How to Take Your Chlorophyll?

It does more going green

Can you still recall what your science teacher said about chlorophyll and photosynthesis? It’s cool, we don’t either!

Read on for a lesson on this green pigment. But don’t worry, we won’t make it too ‘sciency’.

What is chlorophyll?

Simply said, photosynthesis is the process through which plants convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and energy. During this time, the chlorophyll that’s present in green leaves helps to absorb energy from the Sun.

The greener the plant or vegetable, the higher its chlorophyll content.

What can it do for our bodies?

Chlorophyll doesn’t just grant us a great green view at the park but also does wonders for our health. Although still in its infancy, research has shown that chlorophyll provides some benefits: 

  • Treats skin and acne.
  • Regulates haemoglobin (red blood cells).
  • Supports weight loss.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Helps liver detoxification.
  • Boosts energy.

How to consume chlorophyll?  

Since it’s abundant in green vegetables and plant-based foods, you can choose t eat or drink your chlorophyll. Steer your shopping cart into the produce aisle and pick these up:

  • Green vegetables (eaten or juiced): bok choy, lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans and asparagus.
  • Green fruits: kiwi and green grapes.
  • Chlorophyllin supplements: chlorella and spirulina.

Are there health risks?

Consuming chlorophyllin, the supplement version of natural chlorophyll may have some possible side effects that you should consider:

  • Occasional diarrhoea.
  • Discolouration of urine or faeces.
  • Discolouration of tongue.
  • Mild burning or itching when applied directly to a wound.

Sources: Cleveland Clinic, WebMD, Healthline, Very Well Fit