- The Benefits of Chlorophyll
- 7 Reasons Why You Should Start Taking Chlorophyll Daily
- What are the benefits of chlorophyll?
- What in the World Am I Talking About?
- Drinking Liquid Chlorophyll IRL
- What’s Next?
- I Drank Liquid Chlorophyll for Two Weeks—Here’s What Happened
- What are the risks?
- 10 Proven Benefits of Chlorophyll
The Benefits of Chlorophyll
1. Skin healing
Chlorophyllin has been shown to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth in skin wounds.
A 2008 review of wound care studies found that commercial ointments with papain-urea-chlorophyllin are more effective than other treatments. The ointment also reduced pain and healing time by half. Your doctor can prescribe this ointment.
Chlorophyllin may also be effective for mild to moderate acne. In a 2015 study, people with acne and large pores saw skin improvement when they used topical chlorophyllin gel for 3 weeks.
2. Blood builder
Some people suggest that liquid chlorophyll can build your blood by improving the quality of red blood cells.
A 2005 pilot study found that wheatgrass, which contains about 70 percent chlorophyll, reduced the number of blood transfusions needed in people with thalassemia, a blood disorder.
But the study authors didn’t conclude that chlorophyll was the reason for the decreased need for transfusions.
Dr. Chris Reynolds, a clinical expert in wheatgrass, believes that the benefits come from wheatgrass itself rather than from the chlorophyll.
It’s unclear how wheatgrass affects red blood cells. But it’s believed that chlorophyll is destroyed during the production of wheatgrass extract.
3. Detoxification and cancer
Researchers have looked into the effect of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin on cancer. One animal study found that chlorophyll reduced the incidence of liver tumors by 29 to 63 percent and stomach tumors by 24 to 45 percent.
There have only recently been human trials. A small study of four volunteers found that chlorophyll may limit ingested aflatoxin, a compound known to cause cancer.
According to International Business Times, there’s a clinical trial in China on the effects of chlorophyllin on liver cancer. This trial is based on the findings from an old study where chlorophyllin consumption led to a 55 percent decrease in aflatoxin biomarkers.
4. Weight loss
One of the most popular claims associated with liquid chlorophyll is weight loss support.
A study found that people who took a green plant membrane supplement including chlorophyll on a daily basis had greater weight loss than a group that didn’t take the supplement.
The researchers also found that the supplement reduced harmful cholesterol levels.
5. A natural deodorant
While chlorophyllin has been used since the 1940s to neutralize certain odors, studies are outdated and show mixed results
The most recent study of people with trimethylaminuria, a condition that causes fishy odors, found that chlorophyllin significantly decreased the amount of trimethylamines.
As for claims about chlorophyllin reducing bad breath, there’s little evidence to support it.
7 Reasons Why You Should Start Taking Chlorophyll Daily
1. IT’S ALKALIZING; MEANING CANCER DOESN’T LIKE IT
Cancer cells can’t survive in an alkaline environment! Chlorophyll helps the body remove toxins from the body, prevents excess acid and of course produces that lovely alkaline pH that we should all want.
2. WEIGHT LOSS
Chlorophyll helps prevent your blood sugar from dropping which usually makes us feel sleepy and assume that we are hungry. So it works with the hunger hormones which influences our appetite and helps us regulate our food intake.
3. BOOSTS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ELIMINATES ODOURS.
Chlorophyll is actually known very well for this which I was kind of surprised by haha. BUT apparently, it helps eliminate bad breath, gas and other bodily odours…
4. TREATS INFLAMMATION
With its high antioxidant properties, it is able to attack free radicals including a specific type of toxin known as AFLATOXIN B1 which are poisonous and known to cause cancer.
5. KILLS BACTERIA
Which helps with things like bad breath like we discussed earlier but it also helps prevent other bacteria build-ups such as yeast infections and it speeds up the process of wounds healing.
6. PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS
It helps with everything from blood clotting to healthy skin and vision. It is also packed with tons of important minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.
I purchased RAW, cold pressed chlorophyll tablets without any additives off of amazon but if you want to get a liquid chlorophyll that you can add to your water, just make sure that there are no more than 3 ingredients and definitely make sure nothing like corn, dairy, gluten or wheat is listed.
Let me know if you have a product you’re already using that you love! XO
If you haven’t been living under a mossy green wellness rock, you know that chlorophyll is the jade-toned pigment found in fruits, veggies, and other plants. The verdant hue adds more than just brightness to your salads—a source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, chlorophyll is best known for its detoxifying properties. (It’s believed to help flush heavy metals and potentially cancer-causing chemicals from the body.) But what many people don’t know is that it may also be seriously supportive for digestion.
Like other gut-health superstars, such as probiotics and black tea, chlorophyll’s purported benefits have to do with the microbiome. “Chlorophyll helps with digestion by increasing the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. It’s also antimicrobial, so it gets rid of harmful bacteria while maintaining healthy ones,” says Lisa Samuels, RD, founder of The Happie House. (Animal studies seem to back this hypothesis up.)
She goes on to say that a strong microbiome promotes the absorption of important nutrients—meaning that you might be better able to reap the full rewards of all the vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds in your healthy diet.
And because chlorophyll is said to be detoxifying, it naturally aids important organs in the digestive process—the liver, in particular. “Chlorophyll works to detoxify the liver, which helps digest fats,” Samuels explains. (Good news for keto diet devotees.)
“Chlorophyll helps with digestion by increasing the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.”—Lisa Samuels, RD
Some of the best whole-food sources of chlorophyll are spinach, parsley, green beans, and arugula. But today, you’ll find chlorophyll in everything from waters to tonics to superfood cocktails. So do they provide the same benefits?
Not exactly. “It’s great to get chlorophyll from whole foods, but when we cook vegetables, they lose some of their chlorophyll levels, and that’s where supplements can help,” Samuels says. She recommends gel-cap supplements because they can contain the natural form of chlorophyll found in vegetables. Liquid chlorophyll is usually made from a synthetic derivative called chlorophyllin, and though she says it offers the same detoxification benefits, it may not be as helpful for the microbiome. “The gel caps are especially rich in magnesium,” she says. “Just make sure the first ingredients are chlorophyll A and B and magnesium.”
You should also be sure to take your non-liquid chlorophyll supplement with a meal, as this form of the nutrient is best absorbed in the presence of fat. “The best way to take it is with a healthy fat, like avocado, olive oil, or nuts,” Samuels says.
The dietitian recommends taking chlorophyll if you haven’t been eating well, are recovering from getting sick, or need to detox after a vacation. So basically, all 99 days of summer.
Two other ways to keep your microbiome on point: Eat plenty of fiber and avoid this common ingredient in your toothpaste.
What are the benefits of chlorophyll?
People have used chlorophyll as a health supplement for many years. A variety of medical studies have suggested that it may be helpful for skin conditions, body odors, and fighting certain kinds of cancer.
Chlorophyll is generally safe for people to try if they are interested in its possible benefits. However, anyone who has a health condition or takes any medications should speak to their doctor first.
Some of the potential benefits of chlorophyll include:
Topical chlorophyll may work as an anti-aging remedy. A study found that applying a gel containing chlorophyllin to the skin reduced signs of photoaging, which is aging that results from sun exposure. The study used skin samples from four healthy women and lasted for 12 days.
The results of the study showed that skin treated with chlorophyllin improved in a similar way to skin treated with tretinoin, which is a prescription skin cream that has been proven to help with skin aging. The authors suggest that using a combination of chlorophyllin and tretinoin could be an effective treatment for reversing the signs of photoaged skin.
Topical chlorophyll may also have potential as an acne treatment.
One study found that a gel containing chlorophyllin helped reduce facial acne and large, visible pores. The 10 people who completed the study had mild to moderate acne and used the chlorophyllin gel for 3 weeks.
In another study, researchers compared using a combination of topical chlorophyll and phototherapy with phototherapy alone for the treatment of acne. The people who received the combination had fewer acne lesions, less severe acne, and less oily skin than those who did not. However, the 24 participants were all of Asian descent and had darker skin types, so the results may not be relevant for everybody.
Chlorophyll is chemically similar to hemoglobin, a protein that is essential in red blood cells as it carries oxygen around a person’s body.
Researchers have suggested that wheatgrass juice, which is rich in chlorophyll, may be helpful in treating hemoglobin deficiency disorders, such as anemia and thalassemia.
Share on PinterestChlorophyll may have odor-reducing properties.
Researchers have studied chlorophyll for its potential as a deodorant for many years.
A study published in 1960 suggested that chlorophyll may reduce odors for people who have had a colostomy. Later, a study from 1989 found that chlorophyll was not effective in controlling odors in people who have had a colostomy. However, a 1980 study noted that chlorophyll improved lower body odor in older adults living in nursing homes.
Today, some deodorants and mouthwashes contain chlorophyll. Some people also take chlorophyll pills to help reduce body odors.
Researchers studied chlorophyll as an aid for wound healing in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of these studies suggested that chlorophyll may help heal surgical wounds and prevent infections.
More recently, a 2008 review suggested that a medication containing chlorophyllin promotes wound-healing and reduces odors. Some doctors prescribe this medication today.
Chlorophyll has shown potential as a cancer treatment in some tests conducted on animals:
- A 2015 review concluded that chlorophyllin might help prevent and slow cancer growth.
- A study from 2005 found that natural chlorophyll reduced the risk of colon cancer in rats. The rats ate a diet high in red meat and low in green vegetables, which has associations with an increased risk of colon cancer. However, the authors did not see the same results for chlorophyllin.
- A 2016 study found that chlorophyllin helped slow the progression of lung cancer in mice. The researchers administered the chlorophyllin to the mice in microscopic capsules known as nanocapsules.
Benefits that need more research
Although chlorophyll has a variety of potential health benefits, there are few adequate scientific studies to back them up, and all of them require further investigation. So far, most studies have been small and limited, and many of the potential health benefits have not been shown to work in humans.
Other possible health benefits that require more research include chlorophyll’s effect on:
- increased energy
- hormonal balance
- arthritis and fibromyalgia relief
- weight loss
Several weeks ago, my face decided to stage a little rebellion. I’ve had acne-prone skin since my teens, but I have managed to keep a pretty clear complexion for the past few years thanks to regular dermatology visits. When suddenly I was invaded by a small army of pimples accompanied by a couple painful nodules, I freaked.
I remembered what esthetician Lindsey Blondin recently shared with Verily. She said, “Fifty percent of what is happening to your skin is genetics, 25 percent is what you’re ingesting, 15 percent is environmental (sun, pollution, dirt, air, stress, hormones), and 10 percent is your regimen.”
I decided the quickest fix might be option two: what I was ingesting. So I did what anyone would do; I Googled it. “What to eat for clear skin” was my search. Suddenly I was inundated by articles touting the complexion-saving benefits of drinking liquid chlorophyll.
Sounds like a science experiment, not a skin care routine, right? Here’s what this new craze is all about.
What in the World Am I Talking About?
Flashback to grade school science class, and you’ll remember a little thing called photosynthesis—that is, when plants use chlorophyll to process sunlight into energy. So, yes, if you decide to give it a try, that very same chlorophyll, or a synthetic version of it, is what you’ll be gulping down.
Wendy Rowe, makeup and skin expert and author of a new book, Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out, told me she drinks chlorophyll as part of her regular routine. “Chlorophyll works to purify the blood; when the blood is cleaner, it is better equipped to protect the body and it also helps to carry oxygen around the body more efficiently, which has the external effect of fresher, healthier looking skin.” You already get some of the good green stuff from leafy vegetables like spinach or kale. It’s chock full of vitamins and antioxidants, hence why it makes plants happy and also your skin.
Studies have proven that chlorophyll, in its various forms, has been proven to fight carcinogens in the body and reduce cancer risk. It also helps detoxify the liver and can expedite the healing of wounds. On top of all that, some have attributed improved digestion and weight management to a chlorophyll routine. Are you intrigued yet?
Drinking Liquid Chlorophyll IRL
This is where things get interesting. Trendy juice shops sell chlorophyll water pre-bottled for upward of $9 a pop, but I went in search of liquid chlorophyll at Whole Foods in order to make my own at home. The store stocked a few options, so I opted for the cheapest—a 16-ounce bottle from a brand called Nature’s Way for about $12. I had read about how chlorophyll had this delightfully minty flavor, so I chose to embrace that and buy the mint-flavored variety as opposed to the original. That was a mistake, but more on that later.
The bottle recommended taking 2 tablespoons once or twice a day. I poured a tall glass of water and added 1 tablespoon because I wanted to start slow. The water turned a deep shade of swampy green. I liken the experience of drinking this water to eating purple ketchup back in the day when that was a thing. It’s mind-bending but ultimately harmless. The first time I drank the water, I sort of enjoyed it. It definitely tasted very synthetically minty—like I had put a little squirt of Crest in my drink. (This, friends, is why I recommend you not get the mint flavor.) But it was bearable, and I wanted those zits gone!
The next day, the flavor seemed immensely more repulsive. I ended up gulping down the glass as fast as possible and chasing it with juice. Many bloggers will tell you they mix their chlorophyll with orange juice, but when I mixed mine with pomegranate juice, I didn’t think it masked the taste very well. (Also, I recommend using a straw as it can stain your lips and teeth green.)
On day three, I added it to my hot tea. I figured this was a normal way to enjoy a mint flavor, so I might like it—and I was right. This quickly became my preferred method of consumption, although I have yet to be able to determine whether heat alters the properties of the chlorophyll. I also tried adding it to smoothies, hoping for a camouflage effect. The smoothies were better than the water but worse than the tea.
(Update: Since this article was published, the folks over at Verday sent me some of their chlorophyll water to try. To my surprise and delight, it’s very drinkable. It’s pre-bottled and comes in several flavors. I suggest watermelon.)
I continued to consume chlorophyll once per day for two weeks, and I definitely noticed some of the effects. Chlorophyll reportedly offers a little energy boost, which I felt. Things seemed to be operating very well in my intestinal department, which I also felt chlorophyll played a role in. And as for my skin, well, on day three someone complimented my complexion. I laughed, but I thought, maybe, just maybe, it was working after all. By week two, my breakout had subsided and nothing new had emerged. Some of that is just the natural course of things, but I felt like the chlorophyll gave my skin a little nudge in the right direction.
My journey with chlorophyll has been tenuous. At times I’ve wanted to gag; at others I’ve wanted to jump for joy. I think I felt (and saw) enough to stick with it. I’m eager to finish this mint-flavored bottle so I can try the “original” variety instead. I’m hoping it will be subtle enough to enjoy with just water, as that’s the easiest way for my lifestyle. I definitely think that what’s happening inside our bodies is equally, if not more, important than what we do on the surface, as Blondin suggested, so I’m not going to go back to relying solely on topical treatments for my skin just yet.
Wendy, like many skin experts, says one of the best things a person can do for his or her skin is to eat more probiotics and drink water. “A great habit to get into in the mornings is drinking a glass of hot water with lemon, or take apple cider vinegar; they both work to neutralize the body’s pH and reduce acid levels naturally,” she says. Countless chlorophyll converts have said one of the reasons they love it is simply that it encourages them to drink more water. Whether it’s drinking warm lemon water or green chlorophyll water, if it’ll make my skin clearer and more hydrated, I’m on board.
Photo Credit: Satu Knape
I Drank Liquid Chlorophyll for Two Weeks—Here’s What Happened
If you’ve been in a juice bar, health foods store, or yoga studio in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed chlorophyll water on the shelves or menu. It’s also become the healthy drink of choice for celebs like Jennifer Lawrence and Nicole Richie, who reportedly swig the stuff on the reg. But what is it, and why is everyone suddenly swearing by it? (Another hyped-up hydrator: alkaline water.)
Science time: Chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants and algae their green pigment and traps sunlight for photosynthesis. You can eat it via lots of leafy green veggies, take it as a supplement in pill form, or add it to water or juice via chlorophyll drops. And you might want to do at least one of those things, because chlorophyll boasts a ton of supposed benefits.
“In addition to being nutritionally fabulous for you, chlorophyll is a detoxifier that promotes energy and weight loss,” says Los Angeles-based holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman “Chlorophyll binds with environmental pollutants including toxic metals, pollution, and certain carcinogens, and promotes cleansing, which in turn gives us more energy, mental clarity, and the potential for weight loss.”
A study published in the journal Appetite in 2013 found that adding chlorophyll-containing compounds to high-fat meals suppressed food intake and weight gain on moderately overweight women. A more recent study, also published in Appetite, found that the using green-plant membranes as a dietary supplement induced weight loss, improved obesity-related risk factors, and reduced the urge for palatable food.
And that’s not all. According to research out of Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, chlorophyllin (which is derived from chlorophyll) has been used orally as a natural, internal deodorant (i.e. it treats bad breath and bad gas) and topically in the treatment of wounds for more than 50 years-without any serious side effects. Other research shows that chlorophyll is effective against candida albicans (which can lead to fatigue, depression, and digestive problems) and is potentially beneficial in cancer therapy. “Adding chlorophyll drops to your water promotes an alkaline environment for your body,” adds Goodman, “which can reduce inflammation. Decreased inflammation, in turn, means a reduced risk for cancer.” (Find out more about The Benefits of Plant Waters.)
That’s a lot of hydration hype to live up to. So to see if chlorophyll actually earns its status as a superfood, I decided to drink it every day for two weeks-an arbitrary timeline based on how long I realistically thought I could do something every single day, especially while living my normal life (which would include a wedding and a weekend with my extended family). So, bottoms up!
Although Goodmen often recommends chlorophyll to her clients for “its ability to provide extra energy, improve overall well-being, and for its powerful antioxidant benefits,” she says she’s really picky when it comes to supplements. She swears by The World Organic’s 100mg Mega Chlorophyll in capsule or liquid form. If taking the capsules, Goodman recommends taking up to 300mg a day; if you’re trying the liquid chlorophyll, just add a few drops (a teaspoon at most) to a glass of water twice a day and sip at regular intervals. (She’s also a fan of Organic Burst’s Chlorella Supplements in tablet or powder form.)
I went the liquid supplement route, because I felt like I would get more bang for my buck (and sometimes taking pills upsets my stomach), and bought Vitamin Shoppe’s Liquid Chlorophyll drops.
On the first day of my experiment, I meant to drink my glass of liquid chlorophyll first thing in the morning to get it out of the way, but I woke up late and had to race to work (Mondays, amirite?). I wish I had, though, in the event that it really does suppress your appetite-a coworker brought donuts to our morning meeting and I polished off two.
Instead, I waited until after work and poured eight ounces of into a glass and added the recommended 30 drops. The first drop turned the water really green. Like really, really green. I knew that it would be green (thank you, biology class). But if that’s what one drop looked like, what would 30 drops look like? And more importantly, what would it taste like? Swamp? It looked like swamp. By the last drop, my glass of water was Wizard of Oz, Emerald City green. I grabbed a straw-mostly because I was still wearing the white blouse I wore to work and because all of a sudden I was terrified it wouldn’t only stain my shirt, but also my teeth.
I took my first sip. Not bad! It was almost good! It tasted like mint, kind of like peppermint ice cream, mixed with chlorine and something else…cucumbers? It was weirdly refreshing.
It was difficult to drink quickly because I was still trying to figure out the flavor, and the color of the water was more than a little off-putting. But I managed to finish, checked my teeth (no stains!) and shirt (no stains!), and went off to dinner with friends.
I felt a little burst of energy for the next hour. But that could have been just because I was excited about the promises of this magic elixir and I was trying to hurry and get back home before The Voice started.
Goodman says some people feel a difference the day they start taking chlorophyll, while others might take up to five days to notice any changes.
I was feeling dehydrated and thirstier than I usually do. I’m not really good at hydrating-I only usually have two glasses of water a day, and it’s always a New Year’s resolution of mine to drink more water. (Psst… Did you know drinking a glass of water before dinner is The Easiest Way to Lose Weight?) Despite my inability to drink the recommended daily dose of H20, I don’t usually feel thirsty. But I did this week.
Other than incessant dry-mouth, I didn’t really notice much of a difference. I maybe felt like I had a little bit more energy. I also felt more full throughout the day-but I had pizza for lunch and dinner on Wednesday.
A coworker did, however, compliment my complexion, so maybe the chlorophyll was helping my complexion!
Another unsolicited compliment on my skin, this time from a different coworker!
This weekend, I went to a friend’s wedding, where I had a few drinks and a good time. I was surprised at how refreshing the chlorophyll water tasted Sunday morning when I was feeling a little under the weather (I honestly thought it would make me feel a little puke-y after a night of wine and cocktails).
Before I left for the wedding on Saturday morning, though, I was rushing around the house trying to pack. Because I was rushed, I didn’t mix the chlorophyll in as much water as I had been. Bad idea. The more concentrated the chlorophyll, the stronger/worse it tastes. A nice balance seemed to be 30 drops in about eight to twelve ounces of water, FYI.
One week down, and I haven’t lost any weight. I was not so secretly hoping I’d be able to magically drop five pounds without doing anything besides drinking the water. No dice. I can, however, confidently say I feel more energized. And let’s not forget my glowing skin! (Fill your pantry with the 8 Best Foods for Skin Conditions.)
Because I’m incapable of learning from my own mistakes, and because I’m naturally pretty curious, I put one drop of chlorophyll from the dropper directly on my tongue. (Also, journalism!) Again, terrible idea. Oh my god, was that disgusting.
Today, I ordered some premade chlorophyll water from the Pressed Juicery-it’s the only store I could find online that makes chlorophyll water (with no additional ingredients) and ships to Michigan. This was not cheap. Hopefully, it would be worth it.
As for chlorophyll being an internal deoterant and topical treatment, while I didn’t have any flesh wounds I could spray chlorophyll on to test the wound-healing claims, without going into too much detail, I can say that I did feel like I had worse breath and even worse smelling, um, the other thing. Here’s hoping this changes.
My Pressed Juicery water arrived. It tasted almost the same as the water I’ve been making myself, but more diluted and less “green” tasting, which I definitely appreciated. Unfortunately, it’s probably more cost-effective long-term to stick with the drops.
By the last day of my experiment, I was sipping chlorophyll water right out of the bottle (no straw!) and adding a dropper’s full without meticulously counting each drops. I was a chlorophyll-water-drinking pro.
I lost exactly one pound, and I can confidently say I felt more energized, more satiated, the same amount of, um, digestion, and less internally deodorized. I do have quite a bit of the liquid supplement leftover, so I’ll probably continue drinking chlorophyll water until that’s used up-but after that, unless I feel or see any other dramatic changes, I’m not sure I’ll buy it again.
The good news: Since natural chlorophylls are nontoxic, there are currently very few reported risks other than them causing your skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun (although, as with any supplement, you should definitely talk to your doctor before taking it). Goodman advises clients to start out slow and build up to the daily dosage to see how your body reacts. (Heads up: She also says you might notice greenish stool, but not to worry because this is a normal side effect. Fun!)
Not ready to commit to the supplement? Just make a conscious effort to include more leafy greens into your diet, and you’ll reap the chlorophyll benefits. (Good news! We’ve got 17 Creative Vegetarian Recipes Using Leafy Greens.)
And if Jennifer Lawrence is spotted drinking anything else, I will try it. For journalism. Cheers!
- By Emily Plucinak
What are the risks?
Tell your doctor about any supplements you’re taking, even if they’re natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications.
- Side effects. There could be minor effects on the stomach/intestines, like nausea/vomiting from chlorophyll supplements.They seem to be fairly safe, though.
- Risks. Chlorophyll may make some people more likely to get a rash from the sun. We don’t know if chlorophyll is safe for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Interactions. If you take any medicines regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using chlorophyll supplements. Be careful with medications that also list sun sensitivity as a side effect, like drugs for acne, infections, and pain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.
10 Proven Benefits of Chlorophyll
What is Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is a liposoluble pigment that gives plants and algae their green color. Chlorophyll, when in its natural liposoluble state, does not dilute in water and is minimally absorbed. This is why, for example, you can eat plenty of spinach without actually getting any of the benefits of chlorophyll.
Sodium copper chlorophyllin is a derivative of chlorophyll. It is water soluble and bioavailable; assimilation is therefore highly improved. The antioxidant capacity of chlorophyllin is about 2000 times superior to blueberries and 20 times superior to resveratrol, an organic molecule known as one of the best tools to fight against oxidative damages induced by chemical carcinogens and radiation.
Health Canada recognizes the antioxidant capacity of chlorophyll as well as its properties. It reduces bad breath and bodily odors due to perspiration, an undeniable advantage for active people.
How do we take it?
Simply add the liquid chlorophyll to fresh water. Benefit from its extraordinary virtues while adding some extra freshness to your water, if a flavored formula is chosen. For example, the mint flavor will add a pleasant sensation of freshness to your drink. Look for a reputable brand chlorophyll extracted from alfalfa for the best quality. Attention: a high-quality chlorophyll supplement should not contain preservatives.
1. Chlorophyll promotes the production of red blood cells.
2. It absorbs toxins – precursors to illness – that are in the intestines and the body. Chlorophyll is an ally of the Detox and Total Detox cures.
3. Chlorophyll acts as an internal deodorant: bad breath, sweat, stools, urine, food odors (such as garlic) and menstrual odors. The deodorant effect is also shown for people that have a colostomy.
4. Chlorophyll binds to aminos in the intestines. Cadaverine and putrescine, for example, are present in bad breath, urine, sperm and during bacterial vaginitis.
5. It isn’t a laxative, however, chlorophyll has a normalizing effect on the intestinal transit.
6. It has antioxidant capacities. These capacities are 1000 times superior to xanthins: caffeine, theophylline, theobromine, (tea, coffee, maté, chocolate). They are 20 times superior to those of resveratrol (blackberries, grapes, wine).
7. Chlorophyll has anti-carcinogenic properties. Many studies show the efficiency of chlorophyllin (CHL) in reducing the risks of cancer. (1)
8. Chlorophyll increases the production of white blood cells, fighting against conditions such leukopenia.
9. The components are anti-inflammatory, it accelerates healing. The effects are anti-inflammatory and healing when applied directly to the wound.
10. It is a regulator of intestinal fermentation. Mycosis (Candida Albicans) is caused by antibiotics, hormones, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants and a high sugar diet. These infections are very resistant and difficult to treat. Chlorophyll reduces the production of gas and toxins that occur during digestion and contributes to protecting the liver, the second line of defense after the intestinal barrier. It is one of the best ways to continually detox the body.
Land Art Offers Different Formulas of Chlorophyll
Pioneer in Canada in the production of liquid chlorophyll, Land Art offers different formulas in response to all of your needs. All of the Land Art Chlorophylls are created with high-quality chlorophyll, extracted with a supercritical process from non-GMO certified alfalfa. These products do not contain any preservatives and are gluten-free.
Regular chlorophyll: this light concentration is ideal for initially starting to take chlorophyll. Offered in four delicate flavors (mint, apple, eucalyptus and lime-basil), it is also a favorite of children.
Chlorophyll 5x: for those used to taking chlorophyll, this version contains 5 times more chlorophyll per 5 ml dose than the regular formula. It is offered in 4 different versions: flavorless, apple, mint and lime-basil.
Chlorophyll 15x: contains a therapeutic concentration of 150 mg per 2.5 ml dose, this formula is the most concentrated formula available. It is available with mint flavor or without flavor.
Also, the powerful deodorizing properties of chlorophyll are teamed up with the virtues of essential oils in the ChlOralfa oral health products. Completely natural, this series has 2 mouthwash formulas and a breath-freshening mist.
(1) Chemopreventive potential of chlorophyllin: a review of the mechanisms of action and molecular targets. Nagini S1, Palitti F, Natarajan AT.
A couple of years ago, I was reading one of those beauty sites on which some of the world’s coolest women talk at length about their lives in terms of health and beauty—the products they’ve grown up using, the ones they’ve recently discovered, the routines they’ve come to rely on. One particular woman—successful, informed, pretty—said something that stuck with me: “If you don’t juice, or if you don’t have time to juice, you can use liquid chlorophyll!”
As someone who buys into the “green is good” idea but most certainly does not have her shit together enough to regularly treat drinking juice as a verb, I took to Google and found thousands of results about this so-called miracle potion—made from the molecule inside green plants and vegetables that give them their color—and the ways in which it might improve your immune system, energy levels, weight, digestion, even your natural body odor, all of which you can read about here and here.
But—as both a willing beauty guinea pig and an admittedly vain human being—the real selling point was the hundreds of articles I found about it’s supposed ability to not only perfect skin, but also to prevent future damage. #Sold.
I picked up a bottle at Whole Foods for around $10 and the directions said to take a tablespoon daily, either on its own or poured into water or juice (full disclosure: this stuff looks like food coloring, and will not only turn your water dark green but it’ll tint your teeth and tongue if you don’t suck it down fast enough, preferably with a straw.) The taste was definitely not familiar—earthy, plant-y, a little metallic—but certainly one that, over time, can be acquired much like standard green juice.
World Organic Liquid Chlorophyll, $10; at The Vitamin Shoppe
Within about a week, I started to notice some changes, particularly with my energy levels and, yep, my skin. (I also pleasantly discovered liquid chlorophyll’s ability to help with hangovers, but more on that later.)
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, there’s been some data to suggest that liquid chlorophyll promotes red blood cell production, which means it also may help promote oxygen delivery to your tissues, which probably accounts for why I noticed an almost instantaneous change in my face’s tone. The dullness started to recede within days, I looked more awake, and the dry patches along my cheeks started to clear up.