Chlorophyll - Health Chef Julia

The Health Benefits and Risks of Chlorophyll 

October 8, 2021

What is chlorophyll?

A recent trend has seen people including Chlorophyll in their daily lives, but what exactly is it? Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants their green color. It allows plants to absorb energy and get their nutrients from sunlight through the process of photosynthesis.

Chlorophyll is found in a variety of green vegetables, and because of its many potential health benefits, some people take it as a health supplement. Though scientists are still learning new facts about it, it is believed to help boost energy,  neutralize toxins, heal damaged skin and fight certain illnesses. ​​It is also filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and therapeutic properties that could be beneficial to those who take it. 

You can find it in all green plants. Veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli are a natural way to increase the amount of chlorophyll in your diet. Even you freeze your vegetables, you’ll still be able to get its benefits. 

The benefits of using chlorophyll?

According to a study published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, chlorophyll can be considered an effective treatment for acne when applied topically. This is because it is full of antioxidants, which work as anti-inflammatory agents and boost the immune system. 

It has also been shown to help reduce age signs and wrinkles. In a study done by the  Korean Journal of Investigative Dermatology, it was determined that women over the age of 45 who included chlorophyll into their dietary routine saw a significant improvement in skin elasticity and wrinkles. 

Here are some of the other benefits:

  • Digestion improvement
  • cut inflammation (especially in arthritis patients)
  • Constipation relief
  • boost red blood cells
  • Yeast reduction in patients with Candida
  • Increased energy
  • Hormonal balance
  • Weight loss

Risks

You should check first with your healthcare provider before taking chlorophyll as a supplement, especially if you are taking a prescription medication, since chlorophyll supplements could interfere with some. Although it is not toxic, some people have reported some mild side effects that include:  

  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Are you currently taking chlorophyll as a supplement? Connect with me on Instagram and let me know if you have seen any of these improvements!

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