What is chlorophyll? a pigment, photosynthesis enabler for cellular respiration, anti-oxidant?
plants use it in the process of living, it converts things for them
different types of chlorophyll – why?
why is it good for us?
what does it do to our body?
can we get too much?
what if we don’t get enough?
all seaweeds contain chlorophyll
It is obvious in green seaweeds
they are the closest to land plants
their habitat is close to the shore
Red seaweeds also have chlorophyll too
only it is ‘hidden’ behind other pigments that allow photosynthesis deep in the ocean
The red colour of these algae results from the pigments phycoerythrin and phycocyanin; this masks the other pigments, Chlorophyll a (no Chlorophyll b), beta-carotene and a number of unique xanthophylls.
Brown seaweeds also have chlorophyll
The brown colour of these algae results from the dominance of the xanthophyll pigment fucoxanthin, which masks the other pigments, Chlorophyll a and c (there is no Chlorophyll b), beta-carotene and other xanthophylls.
Why should we care?
chlorophyll is know to purify the blood – what else does it do for our health?