Its Many Wonders and Benefits


What is chlorophyll? 

Chlorophyll is literally defined as leaf green; the green colouring matter of leaves and plants, essential to the production of carbohydrates by photosynthesis, and occurring in a bluish-black form, called chlorophyll a, and a dark-green form, called chlorophyll b. 

Chlorophyll is a green granular matter formed in the cells of the leaves (and other parts exposed to light) of plants, to which they owe their green colour, and through which all ordinary assimilation of plant food takes place. Similar chlorophyll granules have been found in the tissues of the lower animals. 

Green plants take in sunlight and transform it into food! This is called photosynthesis, and it is one of the most fundamental processes in nature. Green plants, algae and certain bacteria use the light energy of the sun to form carbohydrate food. 

Not only do these greens nourish themselves and become the No. 1 food in the food chain, they also produce oxygen, playing a fundamental role in the biosphere of the planet. 

Fifty years ago, scientists proved that chlorophyll kills harmful bacteria. It fights strep and staph infections, bad odours in the mouth, gum disease, and destroys putrefactive bacteria in the digestive tract. It promotes healing of wounds by stimulating the production of connective tissue, helps ear infection, and the list goes on. 

Famous research scientist E. Bircher called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He said, "It increases the functions of the head, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs. 

It raises basic nitrogen exchange and is therefore a tonic which, considering its stimulating properties, cannot be compared with any other." 

The benefits of various green foods seem related to their chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level. 

It is known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems. 

Chlorophyll consumption increases the number of red blood cells and, therefore, increases oxygen utilization by the body. Chlorophyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. 

It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones (kidney stones) for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid. 

Chlorophyll is similar to haemoglobin in human blood

Chlorophyll's molecular structure is similar to the haemoglobin of human blood. Haemoglobin is our body's oxygen transporter. From a chemical standpoint, the components of chlorophyll are almost identical to those of haemoglobin. 

A German chemist, Dr Richard Wilsstatter, determined in 1913 that the two molecules closely resemble on another. He found that haemoglobin is composed of four elements - carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen - organized around a single atom of iron. 

Haemoglobin's iron content is the main reason we need a dietary supply of that mineral. Chlorophyll has the same elements, however they are organized around a single atom of magnesium. 

By taking chlorophyll into our bodies, we elevate the integrity of haemoglobin in our blood and that translates into improved energy, circulation and oxygenation. 

Chlorophyll contains vitamin, mineral and protein compounds and stands alone in its ability to stimulate the body on a cellular level. 

Not only does chlorophyll increase heart function and aid the vascular system, intestines, uterus, and lungs, it also acts as a chelator of heavy metals and chemical toxins (grabs on to these molecules and carries them out of the body). 

The colour of chlorophyll

It's usually easy to tell when a food has significant amounts of chlorophyll, because chlorophyll provides the green colour that is found in grasses, leaves, and many of the vegetables that we eat. 

These plants and foods would not be green without their chlorophyll, since chlorophyll pigments reflect sunlight at exact appropriate wavelengths for our eyes to detect them as green. 

The chlorophyll a molecule actually reflects light in a blue-green range (about 685 nanometer wavelengths), while chlorophyll b reflects light in a more yellow-green colour (about 735 nanometer wavelengths). 

The overall affect, however, is for us to see varying shades of a colour we would simply call "green." 

Foods that contain chlorophyll

While all green plants and most vegetables that we eat contain chlorophyll, some vegetables contain particularly high amounts of total chlorophyll. Best studied of all the vegetables is spinach which contains about 300-600 milligrams per ounce. 

To understand how high in chlorophyll this amount turns out to be, compare the chlorophyll content of spinach to another of the World's Healthiest Foods - olives. 

Chlorophyll is one of the primary pigments in olives, but olives contain only 30-300 micrograms per ounce (about 1/1000th as much as spinach). Some olive oil producers deliberately allow leaves to be placed in the olive presses to increase the chlorophyll and "grassiness" of the olive oil. 

All of the green vegetables in the World's Healthiest Foods are concentrated sources of chlorophyll, which include:

  • asparagus

  • beet greens

  • bell peppers 

  • broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • green cabbage

  • celery

  • collard greens

  • green beans

  • green peas

  • kale

  • leeks

  • green olives

  • parsley

  • romaine lettuce

  • sea vegetables

  • spinach 

  • Swiss chard 

  • turnip greens 

  • and many others

Alfalfa is one of the most mineral-rich green food ingredients known and is good to use while fasting because of its chlorophyll and nutrient content. 

It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, silicon plus traces of virtually all known vitamins and minerals. 

Cooking can destroy chlorophyll content in foods 

Overcooking is particularly important to avoid when it comes to chlorophyll, but with very short steaming times, the chlorophyll content of these foods is preserved, and absorption of chlorophyll from these foods may actually be increased. 

In studies on broccoli, for example, about two thirds of the chlorophyll was removed after 20 minutes of boiling. 

Researchers have also determined that there are steadily increasing losses of chlorophyll when the boiling time for broccoli is increased from 5 to 20 minutes. 

However, at cooking times less than five minutes, the research is not as clear, and some studies suggest that brief steaming of vegetables like spinach actually increases the amount of chlorophyll that can be absorbed into our body. 

Consumption of these green vegetables in raw form is also an excellent way to obtain the health benefits of chlorophyll. 

Alfalfa, a super source of chlorophyll

Alfalfa was discovered by the Arabs and is one of the first known herbs. They called it the "father of all foods." This is interesting as they knew only by evidential experience. 

It is only in recent years that we moderns are rediscovering its valuable nutritive properties. 

Alfalfa's organic salts are among the richest known, the depth and spread of its roots enabling it to absorb its valuable nutrition as far as 125 feet below the earth's surface. 

Alfalfa is a particularly valuable leguminous herb, not only rich in the principal mineral and chemical elements in the constitution of the human body, but it also has many of the trace elements obtained from deep in the soil where the roots reach down 30 to 100 feet. 

Alfalfa is rich in quality, quantity and proper balance of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Choline (vitamin B), Sodium, Potassium and Silicon in Alfalfa. These elements are all very much needed for the proper function of the various organs in the body. 

Alfalfa's benefits are contained in its leaves and smaller stems. Alfalfa best lends its properties to water. 

This means that when an infusion or tea is made from alfalfa leaves, we can obtain 90% of the potassium contained in the dried alfalfa plant, 85% of the magnesium, 75% of the phosphorus, 50% of the nitrogen, and 40% of the calcium when we brew and drink that cup of alfalfa tea. 

Speaking of nitrogen, alfalfa is a splendid plant to grow near other plants that need nitrogen. Alfalfa has been reported to be an appetizer, diuretic, tonic, nutritive (especially calcium) antianemic, and antihemorrhagic. 

Because the taproot of alfalfa penetrates beneath the soil to a depth of 65 feet or more, it is reported to absorb minerals from the subsoil which are inaccessible to plants having more shallow roots. 

The root of the alfalfa plant grows 10 times as fast as the stem during the first three weeks of its life. The depth of the root is attested to by a former Kansas State Secretary for the Department of Agriculture. 

Alfalfa leaves are extremely rich in calcium, which accounts for the claims of herbalists and doctors concerning the benefits of using alfalfa for repairing tooth damage and strengthening the structure of the teeth. 

Calcium is also necessary for proper muscle function, including the heart muscle as well. Calcium regulates the heart rhythm. How much simpler it is to indulge in alfalfa early in life rather than a pacemaker in later life. 

We have often heard that there is no vegetable source of Vitamin D. The sun, of course, is our favorite source. But did you know that alfalfa contains 4,740 International Units of Vitamin D per pound? 

In addition to the nutrients mentioned before, alfalfa also contains Vitamins K, A, E, B, and U. Vitamin K is essential in the clotting of blood and is a preventative measure against haemorrhages. Note: vitamin K is made by a healthy body in the large intestines). 

Many historical haemophiliacs would have benefited themselves had they considered the lowly alfalfa plant as something more than 'munchies' for their herds. 

We know of several cases where women who have just delivered babies have eaten alfalfa tablets like candy directly after the birth in order to shorten the postpartum bleeding time. 

Alfalfa is also a remarkable herb to bring in milk in a nursing mother. It has also been observed that Vitamin K is instrumental in lowering high blood pressure. 

Vitamin E is contained in alfalfa to the tune of 173.8 mg. per pound. Vitamin E is essential for the proper functioning of the reproductive system, and the Vitamin E found in alfalfa is so much more valuable than the synthetic variety which is not readily assimilated by the body. 

According to my personally supervised laboratory analysis of field dried alfalfa the following results were obtained:

  • Moisture: 9.5% 

  • Carbohydrate: 3.7% 

  • Protein: 15.3% 

  • Nitrogen: 50.9% 

  • Fat: 1.9% 

  • Calcium: 1.47% 

  • Fibre: 28.6% 

  • Phosphorus: 0.24% 

  • Ash: 8.0% 

  • Potassium: 1.97% 

  • Sodium: 0.15% 

  • Copper: 8.3% 

  • Chlorine: 0.28% (organic form) 

  • Zinc: 6.9% 

  • Magnesium: 0.31% 

  • Sulphur: 0.29% 

  • Iron: 0.017% 

  • Manganese: 25.4% 

The following results have been reported in milligrams per pound:

  • Beta Carotene: 123 mg/lb 

  • Vitamin A: 104,833 mg/lb - This is extremely high for a food 

  • Thiamine (vitamin B): 2.5 mg/lb 

  • Niacin (vitamin B): 18.0 mg/lb 

  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B): 9.0 mg/lb 

  • Biotin (vitamin B): 0.15 mg/lb 

  • Chlorine (organic) 

  • Folic acid 

  • Pyridoxine (vitamin B): found in very small amounts 

  • Betaine (also known as trimethylglycine), an amino acid 

As mentioned earlier, Vitamin D is found as 4740 International Units per pound of dried alfalfa. There is 173.8 IU's of Vitamin E in the specimen we gave for analysis. 

All these figures will, of course vary with the time and season of the harvest. Our sample had 9.4 mg. per pound of Vitamin K, the clotting factor. 

Now for the percentages of the essential amino acids found in alfalfa:

  • Arginine: 0.8% 

  • Methionine: 0.1% 

  • Cystine: 0.4% 

  • Phenylalanine: 0.8% 

  • Histidine: 0.3% 

  • Threonine: 0.7% 

  • Isoleucine: 0.9% 

  • Tryptophan: 0.3% 

  • Leucine: 1.3% 

  • Tyrosine: 0.6% 

  • Lysine: 1.1% 

  • Valine: 0.8%


Vitamin U, generally found in cabbage juice, acts as a healing agent in ulcers both in humans and laboratory animals according to many researchers. 

Alfalfa also contains a saponin which is a substance that forms colloidal dispersion (a soap suds-like reaction) when shaken with water. The steroid saponins have been recently successfully investigated for their suitability as cortisone and hormone precursors. 

Alfalfa can be used as a beverage as well as medicinally. When taken daily it can improve the appetite, alleviate urinary tract disorders such as the retention of water, and give relief for digestive and bowel problems such as peptic ulcer. 

A combination of alfalfa and peppermint makes a very pleasant tea for the refreshment of mind and body. According to May Bethel, author of The Healing Power of Herbs, 1968, alfalfa contains 8 known enzymes which are instrumental in food assimilation. 

Bethel also quotes Dr. W. H. Graves, D.C., who has successfully used alfalfa in cases of diabetes, rheumatism, toxaemia, jaundice, neuralgia, insomnia, nervousness, syphilis, constipation, lumbago (pain in the lower, or lumbar, region of the back or loins, esp. chronic or recurring pain), hardening of the arteries, water retention, prostatitis, anaemia, skin eruptions, poor complexion, and inflamed bladder. 

Graves also mentions alfalfa as a blood builder and beneficial for building teeth and bones. A little know fact recently observed by one biochemist is that an essential alkaloid in the leaves works on the central nervous system somehow to review minor pain (John Heinerman, Science of Herbal Medicine; Orem, Utah. p.97). 

The many benefits of chlorophyll

  • Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element. 

  • Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life. 

  • Chlorophyll is high in oxygen. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment. 

  • Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer. 

  • Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria. 

  • Chlorophyll rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anaemic or low in red cell count. 

  • Farmers in the mid-west who have sterile cows and bulls put them on chlorophyll in the form of wheat grass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.) 

  • Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them and makes them over. 

  • Chlorophyll (wheat grass juice) is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of Wheat grass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrot, lettuce, celery, and so forth. 

  • Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body. 

  • Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body. 

  • Chlorophyll helps purify the liver. 

  • Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems. 

In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), Bejamin Gruskin, M.D. recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: 

  • to clear up foul smelling odours 

  • neutralize strep infections 

  • heal wounds 

  • hasten skin grafting 

  • cure chronic sinusitis 

  • overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infection 

  • reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers 

  • eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions 

  • heal rectal sores 

  • successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix 

  • get rid of parasitic vaginal infections 

  • reduce typhoid fever 

  • cure advanced pyorrhoea (gum disease) in many cases

  • Chlorophyll is said to cure acne and even removes scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months. The diet must be improved at the same time.

  • Chlorophyll acts as a detergent in the body and is used as a body deodorant. 

  • A small amount of chlorophyll in the human diet may prevent tooth decay. 

  • Wheat grass juice held in the mouth for 5 minutes may eliminate toothaches. It pulls poisons from the gums. 

  • Gargle liquid chlorophyll for a sore throat. 

  • Chlorophyll is good for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. 

  • Chlorophyll helps to keep the hair from greying. 

  • Chlorophyll improves the digestion because it contains eight digestive enzymes. 

  • Chlorophyll used in an enema is great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal organs. After an enema, wait 20 minutes, then use 4 ounces of liquid chlorophyll in an enema and retain it for 20 minutes. 

  • Chlorophyll is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium. 
    Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He said, "chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs." 

  • According to Dr. Birscher, nature uses chlorophyll as a body cleanser, rebuilder, and neutralizer of toxins. 

  • Chlorophyll may dissolve scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases haemoglobin production. 

  • Chlorophyll is said to reduce high blood pressure and enhance the capillaries. 

  • Chlorophyll is said to remove heavy metals from the body. 

  • Chlorophyll is said to be great for blood disorders of all kinds.


About the Author...
Bee Wilder has a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a former sufferer of candida and convenor of the candida support group. Since the 1980s when Bee could eat only a few types of foods and was so sensitive to yeasts she had to administer herself an allergy shot every day, she has not only fully recovered but now is more robust than ever. Bee lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and continues to research natural health and nutrition. 

You can find more articles and support at her website: Healing Naturally by Bee

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