Chlorophyll is naturally found in most green vegetables, but when extracted, put into a dropper and mixed with water, it also has the ability to take social media by storm. By definition, chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants—it’s what gives kale, spinach, algae and the like their vivid green hue. And while the ingredient does contain health benefits, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to its claims. We spoke with nutritionist Jennifer Hanway to do just that.
Many people claim that taking chlorophyll drops is a substitute for certain veggies. Is this an accurate nutritional substitute?
Absolutely not! While chlorophyll drops do contain vitamins and antioxidants, they do not contain any of the fiber that we find in vegetables, which is so essential to our metabolic and digestive health. As such, I recommend chlorophyll drops as a supplement to a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables, not as a substitute.
What are the benefits to chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll has been linked to benefits in reducing inflammation, skin healing (when applied topically), detoxification and weight loss. However, the limited clinical studies we have on chlorophyll are mixed when it comes to results.
Are there any precautions to consider before taking chlorophyll?
Again, the clinical literature we have for chlorophyll is limited, and there are no studies on its long-term usage. I would caution against using too much, too often as it may cause digestive problems, or irritation if used topically.
What are the best sources of chlorophyll?
Personally, I would choose to get my chlorophyll from eating an abundance of leafy greens and sea vegetables as you are reaping all of the benefits of consuming the fiber also. I have tried chlorophyll drops in the past and did not notice any beneficial effects. If I was choosing a supplement, I would choose drops as they are more likely to be absorbed, I would ensure it was organic and would make sure it did not contain any fillers, flavors, or additives.
The bottom line: Although chlorophyll drops may seem just as nutritional as eating leafy greens due to its vivid color, these drops miss the mark when it comes to including essential fiber. However, the results of chlorophyll drops do vary, and so long as the drops you pick are organic and free of fillers, flavors or additives, as Hanway recommends, they’re worth a shot. Some favorites: Sakara Detox Water Drops ($39) and Chlorophyll Water Nature-Enhanced Purified Water ($30 for six).