Thanks to the mega-popular social media app TikTok, “Chlorophyll water” has the spotlight and promises clear skin, effortless weight loss, reduced body odour, and even prevention of cancer. But does the science back up these claims? In this blog post we will explore all the rumors about Chlorophyll water and if it holds up on any of its promises.
What is Chlorophyll?
Before we get into the claims around chlorophyll, let’s first discuss what it is. You may remember from grade school science classes that chlorophyll is the green pigments found in plants and is an important part of the photosynthesis process. Essentially, chlorophyll is what makes green plants green, meaning it can be found in any bright green vegetable or herb, like arugula, spinach, broccoli, parsley, green beans, and more.
Chlorophyll supplements (in this case, chlorophyll water) is actually chlorophyllin, which is the water soluble version of chlorophyll, making it possible to combine with water and drink. Chlorophyllin supplements are found in many forms, but the one taking the spotlight right now is liquid drops known commonly as “chlorophyll water”.
What Does Chlorophyll Water Do for Me?
Now that we know what it is, let’s break down the top 5 chlorophyll claims one at a time and take a look at the science behind them.
Weight loss is complex, and it's very unlikely that a single supplement can cause effortless weight loss, so always think twice about a product promising weight loss without lifestyle changes.
That being said, there is not one specific food or supplement that can completely eliminate your risk of cancer, as there are many other factors at play in the development of cancer.
Liquid chlorophyll is of course a more concentrated source of chlorophyll than a serving of vegetables, but there isn’t evidence to indicate that consuming a higher dose of chlorophyll will make it impossible for you to get cancer - in fact, this is pretty much impossible. Minimizing your risk of cancer is absolutely not a bad health practice, but you’re better of to continue eating a well balanced diet with plenty of vegetables than spending your hard earned cash on expensive liquid supplements.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As with any health product, there are some side effects to drinking chlorophyll water you might want to be aware of. Chlorophyll water may cause digestive issues, diarrhea, discoloured stool, and could possibly interfere with some medications you may be taking. These side effects may be minimal and are likely not a cause for concern, but still something you may want to be mindful of.
Any one product that promises to help you effortlessly lose weight, clear your skin, get rid of all body odour, AND cure cancer is probably stretching the truth a bit. There isn’t enough evidence in humans to support the claims chlorophyll water is making. While taking chlorophyll water likely won’t hurt, it might not be worth the extra money. Save your cash and get your chlorophyll from eating your favourite green veggies! As always, get your nutrition advice from a Registered Dietitian before consulting the internet.
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- Abby Langer. (2021, April 21). What’s the Deal with Chlorophyll Water Trend? Retrieved from https://abbylangernutrition.com/whats-the-deal-with-chlorophyll-water-trend/
- Jill Seladi-Schulman. (2020, November 8). The Benefits of Chlorophyll. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/liquid-chlorophyll-benefits-risks#dosage