If it’s been a while since you last sat in biology class and need a little bit of help remembering what exactly chlorophyll is or does, allow us to refresh your memory.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is needed for photosynthesis, a chemical reaction harnessing energy from sunlight. Today, it’s also a trending ingredient in the world of natural wellness.
You can actually eat chlorophyll – plants rich in it include spinach, alfalfa, and wheatgrass – or you can drink it. Chlorophyll supplements contain chlorophyllin, which is the water-soluble version and is said to be better digested by your body than when eaten.
In the US and UK, a number of brands offering ready-made bottles of chlorophyll water are popping up. Alternatively, you can buy it in liquid drop form and add that to a glass of water to make your own.
More studies need to be done on the benefits of drinking chlorophyll or taking it in supplement form, but the little we know suggests that it could be very beneficial for us. A 2016 study by the University of Tuscia, Italy, suggested chlorophyll can have anti-cancer effects, an area where more research is currently being done.
Other studies suggest it’s good for our blood flow and digestion. According to the drink brand Chlorophyll Water, the structure of plant chlorophyll cells resembles that of human red blood cells, which they’ve linked to a boost in blood flow.
Traditionally, chlorophyll supplements have been used dating back to the 1940s to help with bad body or breath odors – apparently its compounds can help neutralize the smells.
One thing we do know for sure is that drinking chlorophyll water is a great way to get more H2O into your body if you don’t particularly like plain water, and staying hydrated is hugely beneficial for your health.
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As for the risks associated with it, there aren’t really any. According to the Micronutrient Information Center at Oregon State University, chlorophyll isn’t toxic, and WebMD refers to it as “fairly safe”.
Drinking chlorophyll could cause your tongue to temporarily become discolored or your urine to go green. The university recommends keeping your dosage to 100-300 mg/day, as side effects if you exceed this could include nausea or vomiting.