Chlorophyll


The term chlorophyll derives from the Greek words “chloros” which means green and “fýlon” whose translation is leaf, which is why this term describes the greenish pigmentation that characterizes many species of plants and animals, which they are characterized by having plates in the cells that make them up. It can be described as a biomolecule of great importance in several processes, but especially in photosynthesis, a process in which both water and land plants absorb light energy and transform it into chemical energy.

This compound was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century thanks to the research carried out by the scientists Caventou and Pelletier, the latter managed to isolate different substances from some plants, among which caffeine, colchicine and of course chlorophyll stand out, this through the use of methods that included very weak solvents.

Chlorophyll has great properties as a food supplement, but in addition to that it has great deodorizing characteristics, which is why it is used in the manufacture of different products, such as substances that help eradicate bad breath caused by the intake of tobacco or alcohol. , as well as a component of some foods, as well as included in different creams as it helps combat the odor caused by perspiration.

Other uses that chlorophyll has are to help strengthen the intestinal system as well as the circulatory system, it helps lower high cholesterol levels, in addition to serum triglycerides, it also has anti-mutagenic capabilities, which makes it really useful if you want to act against the action of some toxic substances and can also mitigate a little the effects that some medications produce. When there is pain when urinating or defecating, it can also be of great help since it can contribute to the elimination of constipation as well as the eradication of calcium oxalate rocks.

Chlorophyll can have several types, the best known being type A, which can be found in most plants and has the ability to absorb sunlight in the process of photosynthesis. On the other hand, type B chlorophyll is located in the chloroplasts of terrestrial plants and algae, its absorption of light is from another length to be transmitted to type A chlorophyll. For its part, type C is located in the chloroplasts of certain algae, while D is only found in red algae and acaryochloris marina.