Chlorophylls are green pigments(photosynthetic pigments). These pigments are light sensitive pigments located in the thylakoid membrane of chloroplast.
They are of seven types: chlorophyll a, b, c, d, e, bacteriochlorophyll and bacterioviridin. Chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b are found in higher plants.
Chlorophyll consists of mainly two parts: a porphyrin head and phytol tail.
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Chlorophyll is the green coloured pigment present in the leaves of plants, which helps the plants to synthesise sunlight or sun's energy and perform photosynthesis, besides providing green colour to plants as well.
Chlorophyll is a chemoprotein commonly known for its contribution to the green pigmentation in plants, and is related to protoheme, the red pigment of blood. It can be obtained from green leafy vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach), algae (Chlorella and Spirulina), wheat grass, and numerous herbs (alfalfa, damiana, nettle, and parsley).
Chlorophyll has been used traditionally to improve bad breath and other forms of body odor including odors of the urine, feces, and infected wounds. More recently chlorophyll has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways. Supportive evidence suggests it may be used as an anti-inflammatory agent for conditions, such as pancreatitis as well as exhibiting potent antioxidant and chemoprotective activities. Scientific research has demonstrated it may be an effective therapeutic agent in the treatment of herpes simplex, benign breast disease, chemoprevention, tuberculosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are also being explored as areas where chlorophyll can also be used.
by pennyofheaven7 years ago
Why is the grass green?
by Rhys Baker6 years ago
Why aren't plants black, to maximise light energy absorbtion?
by ahmed.b5 years ago
Why some trees do not have green leaves?Or why much of trees have green leaves?
by Nithya Venkat3 years ago
What is the role of chlorophyll in plants?
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