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. But it is not true. 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 certainly does NOT transport oxygen in the bloodstream, nor does it have any healing properties.
It can’t, because it is contained inside chloroplasts located inside the plant leaf – the equivalent of mitochondria in animal cells – where it helps generate energy for the plant to survive and grow.
From what I can glean from a fairly large body of 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, because chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin, it 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 the old 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. Because of recent cellular assays done in Melbourne, Australia, we now know there is a molecule or group of molecules in wheatgrass that specifically induces the production of fetal hemoglobin.
We have a good idea what these molecules are, so we do know there is no chlorophyll in our extract.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.