The Benefits of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the molecule that absorbs sunlight and uses its energy to synthesize carbohydrates from CO2 and water. This process is known as photosynthesis and is the basis for sustaining the life processes of all plants and in turn, all human life. Without the sun’s energy there would be no life on earth. We are all, in essence, solar-powered.
Chlorophyll is the life blood of plants and has a structure very similar to haemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying pigment in our own blood. Scientists have fairly recently discovered a process to isolate the chlorophyll from plants without destroying its powers.
In the early 1980s researchers discovered that chlorophyll and related chemicals can inhibit the ability of certain DNA-damaging chemicals to cause mutations in bacteria, which is important in cancer prevention. Most, if not all, human cancers carry mutations in one or more genes that control the rates at which individual cells divide, differentiate, or die. Various combinations of mutations that upset this delicate balance can lead to uncontrolled cell growth, which in turn can enable the irreversibly damaged cell to form a primary cancer in the lung, liver, blood, bone, skin, or other body organ. There is the possibility that the anti-mutagenic power of chlorophyll might inhibit or reduce the formation of cancers in humans.
People in certain parts of Africa, China, and other developing countries with similarly warm, damp climates have the highest rates of liver cancer in the world. The two major risk factors are chronic hepatitis B viral infection, and exposure to aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in the food supply. People exposed to both factors are at extremely high risk for liver cancer. Peanuts, corn, rice, and other grains and nuts stored under warm damp conditions can be infected with the mould Aspergillus flavus, which produces AFB1, one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals, or carcinogens, ever discovered.
Dr. Tom Kensler and Dr. John Groopman of Johns Hopkins University conducted a double-blind study among residents of Qidong, China. The people of the region have an extraordinarily high rate of liver cancer, which is due in part from routinely eating foods contaminated with carcinogenic aflatoxins. According to the study’s results, the people who took chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll, showed a 55 percent reduction in aflatoxin-DNA damage, compared to the placebo group.
This study adds to evidence that green vegetables contain effective anti-carcinogens. The researchers believe that the risk of liver, colon, stomach, and lung cancer, which include the leading causes of cancer death in the world, may easily be cut in half by appropriate daily intake of simple, safe, inexpensive chlorophyll derivatives.
It’s surprising that chlorophyllin is virtually unheard of. Nutrition councils recommend 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily with particular emphasis on “greens”. Unfortunately, to obtain the benefits found in one dose of chlorophyllin you would have to consume massive amounts of fresh or frozen produce. But you also have the option of “drinking your greens” in a delicious fashion and getting a wide range of nutrients in the process. The chlorophyll that I drink regularly is extracted from alfalfa plants that are a rich source of nutrients.
How powerful is it to be able to drink chlorophyll directly and derive all these health benefits. It is inexpensive, tasty and has many proven health benefits. The chlorophyll drink provides 100 mg of chlorophyllin per tablespoon, which is a very high concentration. You get tremendous value for your money.
Diluted in a glass of water, chlorophyll is a very healthy purifying drink. It contributes to the purification of the blood by oxygenating red blood cells and helping the system to release toxins. This product also helps to alkalinize and deodorize the body.
Where else can you get such a high concentration of nutrients for such a low price? I put 2 to 3 tablespoons of chlorophyll in my bottle of water, giving it a nice “minty” taste. An added benefit is that I am more motivated to drink water as a result because it tastes good and I know that I am getting all of these benefits. You can purchase chlorophyll at most health food stores and you can mix it into a small amount or a large amount of water, depending on your preference.
Dr. Ed Chicoine, Chiropractor
The information provided is for education purposes only. It`s not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition. If you have health problems, please consult with your doctor or other health professional before you make any major changes in your lifestyle.