In recent years there has been an explosion of companies marketing green food supplements such as chlorella, spirulina and wheat grass. Not so long ago, green food nutrition was reserved for those who were serious about their health, but news of the benefits of green food diets and supplements have spread, and we’re all taking note.
The most popular green food supplements are those containing chlorella and/or spirulina. These are algae which tend to contain varying amounts of protein, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and crucially they are a rich source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that gives leaves, vegetables, seaweed and algae their colour.
So what makes chlorophyll unique and what are the benefits of taking chlorophyll-rich supplements? At a molecular level, chlorophyll is almost identical to haemoglobin, the oxygen carrier in our blood. Without sufficient oxygen, our bodies become sluggish and energy release is diminished greatly.
Chlorophyll helps to soothe and encourage the healing of inflamed tissues in our digestive system which explains why green food supplements are often recommended for those suffering from IBS and colitis. Chlorophyll is also an excellent internal deodoriser. Instead of masking odours like deodorants do, chlorophyll appears to work by getting rid of the odour causing compounds. Chlorophyll helps to relieve bad breath, body odour and perspiration odour effectively – in fact, there was even a well known chewing gum which contained chlorophyll within the formulation.
Source: Fashion telegraph