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Chlorophyll is in fact the molecule that absorbs sunlight and uses its energy to synthesise CO2 and water (aka photosynthesis), which is the basis for sustaining the life of all plants. Pretty important stuff. It also gives plants and plant foods their beautiful green colour.
Why is it so good for you?
It acts as a deodoriser, promoting a healthy digestive tract and minimising bad breath and perspiration. Chlorophyll is also a rich source of antioxidants and studies have shown that it helps to prevent liver cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals; vitamin A, C, K, and E, folic acid, iron, calcium and protein.
Chlorophyll is naturally occurring in green vegetables like asparagus, green capsicum, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, spinach, green beans, green peas, kale, leeks, green olives, parsley, cos lettuce and seaweed.
If you want to supplement your diet with a little extra green goodness, try liquid chlorophyll. Simply mix a teaspoon or two in your glass of water, juice or smoothie.
Brands I love:Nature’s Sunshine
One of the strongest concentrates and best brands available, Nature’s Sunshine is a little more expensive, but comes highly recommended. Available from most heath food stores or online at Natural Health Direct for $24.95 per 475ml.
Grant’s Liquid Chlorophyll
This is my favourite. While not as potent as Nature’s Sunshine, it has a really nice minty flavor and is the most palatable in my opinion. Available from most health food stores or online at Organic Beauty for $13.85 per 500ml.
As the old saying goes, if you’re green inside, you’re clean inside.
P.S. It tastes better if you drink it from a wine glass!*
- This may not actually be true…
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Emma Seibold is a yoga teacher, health & wellness coach, founder of Barre Body and Urban Remedy Cleanse and mother of one beautiful boy. A busy, but very fulfilling life.
Accredited dietician Katherine Shone from Nutrition Australia answers some common nutrition questions asked by active people: