chlorophyll water

What is chlorophyll water and why is everybody talking about it?

The mention of chlorophyll is enough to take most people back to their secondary school science lessons.

But it’s back in a big way in the world of wellness – in the form of chlorophyll water.

Celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and Mandy Moore have endorsed the stuff, claiming they drink chlorophyll water to support their health, particularly gut health in Moore’s case.

Currently there are a few bottled chlorophyll waters on the market, as well as chlorophyll supplements that come in powder, capsule and tinctures form.

Here’s everything to know about the latest water trend sweeping the wellness industry.

What is chlorophyll water?

As you might remember from school, chlorophyll is a plant pigment that absorbs light during photosynthesis.

You may not realise, but chlorophyll is probably part of your diet already. It’s found in greens and leafy plants, so in foods such as spinach, green beans and parsley.

Eating chlorophyll, however, does not guarantee it entering your system. This is because, in its natural state, chlorophyll is fat soluble, meaning it cannot dissolve in water.

But drinking it is another story.

Most chlorophyll water and supplements on the market are made up of a semi-synthetic relative of chlorophyll – known as chlorophyllin.

Chlorophyllin is made up of a mixture of salts from natural chlorophyll and is water-soluble – so is more readily absorbed into the body.

What are the health benefits of chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll has been used as a health supplement for many years, with medical studies suggesting it has all kinds of wide-reaching health benefits.

In terms of nutrition, chlorophyll is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, helping to keep the body healthy and to fight off disease.

A number of studies have also shown that consuming chlorophyll can not only heal skin and reduce levels of cholesterol but improve the quality of red blood cells too.

It’s also well known for its detoxification and protective properties. In fact, one small study found that chlorophyll may limit the ingestion of aflatoxin- a compound that has links to cancer (although we’d in no way suggest that downing chlorophyll will prevent or treat cancer. It’s quite a bit more complex than that). Another study on animals found that chlorophyll supplementation reduced the incidence of liver tumors by up to 64%.

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Another claim is that chlorophyll can help with weight loss and there’s research to back it up – one study found people who took a daily supplement containing chlorophyll had greater weight loss than a group that didn’t take the supplement.

Research has also found that chlorophyll can work as a natural deodorant – a 1980 study noted that chlorophyll helped reduce body odor in adults living in nursing homes.

Does chlorophyll water actually work?

Despite there being a number of fascinating studies and promising research into the health benefits of chlorophyll in general, there isn’t enough scientific evidence yet to suggest that chlorophyll water actually works.

For those looking to give it a go anyway, research from Oregon State University suggests the recommended daily dose of chlorophyllin (found in branded chlorophyll water) is between 100 and 300 milligrams per day, and this should be distributed over three separate doses.

How to get it

Getting your hands on branded chlorophyll water in the UK may prove tricky.

A number of US brands, such as Verday, are selling the stuff – but most only ship within The States.

However, a number of liquid chlorophyll products are readily available – simply add the recommended amount to a glass of water.

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