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Green for Life, the Healing Power of Chlorophyll
The longer I live, the more I admire nature. When hiking in the morning, if I run into a deer, squirrel, or any other creature, I freeze and absorb them with my eyes zealously, as if nothing else matters for me. I sense a great mystery in animals, flowers, trees, and especially in the sun. When I look at the sun, I appreciate that sunshine is free and equally available to everyone.
However, not many people are aware of sunlight’s liquefied form, chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is as important as sunlight! No life is possible without sunshine, and no life is possible without chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is liquefied sun energy. Consuming as much chlorophyll as possible is like bathing our inner organs in sunshine. The molecule of chlorophyll is remarkably similar to the heme molecule in human blood. It heals and cleanses all our organs and even destroys many of our internal enemies, like pathogenic bacteria, fungi, cancer cells and many others.
To experience optimal health we need to have 80 to 85 percent of “good” bacteria in our intestines. Friendly bacteria manufacture many essential nutrients for our body, including vitamin k, B vitamins, numerous helpful enzymes, and other vital substances. Such “good,” or aerobic, bacteria thrive in the presence of oxygen and require it for their continued growth and existence. That is why, if we do not have enough oxygen in the cells of our body, “bad” bacteria take over and begin to thrive, causing an extreme amount of infection and disease. These pathogenic bacteria are anaerobic and cannot tolerate gaseous oxygen.
Since ancient times, chlorophyll has served as a miraculous healer. Chlorophyll carries significant amounts of oxygen with it and thus plays a critical role in supporting the aerobic bacteria. Therefore, the more chlorophyll we consume, the better our intestinal flora and overall health will be. Considering that greens are a major source of chlorophyll, it is difficult to find a better way of consuming chlorophyll than drinking green smoothies. Chlorophyll has been proven helpful in preventing and healing many forms of cancer and arteriosclerosis. Abundant scientific research shows that there are hardly any illnesses that could not be helped by chlorophyll.
With the high oxygen content in chlorophyll and the high mineral content in green plants, greens are the most alkalizing food that exists on our planet. Another great way to get chlorophyll and nutrients from greens is drinking wheatgrass juice. This highly nourishing drink was invented by Dr. Ann Wigmore and is becoming more and more popular all the time. Wheatgrass juice consists of 70 percent chlorophyll and contains 92 different minerals of the 102 minerals in the human body, as well as beta-carotene, the B vitamins, vitamins C, E, H, and K, 19 amino acids, and beneficial enzymes. All of these properties make wheatgrass an extraordinary health builder.3
1) Otto Warburg, “The oxygen-transferring Ferment of respiration,” 1931 Nobel Prize lecture, Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1922–1941 (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1965).
2)Patricia Egner, Jin-Bing Wang, et al., “Chlorophyllin Reduces Aflatoxin Indicators Among People at High risk for Liver Cancer,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98 (November 27, 2001).
3) S. Chernomorsky et al., “Effect of Dietary Chlorophyll Derivatives on
Mutagenesis and Tumor Cell Growth,” Teratogenesis, Carcinogenesis, and
Mutagenesis 79 (1999): 313–322.
4) M. Vlad et al., Effect of Cuprofilin on Experimental Atherosclerosis, Institute of Public Health and Medical Research, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1995.
From Green For Life: The Updated Classic on Smoothie Nutrition by Victoria Boutenko, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2010 by Victoria Boutenko. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
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