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Linda Meneses, Certified Health Educator, USA and Portugal

Posted: December 2007

Alchemy of Nutrition: Capturing LIGHT Energy

Pigments – the rainbow of nutrients in vegetables and fruits are a group of phyto-chemicals that are amongst the most beneficial elements found in living foods. Plant pigments are important cues to humans and other herbivorous animals in helping identify plants, find plant parts such as fruit, leaves, stems, roots, or tubers, and determine stages of plant development such as fruit ripeness or overall senescence. Major plant pigments include carotenoids, anthocyanins and other flavonoids, betalains, and chlorophylls.

Chlorophylls capture light energy and convert it into chemical energy. Carotenoids protect the chlorophylls from photo-oxidation and are accessory, light-harvesting pigments and photoreceptors. Flavonoids include red or blue anthocyanins and white or pale yellow compounds such as rutin, quercitin, and kaempferol.

Research into plant pigments and nutrition began in 1919 when symptoms of vitamin A deficiency were eliminated from rats which were fed corn, sweet potato and carrots. Since then, over 40 carotenoids have been found to be vitamin A precursors. These are enzymatically broken down to make retinol, vitamin A. Findings since the 1970s have indicated that plant pigments are believed to function as "chemopreventers" which protect plants in photosynthesis also protect humans from carcinogens and heart disease. The important characteristic common to all chemopreventers is their antioxidant capacity. These phytochemicals appear to maintain health by boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation and allergies, detoxifying contaminants and pollutants, and/or activating enzymes that block unbridled cell division.

Lutein - along with several other carotenes - gives summer squash, apricots, peaches, and oranges their yellow to light-orange color. But its richest sources are kale, spinach, and collard greens, in which the yellow pigment is masked by the more abundant green chlorophyll. Lycopene gives tomatoes their bright red color. High intakes may protect against prostate cancer. "Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables is an effective strategy for preventing diseases of aging," says Clevidence, a researcher.

As LIGHTarians, it makes perfect sense to be interested in capturing LIGHT energy and converting it to bio-available forms for nourishing, maintaining and regenerating the body, mind and spirit. Plant pigments as photo (LIGHT) –receptors and harvesters are a rainbow of life giving phyto-chemicals. Imagine the chakras and the frequencies of colored LIGHT energy from beetroot to blueberry and beyond. I have seen many methods for tuning up chakras, from tuning forks to hands on healing, yet conscious application of food colors to help is not widely practiced. The purest, most concentrated and bio-available way to get your colors is to juice it from organic vegetables and fruits. And remember sprouts are also incredible sources of LIGHT ENERGY.
Important Note: Please consult with your physician, naturopath or holistic doctor before making any substantial changes in your diet. We always recommend that you be prudent when shifting your diet.
2007 copyright Linda Meneses

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