When clients ask me about my favourite supplements/superfoods my answer is ‘it usually depends on the season’. So this season I am all over chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment you find in plants and algae. It is also involved in the process of photosynthesis, which is where plants convert sunlight into energy that they can use. Its chemical structure is similar to that of haemoglobin, which is the protein that our body makes to transport oxygen around to our cells. It is believed that due to this, chlorophyll can actually be beneficial in increasing the quality and quantity of our red blood cells, improving our general well being and energy levels. It however doesn’t stop there. Other benefits of chlorophyll include:
- antioxidant and anti-inflammatory- protects the body from oxidative damage by eliminating free radicals. Chlorophyll and its degradation products are also abundant anti inflammatory agents
- chelator of heavy metals- chlorophyll has the ability to bind to and eliminate heavy metals. You would be surprised how many heavy metals we are exposed to so you can bet this is one of chlorophylls best benefits
- deodoriser- chlorophyll has reportedly known to reduce bad breath and body odour. It also promotes a healthy digestive system which is a causative factor of bad breath
- alkaliser- chlorophyll is rich in magnesium which is a highly alkaline mineral
- rich in nutrients- these include iron, folic acid, calcium, protein and vitamins A, C, E and K. Who doesn’t need more nutrients?
So how do you take this amazing superfood? Chlorophyll comes in a liquid form so you can add 1 tsp in a glass of water first thing in the morning. It has a mint taste so I add it to my drink bottle and sip on it throughout the day. As mentioned above it’s naturally found in green leafy vegetables so increasing these in the diet will also help you increase your ingestion of chlorophyll. So get your body ready for the festive season and try out some chlorophyll.