Most plant pigments comprise only a small percentage of common foods; thus it may require ingestion of concentrated supplements to achieve biologically active levels for some health therapies (Mary Ann lila 2004).
We have seen a great promotion to increase the consumption of the diversity of colorful plants and vegetables in our diet by the USDA, the CDC, the WHO (World Health Organization), just to name a few. Yet 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is difficult to consume.
The foundation of our Therapeutic Foods supplement line takes this into consideration, and that is why we frequently reference the high actives in the fruits and vegetables selected for our products. Our sourcing in key to our powerful products and the reason for their ability to truly support ones health. They are the base note of good nutrition, the foundation of any therapeutic modality, and can be taken for a whole life time.
Let’s look at the pigment chlorophyll as an example of how we achieve a supportive therapeutic food dose.
Chlorophylls in green foods are credited with numerous interventions in human health maintenance including reduction of blood pressure, blood sugar control, brain activation, antimutagenic and anticlastogenic effects and more (Bailey, 2003).
However, in order for one to get a therapeutic amount of chlorophyll in their diet one needs to consume multiple servings of green and leafy vegetables (Delgado-Vargo 2003). We encourage eating a diverse diet. Additionally, our Organic Chlorella tableted supplement (a microscopic green algae) provides the richest source of chlorophyll in the plant kingdom. Chlorella contains ten times the amount of chlorophyll than is found in alfalfa.
In Asian countries, the dietary sources for chlorophyll-rich foods are far more extensive than in Western diets, as an abundance of sea vegetables are commonly eaten. One of the most treasured food supplements regularly consume by Japanese and Chinese cultures is chlorella powder and tablets.
Read more about the Organic Chlorella in Clinical Notes.
Mary Ann Lila (2004) Plant Pigments and their Manipulation: Annual Plant Reviews. Vol. 14. Chapter 8 pp. 263-266
Bailey et al. (2003) Green Foods in Japan, Nutraceuticals World, 6, 22-24.
Delgado-Vargas et al. (2003) Natural Colorants for Food and Nutraceutical Uses. CRC Press Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Clearly Chlorella has potential with its high levels of chlorophyll to act as a chemopreventive compound in humans. For example, research has shown that chlorophyll is capable of deactivating potential carcinogens in the digestive tract where heterocyclic amines which provoke coloractal cancer are nutralized by chlorophyll thereby preventing their absorption (Lila, 2009).
But also, and this is the benefits of consuming whole concentrated food sources as medicine. The chlorophyll in Chlorella is accompanied by carotenoids for which Chlorella is a rich source. Carotenoids are best recognized for their antioxidant capacity, especially in the membranes, since they are pigments located within membranes. Carotenoids are considered the most potent of biological quenchers of singlet oxygen (Lila, 2009; Boileau et al., 1999) and can react with virtually any radical species likely to be encoutered in a biological system.
Each bottle of Organic Chlorella contains 120 tablets of broken cell C. vulgaris and C. regularis. Each tablets contains 500mg of pressed dried chlorella. There are no excipients of any kind in this product. We believe in pure product. Take 4 tabs daily.
Lila, M. A. (2009). 8 Plant pigments and human health. Plant pigments and their manipulation, 248. Chicago
Boileau, A. C., Merchen, N. R., Wasson, K., Atkinson, C. A., & Erdman, J. W. (1999). Cis-lycopene is more bioavailable than trans-lycopene in vitro and in vivo in lymph-cannulated ferrets. The Journal of nutrition, 129(6), 1176-1181. Chicago
The Last Quiz Answer:
The red wolf of Ethiopia is the only species of wolf found in Africa. The largest concentration —about 350 animals—lives in Bale Mountains National Park. Their minuscule population give them the distinction of being one of the world’s most endangered canids, and they are on the endangered list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
Our weather patterns are directly related to the health of our relationship with the natural world around us (aka Mother Nature). We abuse her, and we abuse ourselves.
I’ll give you two examples: (1) Our disregard for our excess green house gas emissions into the atmosphere is the driving force behind our extremes in weather today—heavy rains, droughts, hurricanes and tornadoes; and (2) Our systematic distruction of wetlands, natures way of absorbing excess water, has caused the flooding of our cities and communities.
I love the David Suzuki Foundation. In their July 4th, 2014 article, Working with nature can protect us from floods, they speak to this point as they lament Alberta’s flooding.
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