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Facts of Chlorophyll for Health Benefits

Phytochemicals are compounds that are produced by plants, like fruits and vegetable.

Food chemists and natural product scientists have identified hundreds of phytochemicals that are being evaluated for the prevention of cancer.

These include the presence in plant foods of such potentially anticarcinogenic substances as Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, Flavonoids, Indoles, Isothiocyanates, Polyphenolic Compounds, Protease Inhibitors, Sulfides, and Terpenes.

This post will help to elucidate the current knowledge of Chlorophyll for health.

1. What is ? Chlorophyll is the ubiquitous pigment in green plants. 

2. Chlorophyllin, the food-grade derivative of chlorophyll, has been used historically in the treatment of several human conditions, with no evidence of human toxicity.

3. Chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have been shown to exert profound antimutagenic behavior against a wide range of potential

4. Chlorophyllin possesses free-radical scavenging properties 

5. Recent studies suggest that chlorophyllin effectively protects plasmid DNA against ionizing radiation independent of DNA repair or other cellular defense mechanisms

6. Chlorophyll-related compounds pheophytin a and b have been recently identified as antigenotoxic substances in the nonpolyphenolic fraction of green tea

7. Pheophytin a and b potent suppressive activities against tumor promotion, tested in mouse skin

8. Help protect against  the  hepatocarcinogenesis or production of cancer of the liver

9. Food source: 

- The concentration of chlorophyll in spinach isolates is in the range of 1500 to 600,000 ppm, depending on agronomic conditions

- Green Tea

- Collard greens

- Mustard greens

- Chlorella

- Spirulina

- Alfalfa

- Parsley

- Broccoli

- Green cabbage

- Asparagus

- Green beans and peas

Watch the video explain the Chlorophyll for Health Benefits :

References:

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2. Goodman, G. E., The clinical evaluation of cancer prevention agents, Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol. Med., 216, 253, 1977.