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Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the green pigment that is responsible for the green colour we see in plants, leaves and stems. It is required for carrying out photosynthesis by plants by converting the light energy into chemical energy for the preparation of their food using carbon dioxide, minerals, water and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Its structure is same as the haemoglobin present in human blood.

Benefits of taking Chlorophyll

  • It helps in the detoxification of blood and even promotes proper movement of bowels
  • It is also used to treat bad breath
  • It also protects DNA damage of the colon cells, if taking properly in your diet
  • It also has potential therapeutic activity against cancer cells
  • It promotes iron levels in our blood

Natural Sources of Chlorophyll
Although all green plants contain chlorophyll, yet we cannot consume all plants in order to acquire chlorophyll so we have to select those are safe for consumption. A huge amount of chlorophyll is present in broccoli, Brussels, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, wheat grass, alfalfa, Chlorella algae, parsley, etc.

When should you take Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll should only be taken after consulting with a doctor; if you already take other medicines you must talk to your consultant. It has high sensitivity because it can lower blood sugar levels at a time or can cause sun allergies if not taken in the proper way. So, caution needed to be taken while consuming it.

When should you avoid Chlorophyll?
You should not consume chlorophyll if you are already a low blood pressure patient or with other medicines. You should not start taking it without talking to your doctor. Do not take chlorophyll if you develop photosensitive rashes, you must stop taking it.

Quantity to be taken
Though, the chlorophyll supplements are not standardized, yet by the “Natural Standard” it has been recommended to take 100mg of the Chlorophyll supplement twice or thrice a day. The dosage of this 100mg for about 3-4 months has been seen to give protection against aflatoxin.

Expert Tips/Precautions

  • People developing rashes from sun, must not take Chlorophyll at all
  • It can lower the blood sugar levels, thus adding effect to the medications of diabetes
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding mother is also not advised to take Chlorophyll for that particular period of time
  • People having a digestive problem should not consume it bluntly because chlorophyll poisoning may cause digestive problems like diarrhoea, stomach cramps, etc