Chlorophyll- Nature's Green Wonder Food
Thursday, August 1st 2002
Often referred to as "Nature's Green Magic", chlorophyll is the green pigment found in all green plants. Using sunlight and water absorbed from the roots, the plants undergo a process called photosynthesis that relies on chlorophyll to produce chemical energy in the form of carbohydrates. This is the food the plant uses, which we then eventually consume when we eat the plant. Dr James Balch M.D. noted that "Chlorophyll has been compared with human blood by some researchers. They refer to chlorophyll as the 'blood' of plants and the analogy is quite appropriate when you consider the chemical composition of each. Haemoglobin (blood) and chlorophyll are indeed similar; just about the only difference is that haemoglobin contains iron bonded in its structure and chlorophyll contains magnesium."
History of intrigue
For many years scientists have been intrigued by the green pigment of living plant life. Records show that chlorophyll has been under chemical investigation since 1771. It was officially given the name chlorophyll in 1818 and in 1911 a group of scientists were finally able to establish the chemical structure of chlorophyll. Its role in the process of photosynthesis was discovered in 1938. Researchers continue to examine chlorophyll and the many benefits it offers people. It has come to be used as a daily supplement and as an excellent internal deodorant. The deodorising power of chlorophyll was first observed in 1940 when it was successfully used as an ointment on foul-smelling wounds and ulcers. In 1950, interest in the deodorising aspect was greatly increased when one scientist described how he had been able to eliminate mouth and body odours with chlorophyll.
Current research has proven that water-soluble chlorophyll concentrate quickly assimilates into the body and provides maximum effectiveness in actively reducing odours originating in the body. Based on these findings, chlorophyll is used extensively by people suffering from conditions associated with incontinence and ostomies. Millions of people around the world suffer from incontinence (inability to control bodily discharge), millions more have existing ostomies (an opening through the abdominal wall for the purpose of eliminating waste) and thousands require ostomies annually. Many of these people feel isolated due to the unpleasant odours associated with these conditions. The odours associated with incontinence and ostomies are often eradicated with regular use of Chlorofresh.
Chlorophyll effectively deodorises the digestive and urinary tracts to neutralise offensive internal body odours. It also controls recurrent or occasional offensive urine and faecal odours. Chlorophyll performs its deodorising function in two ways. First, it is a natural freshening agent itself. Second, it has bacterial inhibiting characteristics that help prevent bacteria induced odours. Another popular use for chlorophyll is as part of an intestinal cleansing programme. For those who need the occasional use of laxatives, chlorophyll can be an effective adjunct to freshen the gastrointestinal tract and prevent the development of offensive body odours.
Although there are many possible plant sources for extracting chlorophyll from, the chlorophyll concentrate found in Chlorofresh is extracted from young tender alfalfa leaves. Alfalfa was chosen as the plant source because it is an excellent source of both chlorophyll and other important nutrients. Translated from Arabic, alfalfa means "the father of all foods" and is currently one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world. Only carefully selected alfalfa is harvested for use in Chlorofresh.
Because chlorophyll is easily destroyed by heat, light and plant enzymes, the production process is critical. In order to preserve the chlorophyll in Chlorofresh, dehumidified air is used rather than heat to remove moisture. This process minimises degradation of the chlorophyll. To further stabilise the chlorophyll the magnesium is replaced by the trace mineral copper. These steps insure that Chlorofresh is a premium source of intact chlorophyll. Chlorofresh is available in convenient capsules or as natural or mint flavoured liquid which does not contain any artificial colours or preservatives and are water soluble for maximum effectiveness. Everyone can benefit from the internal deodorising provided by Nature's Way Chlorofresh even those who experience the inconvenience of occasional odour problems.
Reproduced unabridged from the August-September 2002 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for getting a natural source of Chlorophyll:
Barley Grass Powder
Good Green Stuff
Chlorofresh Liquid, Mint
Chlorofresh liquid, natural
Ultimate Greens Vege Caps
Wheat Grass Capsules
Wheat Grass Powder
We would always recommend taking a probiotic as well
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Alfamax, a rich source of Vitamins and Minerals
FOS - prebiotic food
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