You never know what thoughts a blockbuster hit movie will spawn. Take, for example, the recent Star Trek movie. While the movie itself has made headlines, we just can’t help but think of the Vulcan characters in that movie and in past Star Trek movies. Perhaps what stands out the most to us is that Vulcans are green blooded.
Vulcans having green blood, then, reminds us about the green of chlorophyll and of how it’s related to our red blood. In fact, at one point in the 2009 Star Trek movie, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy calls Spock, the Vulcan character, a “green-blooded hobgoblin.”
Through a bit of word play, the green-blooded hobgoblin name calling reminded us that the chemical makeup of chlorophyll (which is green) is similar to humans’ red-blooded hemoglobin.
No doubt you’ve heard of chlorophyll. It’s what’s in green plants that actually makes them appear green. You might call it plants’ “green blood.” Chlorophyll is unique that way. It can convert the sun’s energy into chemical energy through a process known as photosynthesis. It’s nothing short of spectacular.
What you may not know about chlorophyll, however, is that chlorophyll’s chemical makeup is also similar to the oxygen-carrying part of the blood’s hemoglobin, called heme. In fact, the chlorophyll molecule structurally resembles the hemoglobin molecule found in human blood. The main difference is hemoglobin contains iron and chlorophyll contains magnesium. Both molecules, however, provide a life-giving source of oxygen, which provides energy to all cells and is needed for the organism to live.
Interestingly, much of what builds and sustains the essential elements of blood is also found in foods packed with chlorophyll, such as cereal grasses and other greens. Chlorophyll is a health-boosting green machine, too. Among other things, research points out that chlorophyll:
- stimulates the synthesis of red blood cells, increasing the quality and quantity of them.
- supports healthy oxygen transportation in the body.
- boosts energy levels.
- detoxifies the liver.
- cleans the digestive tract, while supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics).
- supports healthy wound healing.
- can provide protection from toxic chemicals.
- helps to support repair of damaged tissues.
- is a powerful antioxidant that can fight off free radicals.
- can inhibit the growth of unfriendly bacteria.
- can help support already healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
So, green your blood—and receive other health benefits—with chlorophyll from green foods. It won’t make you a Vulcan, but it could make you “live long and prosper” health-wise.