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By: Dr. Keith Kantor


What is chlorophyll water? Chlorophyll is responsible for the health and green color of plants; it also has therapeutic health benefits due to its high content of vitamins and antioxidants. You can consume chlorophyll from supplements or plant-based foods. Foods that contain higher amounts of chlorophyll include, wheatgrass, green beans, spinach, parsley, arugula, or leeks.   Supplements are more effective for digestion because actual chlorophyll does not survive digestion long enough. The supplement form of chlorophyll is actually referred to as chlorophyllin containing copper instead of magnesium.


Is chlorophyll water considering a supplement? Is chlorophyllin what’s actually in chlorophyll water?


Chlorophyllin is a semi-synthetic mixture of sodium copper salts derived from chlorophyll, chlorophyllin is water-soluble and chlorophyll is fat-soluble. Chlorophyllin is the main ingredient in liquid chlorophyll, which is what is used to make chlorophyll water.


What are the benefits?

It suppresses appetite, aids in weight loss, decreases spikes in insulin lessening cravings, helps with skin healing, helps in detoxifying the blood, reduces the risk for cancer, increases energy, helps in eliminating odors (as a natural deodorant), and helps in boosting the immune system.


Any drawbacks? It could cause digestive distress, diarrhea, dark colored stool, or irritation when applied topically. It is important to check with your health care professional before supplementing if you are already taking medications.


Can it help performance? In a roundabout way yes, it can help you maintain a healthy weight, which can indirectly improve performance. The natural increased energy from the vitamins and antioxidants will also improve your immune system while improving performance. 100-300mg up to three times per day is the general safe dosage; 1 tbsp. is approximately 100 mg.