How do you feel when you first step outside on a beautiful, sunny day? You feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Everything is brilliantly lit up and sparkling in the golden light. You feel relaxed and energized all at the same time. Look at your plants, particularly those in pots in your house and notice how they lean toward the sun.
A new study found that animal life is capable of borrowing the light-harvesting capabilities of ‘plant blood’ (chlorophyll), and utilize it to photo-energize mitochondrial ATP production. This not only helps to improve energy but also helps mitochondria function in a healthier way by decreasing Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and increasing cell longevity.
In case you don’t know what mitochondrial ATP is – very simply mitochondria are the energy factories of our cells and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy-rich molecule produced in the mitochondria using the energy stored in food. This is exciting because it is saying that like plants do, we humans can use the energy from the sun directly!
The chlorophyll is what makes green plants green. It is referred to as “plant blood” because it is the equivalent in plants of our blood. The major difference between our blood and chlorophyll is that chlorophyll has a magnesium atom at its core and our hemoglobin has iron at its core.
The new studies show that eating chlorophyll-rich foods and increasing sun exposure result in better overall health outcomes in a variety of diseases of aging. They are revealing that these benefits are not simply from vitamin D from the sun or the antioxidants in green foods alone. Sunlight is the most abundant energy source on this planet. So what does this mean for improving our health? Green veggies should not only be considered nutritional powerhouses because of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain, but also as delicious carriers of essential energy cofactors without which our body cannot efficiently produce ATP or realize its full potential for maximum longevity.
And that’s not all! Research shows another amazing benefit of eating chlorophyll rich foods and getting sensible sun exposure is that it naturally regenerates CoEnzyme Q 10 in our bodies! This is important because CoQ10 is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and provides energy in the heart muscle (statins deplete this important substance) and also helps prevent diseases like diabetes.
Now researchers are asking: what if sunlight is toxic (as in skin cancer) when no chlorophyll is present in our diet and tissues, but promotes both increased ATP production, regeneration of CoQ10 and longevity when found there in optimal doses? Chlorophyll just may be nature’s most effective internal sunscreen and energy booster – without any negative chemical side effects!
What do you think about these newly discovered reasons to eat more greens?
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