Submitted by Martha Libster, Ph.D., R.N.
Here is one of my favorite kitchen remedies thanks to food processing technology.
chlorophyll, actually extracted as chlorophyllin from green plants,
taken in water can be used for strengthening body, mind, and spirit.
One teaspoon can be stirred into water. It can be invigorating to the
body's energy field after a long day of work.
shows that chlorophyll liquid can help in anemia and in wound healing.
Chlorophyll is one remedy that has been used for decades in
de-odorizing wounds and managing odors associated with incontinence,
colostomies, or urostomies as well as everyday intestinal gas odor.
Liquid chlorophyll is cooling to the body and is also used externally
in bath products such as Olbas bath oil. The green color of liquid
chlorophyll is brilliant!
THE CHLOROPHYLL CONNECTION: (Excerpt from The Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses - by Martha Libster,)
humans may have disconnected from the plant world, at the biologic
level, the connection has not been severed. Biomedical science confirms
what traditional healers know instinctively, that plants and humans are
very similar and interdependent. The chlorophyll found in green plants
and the oxygen-carrying molecule, hemoglobin, found in human red blood
cells are nearly identical in atomic design (Figure 1-2). The most
striking difference between the two is that the porphyrin ring of heme
is built around iron (Fe), and the porphyrin ring of chlorophyll is
built around magnesium (Mg). Although science has found that heme and
chlorophyll are not interchangeable, their similarity in structure and
respective functions still captures scientific interest. Numerous
studies have been done on the health benefits of chlorophyll in
humans. Because many of these studies were performed before 1960 and
there has been little research since, the research presented here is
dated but relevant. It is not just a story that the cartoon character
Popeye's claim to strength was related to his love of the green leafy
vegetable, spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.). Research for more than 60
years, although still unclear, has provided some data for how
chlorophyll seems to help “build blood.” Scientists such as Dr. Arthur
Patek (1936) have found from studying patients with iron-deficiency
anemia that when patients received iron and chlorophyll treatment
together rather than separately, the number of red blood cells and
blood hemoglobin level increased more quickly than with iron or
chlorophyll alone. Some animal studies have led researchers to
hypothesize that chlorophyll's ability to “build blood” is related to
its tendency to stimulate bone marrow (Hughes and Latner, 1936). More
recently, scientists have found that some porphyrins, the ringlike
structures in heme and chlorophyll, stimulate the synthesis of the
protein portion of the hemoglobin molecule, enhancing the body's
ability to produce globin (Hammel-Dupont & Bessman, 1970).
The ability of chlorophyll to “build blood” been researched for years,
and health care practitioners, including nurses, have researched other
healing benefits of chlorophyll. Because chlorophyll is insoluble in
aqueous solutions, chlorophyllin, the copper-sodium salt, food-grade
derivative of chlorophyll, is often used in human trials. Some animal
studies with mice have shown that chlorophyll extracted directly from
Indian spinach leaves or in commercially purified form demonstrates a
strong chromosome-damaging activity (Sarkar, Sharma & Talukder,
1996). The chlorophyll products on the market often contain
chlorophyllin instead of chlorophyll.
Research has shown that
chlorophyll or its derivatives have been successful in significantly
decreasing symptoms of constipation and excessive flatus (Young &
Beregi, 1980), decreasing urine and fecal odors related to incontinence
(Dory, 1971; Young & Beregi, 1980), and decreasing the odors
related to colostomy, ileostomy, and chronically infected skin
ulcerations (Golden & Burke, 1956). It has a drying and
deodorizing effect on wounds that has been shown to be superior to
penicillin (Bowers, 1947). One chlorophyllin ointment, also containing
urea and papain, has been shown to increase enzymatic debridement and
decrease wound-healing time in patients with decubitus ulcers (Burke
& Golden, 1958). Some small human trials have shown that
chlorophyll can reduce symptoms of rhinitis, otitis externa, and otitis
media in humans (Bowers, 1947). Intravenous chlorophyll a has been
shown in human studies to rapidly reduce symptoms associated with
pancreatitis (Yoshida, Yokono, & Oda, 1980).
So what has
happened to the use of chlorophyll or chlorophyllin? Although these
studies seem to indicate that biomedical health practitioners no longer
suggest chlorophyll for their patients as they used to, complementary
therapy practitioners do. Chlorophyllin continues to be sold in health
food stores in liquid or capsule forms. People continue to attest to
the health benefits of eating a diet that includes green leafy
vegetables. Some practitioners recommend chlorophyll, often referred
to as “liquid sunlight,” in the form of wheat grass juice, blue-green
algae, barley green, and alfalfa supplements.