Chlorophyll is a true super nutrient. It is almost molecularly identical to our red blood cells, with the only difference being that it has a magnesium molecule at its centre instead of an iron molecule that our red blood cells have. It is this chemical structure which makes chlorophyll so healthful for humans. Chlorophyll will act like haemoglobin (the constituent in our blood responsible for transporting oxygen), which will increase nutrient delivery to and oxygenation of our cells.  Chlorophyll is also rich in antioxidant vitamins, which will help to bring down inflammation in your body, combat free-radical damage and protect you from tumor growth.

So, where can you find this magic elixir of health? It is found in all green foods!  Here is a little list of chlorophyll superstars, and some of their other benefits:

Spirulina:

Spirulina is a blue green algae that is bursting with chlorophyll. It is also 60% protein, high in many other vitamins and minerals, as well as an array of antioxidants.

Chlorella:

Chlorella is also a blue-green algae which has a very powerful detoxifying effect  for the body. It has been shown in studies to help rid the body of heavy metals and even PCB chemicals. It’s an amazing immune system booster, promoting white blood cell activation which makes it anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-tumour. Be sure to get your algae from a a safe and trusted source. We like to use Health Force Chlorella.

Kale:

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This wonder green is a very rich source of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which makes it a very protective plant food to eat. It is also rich in fibre, which will bind with bad cholesterol (and other toxins) in your body and safely usher them out of your system.

Parsley:

Parsley is known for being a blood cleanser. It is also high in vitamin C, which makes it a really great inflammatory fighting food and helps the body absorb iron. It is rich in vitamin K, a molecule that stimulates a protein that helps to build our bones.

Cilantro:

Cilantro is an awesome herb to take to help your body rid itself of heavy metals. This powerful herb binds with heavy metals in your blood such as mercury and lead, and safely ushers them out of your body. Cilantro also can help protect you against the salmonella bacterium.

A great way to get your daily dose of chlorophyll is to make yourself a nutrient dense salad. One of my personal favorites looks like this:

Kale and Leafy Greens

Blood Building Salad

Salad:

  • 5 leaves kale – washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves – chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves – chopped
  • 1 scallion – finely chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli – chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 large beet – grated

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup  tbsp hemp oil – or coconut oil
  • 2 lemons – squeezed
  • 3-4 dates – pitted
  • 1 inch piece of ginger – diced
  • 1/4  cup Apple Cider Vinegar.

Directions:

Wash and chop your salad ingredients, and place them in a bowl. For the Kale and Broccoli, you may want to gently steam them first and then blend your dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour 1-2 tbsp dressing over your salad ingredients and massage into your kale and broccoli. This will help to soften some of the harsher fibres, making the Chlorophyll in these plants more bio-available for you! Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Try the Healing Cleanse Smoothie or give our Living Coconut Chlorophyll Elixir a go!

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