How Do You Get Your Chlorophyll
- Created: 01 February 2016 01 February 2016
Change Chai co-founder, Alistair Schuback shares the skinny on Chlorophyll, its sources and benefits for our health. Change Chai is the healthy coffee alternative - 100% organic, sugar-free matcha green tea chai.
How do you get your chlorophyll?
You've likely heard about chlorophyll from the medical TV shows and a blurb or two from health magazines but sometimes the media presents supplements as the new fad. Chlorophyll is most definitely not a fad. It's essential. It’s all around us, in the leaves as we walk through the park, on the grocery store shelves as we browse through the leafy green vegetables. It is a vital part of the life of a plant and therefore it is also important to our lives as well.
What is chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that enable them to absorb light and turn it into energy. This process, called photosynthesis, allows the plant to make food. One of the smart attributes of chlorophyll is it's similarity to hemoglobin. You may remember from science class that hemoglobin is the essential product in red blood cells that carries oxygen to our body's tissues. Essentially, this is building and replenishing our blood. The most basic atom in hemoglobin is iron whereas in chlorophyll, the most fundamental atom is magnesium. Essentially, chlorophyll is performing the same function as hemoglobin, building the blood.
Sources and benefits of chlorophyll?
As mentioned above, you don't have to go far to find sources of chlorophyll. The main source for most of us is the vegetable section of local grocery store. Broccoli, kale, spinach, and cabbage are just some of the vegetables that we can eat to receive the benefits of chlorophyll. Blood building is one of the most important benefits but there are many others.
o Building up healthy iron levels is especially important to women who are menstruating and anyone who's levels are generally low.
o Hormonal balance is essential for women and men. Chlorophyll contains vitamin E which helps to stimulate testosterone and estrogen.
o Detoxifying properties: Chlorophyll can help cleanse the body of toxic metals.
o Assists in healing wounds: Chlorophyll can help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria o Can reduce body odors which include oral health.
o Alkalizing effect: Helps to create a more balanced alkaline acid level in the body.
o Helps to control hunger cravings. It is also reported to help with sugar cravings.
Are there other chlorophyll sources?
Not everyone is crazy about eating copious amounts of vegetables to get the amounts they need to realize the health benefits above. Women especially may be concerned that they will not obtain the benefits of increasing their iron levels during menopause if vegetables are not their favorite foods. There are some supplements we can consume that assist in obtaining a good level of chlorophyll. Some of those supplements include Liquid Cholorophyll (usually flavoured), Chlorella, Blue Green Algae, Alfalfa, Spirulina, Kelp or more commonly, Wheat Grass.
Can your daily cuppa do the job?
Matcha Green Tea Chai is a powerful source of chlorophyll. It is chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, chromium, and selenium. It boosts your metabolism and increases your energy. We may be biased but it's just a simple and enjoyable way to get your daily chlorophyll dose. Since so many companies are now onboard the Matcha 'train', it's a good idea to do your research and find a excellent source for your matcha. A certified organic source of the tea is always a safer bet. In fact, finding an organic source for all of the previously mentioned supplements is always helpful in eliminating harmful additives to your system. We all need our chlorophyll, matcha chai can be simple and tasty way to get it.
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