Superfood Me: Chlorophyll

Aug 30, 2016 @ Project Juice

We like to refer to it as liquid gold.

It’s a key ingredient in our D-Tox blend and prevalent in all our green juices – a detoxifying property that heals from the inside out!

Read below for the low-down on this antioxidant-rich, blood-oxygenating superfood you need to add to your wellness routine today.

What is Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is a molecule found in plants that collects sunlight and turns it into energy in a process called photosynthesis. It’s also what gives plants their green pigment!

In terms of its nutritional breakdown, chlorophyll is rich in vitamin A, C, E, and K along with the minerals iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

What are the benefits of Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll’s makeup is almost identical to hemoglobin – the protein in our bodies responsible for oxygenating our blood and building red blood cells.

Therefore, supplementing with chlorophyll can increase the overall amount of oxygen in our blood and give an immediate boost of energy and vitality. For the same reason, chlorophyll has been used for many years in speeding up the healing time of wounds and as a combatant to anemia.

Liquid chlorophyll has a detoxifying effect on the liver and blood. It binds to toxic metals our bodies are exposed to daily, like mercury, and slows their absorption. Chlorophyll’s antioxidant properties protect cells from free radicals and may help prevent the growth of cancer.

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Additionally, recent studies suggests that compounds (thylakoids) in chlorophyll may help suppress appetite and promoting satiety in efforts to lose weight.

Chlorophyll also has an alkalizing effect on the body and has been used as a potent internal deodorant to combat bad breath and other offensive body odors for many years.

Where to get Chlorophyll

You can get your chlorophyll fix by consuming dark, leafy greens like kale & spinach, green veggies like broccoli and asparagus, wheatgrass, alfalfa (… even kiwi!) to name a few.

Looking for a clean side dish to add to your next meal?
Try this simple broccoli and tahini combo!

Alternatively, supplementing your diet with chlorophyll can give you these concentrated benefits, as well.

Most capsule and liquid forms of chlorophyll have at least 100mg of chlorophyll with each small (and mildly-flavored) dose. For the same amount of chlorophyll you would have to drink more than ¾ cup of wheatgrass juice, eat more than 4 cups of spinach, and just over 8 cups of arugula!

Chlorophyll can be found in liquid or capsule form at health food stores or online. For a liquid form, try adding Nature’s Way Mint Chlorofresh to your water daily for a light, natural mint flavor. Or try Now Foods Chlorophyll vegan capsules for an easy way to incorporate chlorophyll into your daily routine.

Author: Marra St. Clair

Co-Founder of Project Juice, Marra also holds a certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning as a Pilates instructor, and is also a certified personal trainer from the Academy of Sports Medicine, a certified Gyrotonic instructor, a certified nutritional consultant and a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. When she is not coaching people through Project Juice, she is a highly recommended personal trainer and Pilates instructor.