Chlorophyll, many of us spent time studying it back in high school. Back then we learned that it was the stuff that made plants green and helped them make food. That’s about as far as the typical chlorophyll studies took most of us. But, of course, there’s much more to chlorophyll, especially when it comes to health benefits. Before we dive in let’s refresh on exactly what chlorophyll is.
Chlorophyll belongs to a group of compounds known as phytopigments. By definition, phytopigments are color compounds that occur naturally in plants. They are responsible for all the different colors you see in plants from the orange in carrots to the yellow in sunflowers. Chlorophyll, in particular, is a green phytopigment found mainly in plant leaves, and branches. It is also found in blue-green microalgae species.
Chlorophyll plays a crucial part in the survival of plants mainly due to photosynthesis, the process in which plants make their own food. This powerful phytopigment has one job in the process which is to trap sunlight. The light is used in chemical reactions to produce energy and release oxygen as a by-product.
While chlorophyll is predominantly found in and utilized by plants and algae, it’s also extracted and duplicated for commercial use. You can find it in food coloring, deodorants, and medicinal applications, to name a few.
But, that’s not where the use of this mighty phytopigment ends. Chlorophyll is highly regarded in the world of health and wellness and with good reason, it’s loaded with benefits.
Benefits of Chlorophyll
- Combats Acne. Studies show that chlorophyll plays a role in achieving healthy glowing skin. As a topical, the phytopigment helps reduce the severity of acne breakouts. One study, in particular, demonstrated the effectiveness of this phytopigment whether applied topically or consumed orally.
- Deodorant Effects. This green pigment comes in handy when it comes to keeping body odors at bay. Chlorophyll has a deodorizing effect that has been shown to help deal with specific odors like menstrual, oral, and gut odors.
- Increase Energy Levels. You might also notice a change in energy levels and general quality of life. This happens both directly and indirectly. Chlorophyll itself has effects on different systems involved in energy metabolism and distribution including the circulatory system which is responsible for transporting oxygen and nourishment to body tissues. It could also act indirectly through its sources. As you will see shortly, the sources of chlorophyll are healthy sources of slow-release energy that will boost your vitality.
- Graceful Aging. Chlorophyll might also come in handy if you are looking for the secret to graceful aging. There is no compound that can reverse the hands of time. However, with its skin benefits, antioxidant effects, and general improvement of energy levels, chlorophyll might just help you slow things down.
6 Sources of Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll can be found in almost all plants and blue-green microalgae. However, we do not always consume the parts of these plants that contain the phytopigment. To help you easily incorporate this powerful phytopigment into your diet, here are the six excellent sources of chlorophyll.
- Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). Also known as organic Wild Microalgae®, this freshwater blue-green algae is best known for its superfood properties and amazing nutrient profile. Of course, a key component of this profile is chlorophyll. AFA blue-green algae contains 300 mg of chlorophyll per 10 grams with a daily dose being about 1 gram of algae.*
- Spirulina. Another member of the blue-green algae family, spirulina is rich in nutrients, specifically the B complex including B1, B2, B3, and B6. Among the other nutrients and phytopigments is chlorophyll. Spirulina contains 115 mg of chlorophyll per 10 grams with a daily dose being about 1 gram of algae.
- Leafy, green vegetables. Leafy greens are excellent sources of chlorophyll with common options including kale, spinach, and collard greens. These leafy greens are also rich in other micronutrients and fiber for gut health and general well-being.
- Green beans. Also known as French or snap beans, green beans are variations of regular beans that are harvested when unripe. Due to the timing of their harvesting, they are rich in chlorophyll. They are also a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Seaweed. Seaweed has been a part of the human diet for centuries and is consumed mainly in Eastern Asian societies. Today, it has become a mainstream ingredient used everywhere from sushi spreads to ramen bowls. The umami-rich ingredient is a fantastic source of phytopigments including chlorophyll and is definitely worth adding to your diet for a fresh and exciting new source.
- Broccoli. You do not have to like broccoli to agree that those puffy green veggies have a lot to offer in terms of health benefits. They are all green and therefore rich in chlorophyll. For the best results, make sure to consume them as fresh as possible.
Boost Your Chlorophyll
Health and wellness are a constant journey and the actions that we take every day drive us on this journey. We know that vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and phytopigments (including chlorophyll) are vital and essential for this journey. So it’s in our best interest to focus on boosting these nutrients every day!
Aside from practicing a healthy diet that is composed of whole foods including a variety of leafy greens, whole grains, fresh fruits, and pure water, supplements are an excellent way to boost your nutrients and incorporate chlorophyll into your daily diet.
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*As with any organic wild-harvested plant, nutrient levels may vary based on the time of harvest.