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Liquid Chlorophyll Benefits & Risks

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  • The Green Maker

    The Green Maker

    If you paid attention in science class, you probably remember that chlorophyll plays an important role in plant life. Chlorophyll is the chemical substance that makes plants green and allows them to absorb energy from sunlight.

    What you may not have learned in class is that it can be beneficial as a supplement for humans as well.

    Learn about an ancient remedy »

  • Where Is It?

    Where Is It?

    If a food is fresh and green, it’s probably a good source of chlorophyll. It’s in leafy greens, wheat grass, broccoli, asparagus, peas, and herbs like alfalfa.

    As a supplement, chlorophyll comes in a few different forms, including tablets and in liquid form.

    Chlorophyll supplements aren’t regulated, and their doses vary. Consult with your doctor to decide whether or not you need them, and what dosage is right for you.

  • The Key to Smelling Good?

    The Key to Smelling Good?

    Many people take chlorophyll supplements to combat foul odors. Marketed as an "internal deodorant," there have been claims that liquid chlorophyll can help reduce bad breath and other embarrassing body odors, including those related to what you do in the bathroom. However, there is very little evidence to support this effect.

    It’s also used to help speed up the healing of wounds, and reduce the possible bad odor that can come with them.

  • Blood Builder

    Blood Builder

    Kusha Karvandi, a personal trainer and founder of Exerscribe, takes liquid chlorophyll on a daily basis for the positive effects it has on “blood building.”

    "It is an excellent ‘blood builder’ because it helps build red blood cells, similar to the effects of altitude training," Karvandi explains. "The reason it works is because plant chlorophyll has an identical structure to human hemoglobin, except it has magnesium at the center instead of iron."

  • Detoxification and Cancer

    Detoxification and Cancer

    While many of the claims about odor and healing require further scientific research, liquid chlorophyll has been used for years both to treat ailments and because of its apparent detoxifying capabilities.

    There are claims that it helps to detoxify the liver and helps the body to get rid of toxins that can aid in the growth of cancer. It does this by binding to them and preventing their absorption. There is also some evidence to suggest that it might have a future as a treatment or prevention measure for colon cancer, 

  • What Are the Risks?

    What Are the Risks?

    There are some possible side effects associated with taking liquid chlorophyll. "[Chlorophyll] can cause the skin to become extra-sensitive to the sun, in which case sunblock would solve the problem," says Karvandi.

    Other side effects include digestive problems and possibly negative interactions with other drugs, though none of these symptoms are especially dangerous.

  • Who Should Use Caution

    Who Should Use Caution

    There are certain groups of people who should use caution when it comes to liquid chlorophyll supplements. People with signs of photosensitivity should be cautious, as well as those who take immunosuppressant drugs.

    Along with the claims that it has positive effects on the liver and can help prevent cancer, there is also evidence that chlorophyll can help treat and prevent type 2 diabetes. However, people with any of these conditions should consult with a doctor first. Supplements can interfere with medications. 

  • Looking Ahead

    Looking Ahead

    Along with cancer and liver disease, chlorophyll has been linked to the treatment of many other ailments. For example, one study suggests that it may have a future in preventing obesity.

    While the research is limited, it may also one day be used to treat of herpes, tuberculosis, pancreatitis, and pneumonia.

    As with any supplement, speak to your doctor before you make liquid chlorophyll a part of your daily routine.