Chlorophyll has been attributed with “healing properties” since around the 1930’s. To this day such claims continue to be made by scientific institutions such as the Pauling Institute which are untrue. While chlorophyll certainly plays an extremely important role as an enzyme for producing oxygen that we all breathe, that is as far as it goes.
Chlorlophyll does NOT transport oxygen in the bloodstream, nor does it have any healing properties. It can’t have, because it is contained inside chloroplasts located inside the plant leaf, and is the equivalent of mitochondria found in animal cells – where it helps generate energy for the plant to survive and grow.
From what I can glean from the literature about wheatgrass/chlorophyll trials and clinical reports, researchers have blindly followed the dictum of the original wheatgrass researchers, even to the present day. In other words, chlorophyll, being “similar to hemoglobin”, (which it is not) carries life-giving oxygen. In fact the chlorophyll molecule is not at all like hemoglobin except for a porphyrin ring at the centre. There are numerous other points of difference that refute this aged argument.
In fact, there are many other smaller biologically active molecules in wheatgrass and other cereals that in the 1930’s were not detectable by the technology of the time. After cellular assays in Melbourne, Australia, it is now known there is a molecule or group of molecules in wheatgrass that specifically induce the production of fetal hemoglobin.
We also know there is no chlorophyll present in the extract.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.