5 Things To Know About Chlorophyll
Have you ever heard that parsley freshens breath? Better yet, have you ever experienced that? Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants and algae, and chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer. (Anyone remember Clorets Gum? Chlorophyll was part of the proprietary breath freshening formula.) It’s abundant in leafy greens, but you can also find chlorophyll and its semi-synthetic derivative chlorophyllin available as a liquid supplement. I first bought liquid chlorophyll to help address my dogs’ terrible breath odor. It works, if you’re wondering.
Then I started adding liquid chlorophyll drops to my water—not for breath freshening per se, though why not—but because chlorophyll has lots of potential benefits for overall wellness, just as you might imagine from something so green. Chlorophyll plays a critical role in photosynthesis and helps plants absorb energy from sunlight. In that way, I like to think of chlorophyll as something that helps recharge and draw energy to my body.
5 Things To Know About Chlorophyll…
It’s alkalizing. Chlorophyll is rich in magnesium, a highly alkaline mineral that helps balance acidity in the body. It promotes an alkaline environment in the body that helps strengthen cell walls, boost energy levels and accelerate the healing process.
It’s calming. Chlorophyll has a calming effect on the nerves thanks to all that magnesium. It reduces the symptoms of insomnia, nervous irritability and general fatigue—helping you feel cool, calm and rested.
It’s rich in antioxidants. As you might expect from something this green, chlorophyll offers a rich source of antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals and decrease the potential for damage from oxidative stress. Chlorophyll’s antioxidants increase your skin’s resilience and help you age well.
It’s detoxifying. Chlorophyll has enzymes that help eliminate heavy metals, toxins and carcinogens from the body before they can cause damage. Chlorophyll acts as a blood cleanser, helping oxygen to flow more efficiently to your cells and the adrenal glands to function better.
It offers cancer protection. Chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have demonstrated the ability to block certain carcinogens from doing DNA damage in the body by inhibiting them from absorbing into our system. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has promising research findings on the topic.
I bought a pint of liquid chlorophyll and decanted it into a ½ ounce bottle with a dropper so I can easily add 5-10 drops to my water twice a day. Over the last several weeks I’ve noticed its detoxifying effect, particularly in my complexion. The result is similar to when I’m eating chlorophyll-rich greens the way I should—consistently and in abundance, which I’ve been slipping on lately due to a busy schedule. While liquid chlorophyll is no substitute for greens, it’s a great supplement and something I’ll continue to enjoy—along with my dogs—for sweeter breath and better health.
What’s your experience with liquid chlorophyll?