Chlorophyll’s molecular structure is similar to the hemoglobain of human blood and melanocytes. Hemoglobin is our body’s oxygen transporter. From a chemical standpoint, the components of chlorophyll are almost identical to those of hemoglobin.
A German chemist, Dr Richard Wilsstatter, determined in 1913 that the two molecules closely resemble on another. He found that hemoglobin is composed of four elements – carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen – organized around a single atom of iron. Hemoglobin’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. Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin, a dark pigment responsible for the coloration of hair and skin. In addition to being found in the skin, melanocytes are also present in the brain, inner ear, heart, and eye, among other locations in the body. They usually are buried below the surface. The cells produce melanin in response to environmental cues, including exposure to ultraviolet radiation and certain chemicals. The melanin travels out of the melanocytes and up to the surface of the tissue where the cells are found.
Melanin also plays some other roles in the body, including the brain, where it appears to be a source for the basic ingredients for some neurotransmitters in people with limited melanin production in the brain, reductions in some neurotransmitters have been observed. The brain synthesize chemicals to make up for its lack and chlorophyll is a strong source of nutrients needed to support healthy brain pineal regeneration.
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, increase oxygen utilization by the body. Chloropyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid.
Two of the best sourcces of chlorophyll are wheat grass and barley grass. Grass – this humble plant that we walk on, mow and usually take for granted is an amazing doorway to health.