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Why You Should Eat More Chlorophyll-Rich Foods

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  • Chlorophyll is a pigment that absorbs blue and some red portions of the electromagnetic spectrum and gives plants their green color. The deeper, darker the green, the more chlorophyll the plant contains
  • Chlorophyll has a number of important biological activities, several of which offer protection against cancer. This includes antioxidant effects and binding to carcinogenic chemicals, allowing your body to safely eliminate them
  • Other health benefits of chlorophyll include cleansing elimination systems such as your bowel, liver and blood, improving transport of oxygen throughout your body, relieving inflammation and pain, stimulating your immune system, and boosting beneficial bacteria in your intestines
  • Research shows chlorophyll modulates mitochondrial ATP, and that humans are able to derive energy from sunlight through consumption of plant chlorophyll
  • Dietary chlorophyll, along with its metabolites and sunlight exposure, help maintain a healthy ubiquinol level in your body, which in turn helps regulate your plasma redox status — a factor that plays an important role in the aging process and is an indicator of disease severity in ill patients

By Dr. Mercola

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants absorb light from the sun — along with water and carbon dioxide — and transform it into the food they need for growth. Oxygen, the nutrient that virtually all eukaryotic cells require to generate energy in their mitochondria, is a byproduct of photosynthesis.

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