Guest article by Barbara Swanson and with thanks to Mark Segars
Certain of our body’s unique nutrients have an eerie relationship to pigments found in blue green algae. We are going to discuss one of the most important: Chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is a green pigment developed by plants to capture the energy of the sun. Hemoglobin is a protein molecule, developed by animals to capture energy from oxygen. They are almost an exact molecular match. Thus, chlorophyll is often called food for the blood. Because of this, chlorophyll in green foods supports healthy blood and circulation.
“Chlorophyll is the sun nutrient which is the basis for all plant life activity; the green blood of plants becomes the red blood of animals and humans.” Alive and Well
The Importance of Chlorophyll Rich Foods
Proven benefits include:
- Healthy immune function support – According to Let’s Live, it is believed that chlorophyll may increase phagocyte activity (the white blood cells that gobble up microbes).
- Help to maintain proper operation of the intestinal tract.
The natural alkalinity of chlorophyll assists the body’s pH balance by neutralizing the acidifying and stimulating effect of excess protein, sugars and starch.
How does one take chlorophyll?
Eat lots of raw green foods!
Green foods filled with chlorophyll often also contain other important micronutrients, such as B vitamin complexes, Vit. C, pro-vitamin A (beta carotene). They also contain minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium, plus the individual phytonutrient antioxidants found in most plants.
We can also get the benefits of green foods through capsules. We need to make sure the products are low-temperature dehydrated and organic or wild crafted. Best sources include wheat grass, different sprouted cereal grasses like barley and oat; and green or blue green algae.
The highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food is found in edible microalgae harvested wild from Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon.
Chlorophyll content* per 1 gram:
Wild blue green AFA algae 30 mg
Spirulina 11.5 mg
Chlorella 28 mg
Barley Grass 14.9 mg
Wheat Grass 5.5 mg
*Dry weight; sourced from Simply The Best