able to see these supplements more easily, and easily introduce more chlorophyll into your diet.