Make sure you add a lot of green to your diet to stock up on some healthy chlorophyll.
Maca and Matcha step aside for this not so new comer to the superfood scene that is starting to gain stardom – chlorophyll.
Sheffield Beach nutritionist, Brigitte Lotriet believes chlorophyll is a potent antioxidant that binds to harmful procarcinogen chemicals or cancer-promoting carcinogens when it is metabolised and inhibits their absorption into the intestines.
“Known for its detoxifying ability to flush out heavy metals as well as help in treating colon cancer, chlorophyll is rapidly entering the health and wellness scene as the new favourite,” said Lotriet.
So what is chlorophyll and where do we get our hands on it?
“All green veggies contain it in varying amounts – generally the greener the more chlorophyll – but those boasting the highest values are spinach, kale, parsley, watercress and chlorella algae.
“The last item on this list is a staple in most of my recommendations to clients, especially when we are venturing into endocrine and hormonal resets or starting on a weight management protocol, as well as for my type two diabetic clients for sugar management.
“This is largely because chlorophyll has also been shown to help control cravings and hunger, body odor, protects your DNA against fried foods, is effective against Candida Albicans, can help relive systemic redness and swelling and helps to promote healthy iron levels.”
She said chlorella supplements in tablet form are locally available at health shops at reasonable prices.
The trend of adding the liquid form to drinks and water is yet to make it to SA, according to Lotriet.
“These companies are definitely onto something as most people cringe at adding green smoothies into their daily routines and roll their eyes when I mention eating more green veg as lightly steamed as possible. With claims that 100ml’s of liquid chlorophyll is the equivalent to of just over two shots of wheatgrass or four cups of spinach, many people would rather reach for a bottle of slightly flavoured water than swallow lots of raw greens it seems.
She said all in all, supplementation is not necessary if you are managing to get at least two to three cups of green leafy vegetables into your diet daily.
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