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Chlorophyll

Last updated: May 20, 2021

What Does Chlorophyll Mean?

Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, is an integral part of photosynthesis as it helps plants to absorb energy from sunlight. The word chlorophyll is a combination of the Greek words khlōros, "green" and phullon, "leaf".

Chlorophyll is a key part of the plant growth and survival process. There are two types of chlorophyll that exist in the photosystems of green plants: chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. Working in unison, chlorophyll A absorbs wavelengths that range from 430 to 662 nanometers on the lighting spectrum, and chlorophyll B absorbs wavelengths between 400 to 700 nanometers.

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Maximum Yield Explains Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in cyanobacteria and also in the chloroplasts of algae and plants. Their molecules are specifically arranged in and around photosystems that are embedded in the thylakoid membranes of chloroplasts.

The most significant purpose of chlorophyll is to aid photosynthesis. But, there are various additional benefits of chlorophyll.

Research has found that chlorophyll and liquid chlorophyllin can bind to potential carcinogens and interfere with the absorption within the human gastrointestinal track. This helps stop the carcinogens from being circulated throughout the body.

Some studies that involve animals show that chlorophyllin may also reduce the risk for aflatoxin induced liver damage or liver cancer by increasing the activity of the phase II enzymes and removing toxins from the body. Consequently, chlorophyll helps speed up wound healing by slowing the rate of harmful bacteria reproduction. Chlorophyll is also a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Another benefit of chlorophyll is that it helps improve liver detoxification by increasing phase 2 biotransformation enzymes which help promote the liver’s health. Thus, resulting in the body’s natural elimination of potentially harmful toxins.

In cannabis cultivation, chlorophyll gives buds a harsh taste and smell. After harvest, it is recommended to properly cure your cannabis flower. The chlorophyll, which will cause dried cannabis to smell like grass or hay, is consumed by bacteria during the curing process. The result is a more pleasant and desirable aroma and flavor.

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