If you’re not binging on green leafy vegetables like your mother told you to you’re probably missing out on nature’s finest cancer-fighting resource.
Chlorophyll keeps plants green and healthy. Ever wonder what happens when you eat chlorophyll-rich foods?
When absorbed in the body chlorophyll does a lot of good things. The single biggest benefit is that chlorophyll can go a long way in fighting chemically caused cancers.
Let’s look at the benefits one-by-one.
Chlorophyll can protect you against cancer
In the body, chlorophyll binds to carcinogenic chemicals like polycyclic hydrocarbons- from tobacco, amino toxins released from meat cooked at high heat, and from mold-ridden peanuts and grains. It absorbs free radicals too. Toxic molds like aflatoxin that can develop from some strains of mold on peanuts, amino toxins, and polycyclic hydrocarbons can cause damage to our DNA and chlorophyll snips that at the bud.
The mechanism behind cancer prevention
The Risk for cancer is alleviated by the manner in which chlorophyll moves through our bloodstream detoxifying the liver as it goes. It interferes and prohibits cancer causing chemical from synthesizing into procarcinogens in the liver which are the precursors of carcinogens. Procariginen metabolization is the first step in DNA damage. By limiting the activity of enzymes that activate procarcinogens chlorophyll effectively protects you from cancer. Chlorophyll is a great antioxidant and decreases cellular damage and repairs damaged cells.
One study showed that chlorophyll decreased the number of tumors in liver from 64 percent to 29 percent. The study oversaw the application of DBC- a particulate matter that’s produced when burning charcoal or fuel oils on mice sample group. DBC is a potent carcinogen. Consequently, tumors began appearing. When the sample group was treated with chlorophyll the tumors subsided.
Its derivative is good for all kinds of problems
Chlorophyllin— a salt derived from chlorophyll when topically applied can reduce acne and clear up the skin.
In a study conducted in 2015, it was seen that people who had acne on their face saw remarkable improvement when they used topical chlorophyllin for 3 weeks.
When consumed orally it can speed up bowel and liver cleansing. The compound is particularly helpful in reducing inflammation and reducing pain when applied at the affected area. It improves oxygen circulation in the body and boosts helpful gut bacterial growth.
Chlorophyll additionally stimulates blood production. In a 2004 study, it was seen that in the control group those who ate wheatgrass- which contains 70% chlorophyll- required fewer blood transfusions. The control group suffered from a disease called thalassemia a blood disorder that requires frequent transfusions.
It also stimulates your immune system.
Chlorophyll helps our body get energy directly from the sun
So far, only plants can use direct sunlight to manufacture food.
But in a research study, it was seen that a particular metabolite present in mammalian mitochondria has the ability to convert light to energy. When this metabolite was mixed with chlorophyll and given to a worm called Caenorhabditis Elgan it resulted in a longer lifespan for the worm and higher energy production when exposed to light.
The same metabolite to convert light into food exists in mammals like human beings, rats, and pigs.
If gene editing progresses some more we’ll be looking past traditional food sources.
What are Chlorophyll rich foods?
Dark green vegetables are richly endowed with chlorophyll. Chlorella, the naturally occurring green algae is another great source. Chlorella also binds with harmful mercury in the body and eliminates it.
Spirulina is another great source of chlorophyll.
Protip: Whenever possible try consuming chlorophyll-rich foods without cooking them as cooking dilutes and destroys the chlorophyll content in these foods. Raw foods are the way to go.
What do you think of the amazing benefits of chlorophyll? From fighting cancer to damaging broken tissue and providing a healthier gut, its nature’s own superfood.
Author bio: John is a fitness enthusiast and health food freak. Here’s his fitness blog.