Chlorophyll, Alkalizing Effects and Gut Immune Health Benefits from Greens
No doubt you’ve heard of chlorophyll. It’s what’s in green plants giving them their green appearance. It is plants’ “green blood.” Chlorophyll can convert the sun’s energy into chemical energy through “photosynthesis.” It’s nothing short of spectacular.
What you may not know about chlorophyll, however, is that its chemical makeup is similar to the oxygen-carrying part of the blood’s hemoglobin, called heme. Hemoglobin, of course, is what’s in human blood carrying oxygen from the lungs to the other cells and tissues of the body.
Interestingly, much of what builds and sustains the essential elements of blood is also found in foods packed with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a health-boosting green machine, too. Among other things, research points out that chlorophyll stimulates red blood cells’ quality and quantity, supports healthy oxygenation, detoxifies the liver, boosts energy levels, cleans the digestive tract and is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals. Greens also have a strong alkalizing effect on the body. But wait; there’s more. Greens can also bolster immunity—starting with the gut.
Researchers from Babraham Institute in Cambridge and the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research found that what’s in green veggies such as broccoli and Chinese cabbage interact positively with immune cells in the gut, providing greater protection against unwanted invaders. And that’s no small deal, since up to 80 percent of your immune cells are housed in the gut!
Now back to greens. Researchers found that the gut immune cells, called intraepithelial lymphocytes, or IELs, are protected by and increased in numbers by green veggies’ chemical makeup. But here’s the kicker: the green veggies’ compounds activate those precious immune cells!
There are numerous greens benefits, but be sure you get some of the greenest greens around. Not all greens weigh in the same nutritionally or in quality. Truth is, there are some greens that are just plain ol’ foods and others that classify as “superfoods”—foods that provide health benefits far beyond their recognized nutritional value.
So make sure your greens are the greenest, nutrient-dense, juiced, CLEAN—Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified available.
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This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.