Chlorophyll and its therapeutic applications.

Being diagnosed as anaemic, or having low iron status is certainly not solely confined to people using a vegan diet/lifestyle. I have patients who are staunch meat-eaters with this problem! Interestingly, not all improve with conventional iron supplementation and even if they do, the situation recurs on abandoning the mineral.

One of the most important nutrient compounds contained in sprouts, chlorophyll, has been thoroughly researched for its nutritional and healing properties. By itself, chlorophyll, a protein compound found in green plants. Including sprouts with green leaves, such as alfalfa, cabbage, clover sunflower and radish, does not appear to be anything special. But there are two vital aspects of chlorophyll that should not be overlooked.

First is its creation in the plant as a result of its conversion of the sun's energy - which makes it a sort of living battery, and second is its remarkable similarity to a vital component of human blood - hemoglobin. Circulating in the bloodstream, hemoglobin molecules carry oxygen to the cells throughout the body.

Unlike humans and animals, who get their energy from food, plants get their energy directly from the sun. Plants create and store carbohydrate energy as a result of the sun's action upon their leaves, in the process known as photosynthesis. In fresh green sprouts, this energy is readily available to the human body for healing and regeneration of the cells.

Moreover the chemical elements contained in chlorophyll are effective in building up the red blood cell content of the bloodstream. Exactly how and why this can occur is still largely unknown, but many theories have been offered. The chlorophyll molecule is quite similar to hemoglobin. The main difference is that chlorophyll has a magnesium ion as a nucleus, whereas hemoglobin is structured around iron. It is conceivable that since chlorophyll in converted (absorbed) into blood inside us - once the chlorophyll molecule is absorbed - its magnesium ion is replaced with iron, making new hemoglobin.

Chlorophyll, obviously can be taken as a food supplement, when it is necessary to correct a deficit, but - on a daily basis - it can be consumed quite easily by sprouting just about any seed, which produces a vegetable, and consuming them on a 'cut-and-come-again' basis. This is very simple, and avoids transplanting! You can put a whole packet of most seeds into a conventional seed-tray and let them grow - cutting as required. Most are so powerful, they will re-grow their leaves. This is truly a 'living salad' - grow in organic soil, feeding with dried kelp on an occasional basis. I actually have celery which has been growing in the same tray for over six months! Its leaves are very pretty, the darker red leaves of beetroot, combined with baby spinach leaves and watercress - which will grow fine if the soil is never allowed to dry out, make an enticing base to add to more conventional foodstuffs. Virtually no time is expended - no digging - no losing your crop to the bugs and fresh green things on hand all the time! - great juiced also!

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