Liquid chlorophyll: the top 5 evidence-based benefits

Chlorophyll is best known as an essential ingredient in photosynthesis, the process plants use to create energy. So you might be wondering why you’re suddenly seeing so many liquid chlorophyll supplements designed for you! In this article, we’ll explain exactly what liquid chlorophyll is, what it does for us, and why you should be taking it…

What is chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is a pigment found in green plants. It gives the plant its colour, and it also helps it to absorb energy from sunlight and create nutrients (photosynthesis). Chlorophyll indirectly supports our health too, by producing food in the form of plants, by absorbing CO2 from the environment, and by emitting oxygen back into the air. In fact, chlorophyll has been called the source of all life on Earth.

But can chlorophyll benefit us directly? That appears to be the case, with increasing evidence supporting the many health benefits of chlorophyll supplements.

We should point out that liquid chlorophyll and other supplements actually contain chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll. Chlorophyllin is almost identical to chlorophyll, with the only significant difference being that it contains copper instead of magnesium. For clarity though, we’ll just use “chlorophyll” going forward. On to the benefits!

Benefits of liquid chlorophyll

  1. May help weight loss

If you’re looking to shed some pounds or maintain a healthy weight, supplementing with chlorophyll may help.

In one study, women taking chlorophyll-based supplements felt fuller after eating, and their hunger hormones and blood sugar levels were better regulated. Another study found that women taking a supplement containing chlorophyll lost more weight than those who didn’t, and their sweet and fat cravings were reduced from the very first day. As a bonus, they also experienced lowered levels of LDL, or “bad”, cholesterol.

  1. May reduce signs of ageing

Starting to show signs of aging? Chlorophyll may be able to turn back the clock.

One study reported that taking a chlorophyll supplement boosted collagen production in the skin, improved wrinkles, and increased skin elasticity. It also appeared to reduce the signs of photoaging, or aging that results from sun exposure.

A second and third study also found that chlorophyll reduced signs of photoaging in the skin, with the latter finding it to be just as effective as tretinoin, a prescription-strength, gold-standard skin cream. The gel was applied topically, but you can add liquid chlorophyll to face creams or serums to achieve a similar effect.

  1. May support skin health

Chlorophyll’s age-busting benefits are thought to be down to its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, both of which are known to benefit skin health in general. That’s probably why it’s also been shown to help fight acne and improve the skin’s appearance.

In one study, chlorophyll improved signs of acne and helped to control excessive oiliness in the skin. Another pilot study found that chlorophyll reduced acne and minimised large, visible pores after just three weeks. Both are notoriously difficult to tackle, so if you’ve had no luck with conventional methods, chlorophyll might be worth a try.    

  1. May protect the liver

Your liver is one of the hardest-working organs in your body, playing a critical role in everything from detoxification to digestion. Animal research has shown that chlorophyll can protect the liver from long-term damage and improve certain pathways essential for proper detox and waste removal.

We need more research about this particular benefit in humans. However, researchers have tested chlorophyll across various species and say that they’re confident it will be proven to have the same benefits for us too.

  1. May improve blood quality

Your red blood cells contain haemoglobin, the molecule responsible for transporting oxygen around your body. When you don’t have enough red blood cells, or your red blood cells don’t have enough haemoglobin, the lack of circulating oxygen can cause anaemia. This is a surprisingly common condition and leads to fatigue, weakness, heart palpitations, cognitive issues, headaches and a host of other symptoms.    

Chlorophyll has a very similar chemical structure to haemoglobin, so it’s thought to improve the quality of red blood cells and improve oxygenation. In its pure form, it’s been found to improve symptoms in patients with anaemia. As the main component of wheatgrass juice, it’s thought to be responsible for the drink’s ability to build the blood and treat haemoglobin deficiency.

Is liquid chlorophyll safe?

Yes. Liquid chlorophyll is safe for the vast majority of people, but you might experience some digestive discomfort or, if you apply it to your skin, a mild itching or burning sensation. The side effects usually resolve after a short while, but they bother you, reduce your intake and build up your tolerance slowly.

For some people, experts recommend consulting your doctor before you take liquid chlorophyll. That includes those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, especially ones that cause sunlight sensitivity. If in doubt, it’s best to check with your doctor first!

How do I take chlorophyll?

You can get chlorophyll from eating leafy green vegetables like spinach, but chlorophyll supplements, i.e. chlorophyllin, are actually thought to be better absorbed by your body. We find the best form of supplement to be liquid chlorophyll, as it’s versatile enough to mix into smoothies and recipes if you want to consume it, or beauty products if you want to use it topically.

 

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