Chlorophyll is a green pigment natural in algae and plants. More and more research has started pointing to the astounding benefits of eating chlorophyll-rich foods.
It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so it neutralizes free radical damage to the body’s cells which may help in growth and repair of tissues. Chlorophyll is an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, and K, beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and fatty acids.
There are so many great benefits to eating chlorophyll-rich foods, so adding more greens to your diet is a no-brainer.
Here are 9 chlorophyll-rich foods you need in your diet!
Turns out Popeye had it right. Spinach is among the top vegetables with the highest concentration of chlorophyll—with 23.7 milligrams per cup.
Spinach is an incredibly potent superfood with tons of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and more than enough of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K in one cup.
To get more spinach in your diet, simply add it to a salad, a smoothie, an omelet, or even chop it up into burgers or patties!
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2. Garden Cress
Garden cress, or cress, is a highly nutritious green herb with plenty of chlorophyll to offer—15.6 milligrams in one cup.
Garden cress offers anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and digestive health benefits due its varied nutritious profile.
Its unique peppery and tangy aroma and flavor are used for special culinary purposes—it’s even used as an aphrodisiac!
One cup of this green stuff provides 339% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K. It also contains plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and many other nutrients.
You can eat Garden cress raw in salads or sandwiches. The seeds can also be eaten roasted or cooked, although they contain a slightly different nutritious profile.
Parsley is another nutritious green herb with plenty of chlorophyll—just half a cup of this herb contains 19 milligrams of the nutritious green pigment.
As one of the most commonly used fresh herbs in the United States Parsley is easy to get your hands on, and you’ll find many recipes that include it. Don’t like parsley? Sneak it into your smoothie to trick yourself into eating this powerfully nutritious leafy green.
This green is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, and folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Parsley can be added to soups, salads, burgers, patties, and so many other dishes. The more you sneak this stuff in to every-day meals, the more you and your family will become accustomed to the taste. Don’t skimp out on your greens!
These little green trees pack a powerful nutritional punch—and therefore many health benefits. This cruciferous vegetable contains not only chlorophyll, but plenty of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and selenium.
Research shows that broccoli has anti-cancer, anti-aging, liver detox, immune system-boosting, eye-protecting, bone-strengthening, blood pressure-reducing, and cognitive health benefits. It is also low in calories
To get the most nutrients out of your broccoli, buy fresh and eat raw or lightly steamed.
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This funny green vegetable starts out the diameter of pencil lead in its first year of harvest, and takes three years to grow. And yes, eating asparagus will really make your pee smell weird.
Don’t let that turn you off from this nutritious green, though! Asparagus can be prepared in many ways—but you should lightly steam them to retain all those valuable nutrients.
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, riboflavin, and folate, as well as many essential minerals. And of course, that important green plant pigment, chlorophyll.
There are many benefits to eating asparagus, but one unique benefit includes hormone regulation. Eating asparagus may increase fertility and relieve pre-menstrual syndrome.
6. Brussels Sprouts
Another healthy cruciferous green vegetable, Brussels sprouts are a great source of chlorophyll, and they have been proven to reduce inflammation and free radical damage to the body’s cells.
Brussels sprouts contain antioxidants phytonutrients including many flavonoids. They protect cardiovascular health, preventing heart attack, ischemic heart disease, and arteriosclerosis. Like a lot of other nutritious green vegetables, they are also a great source of vitamin K, which is vital to blood and bone health.
7. Green Beans
The green bean, or string bean, is an incredibly popular vegetable that is often steamed, sautéed, or stir-fried. Unlike asparagus, green beans grow very quickly—the time from planting to harvesting is only 45-60 days.
A one-cup serving of green beans contains 8 milligrams of chlorophyll. It also contains vitamins A, C, and K, riboflavin, folate, and essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.
Fun fact: green beans eaten raw are slightly toxic. So, if you’re planning on eating a large amount, cook them. It shouldn’t be a problem, though, if you’re just tossing them raw into a big salad.
Arugula goes by many names. You might know this leafy green as salad rocket, garden rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, or colewort. Whatever you choose to call it, the nutritional benefits remain the same—this is a highly nutritious vegetable with a wide range of potential health benefits.
This dark leafy green provides 8 milligrams of chlorophyll per one-cup serving. It contains high levels of folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A—all important antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.
Add arugula to your salad or pack it in a sandwich. Better yet, make arugula pesto and serve it with pasta!
We saved the most nutritious for last—and that’s the green-blue algae currently making waves in the health-food world—spirulina.
Spirulina is up to 70% vegetable protein, and it boasts over 65 vitamins, minerals, and enzymes—including 18 amino acids.
The extremely pigmented blue-green algae should tip you off to its high concentration of chlorophyll. Spirulina and another blue-green algae, chlorella, are in fact some of the world’s most chlorophyll-rich foods. In 100g of spirulina, you get 1000 milligrams of chlorophyll.
If you include a spirulina supplement to your daily diet, you may benefit from:
- Liver detox
- Lower blood sugar
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Immune system boost
- Less pain and inflammation
- Weight loss
- Improved brain function
- Increased strength and endurance
The bright green supplement comes in tablet or powder form, so you can add it to your smoothies or other recipes, or you can pop it once daily for a no-fuss option.
A Final Word From Energetic Lifestyle
When eating healthy is this easy, there are really no excuses. So be good, eat your greens, and get your daily chlorophyll for improved health all around!
What are some of your favorite chlorophyll-rich food? Let us know in the comments below!