I’ve always found new and (sometimes) strange health fads to be interesting and appealing. But… drinking liquid chlorophyll? Why would anybody even do that?
This summer, I learned about some of the health benefits of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is considered a “superfood,” and I had read articles suggesting that taking it in liquid form could lead to anti-inflammatory effects, help fight cancer, accelerate wound healing, improve digestion and skin health, and naturally prevent odors. There are also claims that it leads to weight loss, but given a basic understanding of nutrition, I’m generally pretty wary of that kind of claim. At the very least, studies showed that it wasn’t harmful, so I decided to give it a try myself and see if I noticed any changes.
I purchased a bottle of liquid chlorophyll at The Vitamin Shoppe for $10 and I still have it. I can’t find the exact bottle online — it is their generic brand pictured in this post — but you can find the drops elsewhere, including Amazon (not endorsing this particular brand, there are various similar options). This particular example is about $14, and holds almost 100 servings.
I personally chose to incorporate this into my daily routine by adding a few drops to my water in the morning, and sometimes having a second glass of chlorophyll water at some point throughout the day. I also experimented with adding chlorophyll to some of my smoothies. This effectively turned them into green smoothies, without involving actual greens. However, as I’m not a scientist, I can’t speak to whether blending the drops might decrease their effectiveness. I just know it tasted good and made my smoothies feel even healthier. *shrugging emoji*
My overall verdict is that this purchase was worth it, at least for me! Here is a little of what I personally experienced:
–Increased energy: I’m definitely a coffee person (this is well established). However, I typically try to drink at least 12 oz of water in the morning before I have coffee. When I tried adding a few drops of liquid chlorophyll to my water, it seemed to delay the pounding headache that I would usually get if I didn’t drink coffee by a certain time. (Bad, I know.) It wasn’t a substitute, but it did help me feel more “alive” before my AM caffeine session.
–Incentivized me to drink more water: This might vary depending upon the type of chlorophyll concentrate one uses, but I found that the drops I used added a very slight, minty taste to my water that made it more enjoyable to drink, and was more natural than Crystal Light.
–Skin: When I started drinking this, I genuinely did notice an improvement in my skin. I felt that it became clearer and less dull. This, however, could have been attributable to the fact that, as I mentioned, drinking chlorophyll water encouraged drinking more water overall, which is generally beneficial for your skin. Either way, the end result was that it helped.
–Speeds up healing: While I can’t be 100% sure it was the chlorophyll water, I had longish-term injuries that definitely improved and began to heal themselves in a way that was almost unbelievable when I began drinking it, and it was not during a time when I made any other major changes, so this is the only thing I can think of that might have caused it. Without going into too much detail, I would vouch for this benefit from my own experience.
–Placebo effect?: Of course, perhaps these benefits I claim to have experienced could all be due to some placebo effect. I think the chances of that are less likely since I had that possibility in mind than if I had not, so I’m cautious about making conclusions… yet, even if it is just a mind trick, if it’s a beneficial mind trick, that’s not so bad, right? 😉 I suppose the only way to know for sure would be for more people to try it and share their experience.
I should also say that some of the alleged benefits of chlorophyll are longer-term, preventative, or otherwise unable to be encompassed by anecdotal accounts. For example, it has been argued that chlorophyll strengthens bones, treats anemia, prevents kidney stones, balances hormones, and boosts immunity.
Of course, there’s no miracle drug, supplement, chemical, food, etc. that a person can ingest and suddenly experience optimum health. It’s all about overall balance. I would liken drinking chlorophyll water to drinking green tea, eating chia seeds, or being super focused on #hydration. You won’t necessarily experience negative consequences without it, but you might gain unexpected benefits if you incorporate it as a regular aspect of your lifestyle.
What do you think? Would you ever try it, or, if you have, did you experience any benefits?