The health benefits of chlorophyll are amazing, from detoxing your liver to helping to improve body odor. When I think about chlorophyll the first thing that comes to mind is not the health benefits of chlorophyll… its Adam Sandler in Billy Madison.
Health Benefits of Chlorophyll
Billy had it wrong, chlorophyll is not borophyll at all, its really interesting! It is the basic component of a plant’s blood, similar to hemoglobin which helps transport oxygen in human blood. Hemoglobin and chlorophyll are very similar; the only difference is the center atom which is iron in hemoglobin and magnesium in chlorophyll. The health benefits of chlorophyll are amazing, here are just a few:
- Improves intestinal nourishment and has the ability to heal the mucous lining the intestine.
- Blocks absorption of toxic carcinogens
- Helps detoxify and purify the liver
- Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that stop bad breath and body odor
The best place to find chlorophyll is in green plants like spinach, which is particularly high in chlorophyll, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, collard greens, green beans, peas, kale, green olives, parsley, romaine lettuce, sea veggies and Swiss chard. It is destroyed when it is cooked for long periods of time therefore, to get the most chlorophyll out of your veggies, enjoy them raw or very lightly steamed.
If you want experience the health benefits of chlorophyll you can sneak some into your diet by adding liquid chlorophyll to your water. Liquid chlorophyll is practically tasteless and comes in both plain and mint flavor (flavored with peppermint extract). It is dark green in color and stains everything it touches including food (think food coloring), fabric and fingers. When buying liquid chlorophyll you want to make sure it contains very few ingredients and that the it is derived from a clean source that is low in pesticides or organic. I like to add liquid chlorophyll to sparkling soda to create a refreshing minty drink.