What is chlorophyll?

What is chlorophyll? 

Chlorophyll is the green pigment naturally produced by plants and algae that gives them their dark green colour. This includes leafy greens and other vegetables we usually eat. Even if you start drinking your water with chlorophyll, you will still need to eat your veggies. Make sure you are including raw vegetables, and not skipping out on kale and spinach as they naturally contain high amounts of chlorophyll.

 

What’s all the hype?

Lately, everywhere I go I see everyone going crazy about chlorophyll. Thanks to TikTok, chlorophyll has become a huge hit on social media and this trend will probably stay for a while. I, for once, have to admit I like this trend and I am definitely encouraging people to try it. I’ve been drinking my chlorophyll water for over a year now, and I personally find it magically soothing and reenergizing.

 

Why is everyone so excited to jump on the chlorophyll train? 

It is probably because chlorophyll is a potent antioxidant, gentle detoxifier, and energizing tonic at the same time.

 

Benefits of Chlorophyll:

  • Controls body odour. Chlorophyll is called an inner deodorant because it can help with excessive sweating and can reduce body odour.
  • Blood builder. A modified form of chlorophyll known as chlorophyllin provides a bioavailable form of iron which aids in the treatment of anemia.
  • Effective against Candida albicans. Research has shown that an isolated chlorophyll solution can stop Candida albicans growth.
  • It is a potent antioxidant and helps to neutralize free radicals.
  • Supports liver detoxification by being a hepatoprotective.
  • Natural detoxifier, cleansing many toxins including aflatoxins, which are by-products of mould affecting raisins and legumes.
  • May improve acne. Due to a higher intake of water and natural cleansing abilities, there could be an improvement in the occurrence of acne.

 

Are there any side effects? 

Chlorophyll is completely natural and is known to be nontoxic. It may cause mild diarrhea or indigestion and it could lead to green discoloration of urine or feces. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing moms since there aren’t enough studies showing it is completely safe. Overall, as long as you are taking a daily recommended dose you should be fine.

 

How to pick the right chlorophyll supplement

The natural chlorophyll found in green plants is fat-soluble but most of the products found in health food stores contain water-soluble form called Chlorophyllin. On the label, it will be listed as “Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin”. I know it seems a little complicated, but Chlorophyllin is a water-soluble derivative of natural chlorophyll that is better absorbed by the body than the other forms.

Chlorophyll supplements come in different forms, such as tablets, capsules, or liquid form. I personally find the liquid form the most pleasant and enjoyable. The liquid form is especially handy when it comes in multiple flavoured options like mint. All you need to do is quickly add it to your water and you are good to go.

Before you quickly snap your chlorophyll from the shelf make sure you consider your allergies and sensitivities. Don’t just grab whatever supplement you see on a shelf. Always read the label especially the ingredients and pick a company you can trust.

 

My personal favourite

Pure-Le Natural is a brand I trust. Their chlorophyll contains NO yeast, wheat, gluten, sweeteners, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, or tree nut ingredients and comes in different flavours and sizes. Over the last year, I’ve tried them all and will tell you which ones are my favourite and how I’ve incorporated them into my routine.

  1. Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate

It comes in two flavours, unflavoured and mint flavour. You can add 1tbsp to your drinks or food 2 times daily. I usually do a 1 tbsp in my water bottle and sip on it in between meals and find the mint flavour particularly refreshing during the hot summer days.

  1. Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Dark Chocolate

This is their newest flavour and I’ve used it mostly in my smoothies and oatmeal. I have also used it to make banana/chocolate popsicles and they were quite tasty – even my teenage son was quite happy with them.

  1. Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Activated Charcoal Mint

This product is enhanced with activated charcoal. Activated Charcoal on its own acts like a sponge for toxins. The toxin particles bind to the surface of the activated charcoal and then can be carried out of the body. Activated charcoal enhances the detoxifying ability and energizing

 

About the Author:

Iva Pravda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and busy mom researching food, drinks, and supplements in the natural health industry. Find her on Instagram @nutritionwithiva or visit her website.

 

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