Chlorophyll: The Vast Array Of Health And Fitness Benefits

When you read the word Chlorophyll in this title, you may have taken a trip down memory lane back to your high school biology lessons about plants and photosynthesis! Chlorophyll is the molecule which gives plants and algae their vibrant green colour. It absorbs sunlight and combined with carbon dioxide and water is able to miraculously synthesise glucose in a process called photosynthesis. I know, it's all coming back to you now isn't it? But chlorophyll is not just essential for plants, it is greatly beneficial to humans as well!

One of the most interesting facts about chlorophyll is how closely it resembles haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the molecule which gives our red blood cells their vibrant colour as well as their oxygen carrying capacity. The only difference between chlorophyll and haemoglobin is the centre atom of the molecule. In haemoglobin it is iron and in chlorophyll it is magnesium. This makes chlorophyll a powerful blood cleanser, helping to replenish and even increase red blood cell count.

Chlorophyll also helps to alkalise the blood, creating an undesirable environment for infection and disease and helping to strengthen the immune system and give energy levels a boost!

Chlorophyll boasts amino acids, vitamins and minerals and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Other health benefits associated with chlorophyll include enhanced recovery from injury and illness, detoxification, enhanced digestive transit and gut flora health, improved skin, teeth and gum health and it is even attributed with helping addicts to quit bad habits – ie smoking!

You can ensure that you include chlorophyll in your diet by consuming dark leafy greens (the darker, the better), blue-green algae such as spirulina and chlorella, sprouts and wheatgrass. These foods must be eaten raw or slightly steamed. Alternatively, you can supplement with LifeStream Organic Wheatgrass Powder which can be added to smoothies or protein shakes.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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