Why I Started Drinking Liquid Chlorophyll
Is chlorophyll good for you? That is a big question surrounding this supplement. Most of us know chlorophyll is what gives plants their beautiful green color. It plays an essential role in photosynthesis, allowing sunlight to convert into energy but how beneficial is chlorophyll in supporting your optimal health?
Chlorophyll, dubbed “green blood” due to the similar molecular structure it shares with human blood, is packed with a ton of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. If you’re a lover of raw (or lightly-cooked) dark green, leafy vegetables then you are probably getting your fair share of natural chlorophyll. For me, eight years ago I was consistently on the go and was not eating a plant-based diet. When a blood test revealed I was iron deficient I decided, with the advice of my doctor, to add an iron supplement in combination with liquid chlorophyll (chlorophyllin) to my diet to increase my red blood cells. My numbers eventually went up and my love for liquid chlorophyll stayed.
Below are three reasons I started and continue to drink liquid chlorophyll…
Helps to Treat Anemia
Chlorophyll is believed to increase red blood cells in our body and aid in blood cell regeneration by helping the cells carry more oxygen. Adding liquid chlorophyll to your diet when another source of supplemental iron is present produces far better results in treating anemia.
May fight cancer cells
When your body’s pH is more acidic, you are more likely to get sick or develop an infection. An alkaline body pH helps to prevent sickness and disease. Liquid chlorophyll is an effective way to reduce acidity. Research also suggests that an acidic body pH can lead to cancer. Both natural chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have the ability to attach to heavy toxic metals and carcinogens (substances capable of causing cancer in living tissue), preventing the digestive system from absorbing them and aiding in their elimination thus possibly preventing and blocking certain cancers.
High Levels of Vitamins & Minerals
Chlorophyll is full of fatty acids as well as magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. It’s also a great source of vitamins A, C, K, E and beta-carotene, which are all vital in maintaining a healthy immune system. Of course, the best source of chlorophyll comes from whole foods like spinach, arugula and other deep-green leafy vegetables.
To consume the most chlorophyll, eat your veggies raw or lightly steamed as cooking them can decrease their level of chlorophyll. If you do choose to supplement, liquid chlorophyll (this is the one I use) isn’t your only option; tablet and powder form are also easily available.
The easiest ways to take liquid chlorophyll as a supplement is to add it to your water or make yourself an Energy-Boosting Green Chlorophyll smoothie. There are also some wonderful clean beauty brands using chlorophyll as an ingredient in their skin care products.
*Chlorophyll may increase sun sensitivity for some users. As always, consult with your physician before adding supplements into your diet, and be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before use.
**Editor’s Note: this post was originally published in December 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.