Biophotons are low-level light waves emitted by the cells of all living things. Plant materials soak up and store photons radiated by the sun, transforming them into biophotons. Once dismissed as quackery, biontology is the study of light’s interaction with biological material.
It has gained broad acceptance in academic and scientific circles. Adherents to biophotonic nutritional theory believe that foods high in biophotons possess energizing and healing properties.
Discovery of Biophotons
Russian scientist Alexander Gurwitsch, in 1923 revealed his discovery that all living materials emit photons within the ultraviolet range of the spectrum. Gurwitsch called these faint emissions “mitogenetic rays,” according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of “Dark Deception.”
Gurwitsch’s findings set off a flurry of research by scientists around the globe, but the first real breakthrough didn’t come until the 1970s with the work of German scientist Fritz-Albert Popp. Dr. Popp concluded that DNA is a major source of these weak emissions, which he called biophotons. During the ‘70’s he developed a device that could measure these very low-level light waves.
Based on research with his “biophoton meter,” Popp found that the emissions from healthy people were significantly stronger than those from people who were ill. He also noted that other important sources of biophotons, in addition to DNA, are RNA and other forms of macromolecules.
These macromolecules including chlorophyll, enzymes and hemoglobin were explained by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, author of Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. In his biophoton evaluations of various foods, Popp found that organic foods growing in the wild emitted twice as many biophotons as cultivated organic crops, while the latter gave off five times as much biophotonic energy as commercially grown foods.
He also discovered that cooked or irradiated food emitted virtually no biophotons.
Wild Plant Foods
Just as Popp discovered, wild plant foods are the richest food source of biophotons. These are edible plants that have grown without any intervention from humans. In an article on the Integral Health Guide website, Tristan Anderson, a certified holistic health practitioner trained in nutrition, says wild dandelion greens, nettles, grasses, mushrooms, nuts and berries rank high on the list of such foods.
The key to maximizing the biophotonic value in wild plant foods, as well as other organically grown foods, is eating them raw, preferably within two or three hours after they’ve been picked. In Creating Peace by Being Peace, Cousens cites the biophoton readings of people on sharply varying diets. While a person eating a diet of junk food only had a reading of roughly 1,000 units of biophotonic radiation, the average reading from a person eating live, or raw wild, foods was about 83,000 units.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
After wild plants, the next best source of biophotons are freshly picked, organically grown fruits and vegetables, according to Heinz R. Gisel, author of In Foodture We Trust. He cites an experiment in which the biophotonic impulses from fresh fruits and vegetables were compared with that from a multivitamin that contained all of the vitamins in the daily recommended amounts.
While the radiation from the fresh foods was bright, that from the vitamins was virtually nonexistent. To get the highest level of biophotons, eat a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables that have been freshly picked from your own organic garden. Alternatively, if you’re an urban dweller with no garden of your own, or access to a family garden, head out to the countryside and visit a farm where you can pick your own organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plan on eating this produce as soon as possible after you get it.