Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in virtually all land plants, and plays a vital role in photosynthesis. It is through chlorophyll that plants are able to convert sunlight to sugars and energy. It is now known that chlorophyll has a number of potential benefits for human health.
One of the most important benefits of chlorophyll is that it can bind toxins in the body. Studies have shown that chlorophyll can prevent the absorption of certain carcinogens.
Chlorophyll is also known to increase enzymes which protect liver health, thereby further helping the body to detoxify and stay healthy.
We know that chlorophyll can help to turn off an inflammatory cytokine, which means it could potentially be of benefit in the treatment of inflammatory and chronic illnesses. It appears from early evidence that chlorophyll may also have an effect on appetite hormones, so it also has potential as a weight loss supplement, as part of a healthy diet.
Chlorophyll is also a potent antioxidant, helping to protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, and it has been used in ointments to help heal open wounds such as ulcers.
The best sources of chlorophyll in the diet are dark leafy greens, sprouts, wheatgrass, green tea and algae such as chlorella or spirulina; you can also buy chlorophyll supplements as tablets or juice.