Why is chlorophyll green? What are the health benefits of Chlorophyll?

Why is chlorophyll green

What are the health benefits of Chlorophyll you might ask and what does it actually do for you? Why is chlorophyll green anyway?

Where can you find it and why you should be taking it.

The molecular structure of  Chlorophyll is the same as the hemoglobin, therefore it is very good for your blood.  Chlorophyll is a super food which is packed with a range of powerful nutrients.

Chlorophyll is a chlorin pigment, which is structurally similar to and produced through the same metabolic pathway as other porphyrin pigments such as heme. At the center of the chlorin ring is a magnesium ion. This was discovered in 1906, and was the first time that magnesium had been detected in living tissue. This is why chlorophyll is green.

Benefits of Chlorophyl
Where does it come from?

Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in plants which facilitate the absorption of light from the sun. It has the ability to convert this light energy into a usable form which is utilized for various processes such as photosynthesis by virtue of which the green plants prepare their own food.

Therefore one of the great reasons many ailments call for green leafy vegetables as part of a healthy diet is because of the chlorophyll content.  When you really need a boost then take liquid Chlorophyll as the answer.Liquids are more easily absorbed in your body.  Pills can take longer for your stomach to break down and sometimes they do not break down at all and you straight through you without you getting any benefits.

Areas that may be helped with Chlorophyll

  • Immune System
  • Some Cancers
  • Digestive Health
  • Detoxification
  • Anti-AgingLiquid Chlorophyll
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Strong Bones and Muscles
  • Oral Health

I use Organic Chlorophyll drops and drink it diluted in water.  Around 15 drops up to 3 times a day. One of the reasons I do this is because I like many of you sit a great deal of the day.  When we sit for so long the circulation to the legs, ankles, and feet are restricted.  This causes cramps and possible blood clots, so along with adding in movement throughout the day, there is also a reason for adding Chlorophyll.

If you are taking any medications please check with your medical practitioner as always before adding anything new to your regime.

The one I take has peppermint in it as well and therefore although it is very green when you drink it the taste is palatable. You can also add it into your vegetable and fruit smoothies.

Despite clinical usage for many years, toxic effects of natural chlorophyll in normal doses have not been known. However, it might cause some discoloration in the tongue, urine or feces when administered orally. Along with this, it might also cause mild burning or itching sensation on topical application.Benefits of Chlorophyll

When you look at all the benefits and the reasons for chlorophyll you can see why you should incorporate this into your daily regime.   As more and more people are giving up red meat it is important to know what nutrients and vitamins are available from other foods.  The way our food is now produced there is more reasons to take good supplements.

 Stay informed. Stay Hydrated.


References:

 

  1. Stenblom EL, Montelius C, Östbring K, Håkansson M, Nilsson S, Rehfeld JF, Erlanson-Albertsson C. Supplementation by thylakoids to a high carbohydrate meal decreases feelings of hunger, elevates CCK levels and prevents postprandial hypoglycaemia in overweight women. Appetite. 2013 Sep;68:118-23. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.04.022. Epub 2013 Apr 28.
  2. Young RW, Beregi JS Jr. Use of chlorophyllin in the care of geriatric patients. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1980 Jan;28(1):46-7.
  3. Esten, Mabel M. and Dannin, Albert G. (1950) “Chlorophyll therapy and its relation to pathogenic bacteria.” Butler University Botanical Studies : Vol. 9, Article 21.
  4. Weir D, Farley KL. Relative delivery efficiency and convenience of spray and ointment formulations of papain/urea/chlorophyllin enzymatic wound therapies. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2006 Sep-Oct;33(5):482-90.
  5. Jubert C, Mata J, Bench G, Dashwood R, Pereira C, Tracewell W, Turteltaub K, Williams D, Bailey G. Effects of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin on low-dose aflatoxin B(1) pharmacokinetics in human volunteers. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2009 Dec;2(12):1015-22. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-09-0099. Epub 2009 Dec 1.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your health provider.


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50 Comments

  1. Martin

    Would love to try its benefits have never heard of such.
    Thanks so much for sharing this content its very informative.
    Cheers for the great work you are doing.
    Good Health is Wealth worth it.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Give it a try you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Thank you for your comments.

      Reply
  2. Danay

    I’ve heard of Chlorophyll but never really too the time ti learn about it. Thanks for the great post and references for further reading. Time to study up!

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Chlorophyll although it tastes a bit off is very good for you, I get the one that has a bit of mint in it as well so it tastes a little better. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Danielle

    I had no idea chlorophyll could help with so much. I sit a lot of the day, unless I’m chasing my kids around, and could definitely use this as a supplement.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      It helped me with my circulation for sure.

      Reply
  4. Tamika

    This is my first time hearing about chlorophyll. I’m going to research a little more because I have Lupus and trying to see if it helps with flare-ups. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Let me know if you find out if it can help you I would be interested.

      Reply
  5. Julie Cao

    I am all for the healthy diet and ChlorophyII drinks definitely comes along the way. I believe the best way to maintain a healthy body is not depend on pills, but on health diet, and ChlorophyII really helps.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Medication is not the way to go if you can find an alternative that works for you. Research and knowing your body is key to your health.

      Reply
  6. Kash+Mike

    I have liquid chlorophyll. I had no idea of all of its benefits. I was using it as a blood builder due to its similarity to hemo, as you stated in your article. I enjoyed your informative writing. Leg cramps is one thing I was unaware of being able to treat. I’ll try and see if it works faster than this huge magnesium tablet. ???

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      I am sure it will help but you can also get a magnesium spray instead of taking a huge tablet 🙂

      Reply
  7. Jen

    Learned something new. I haven’t heard of a chlorophyll supplemented before. This is the first. I’ll give this a try if a come across this product.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes I felt much better when I was taking if for my cramps worked a treat.

      Reply
  8. emma

    The green juice I get every morning has chlorophyll in it but I never realised until now how many heart benefits it has! Thanks for filling me in!

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      That is great glad you are having a green juice and it includes Chlorophyll

      Reply
  9. Nancy L.

    I remember learning about chlorophyll back in the day in science class. It is funny how we had no idea of the health benefits back then. I try to get my greens every day whether it be a spinach salad or kale chips, etc. I’ve got to get these drops to supplement the times when I’m not getting my greens.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Being aware is half the battle of keeping a healthy diet and you seem to be doing that 🙂

      Reply
  10. Demi

    It seems like a wonder product. So many benefits. I have been experiencing leg cramps lately. Guess this liquid Chlorophyll will be a relief!

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes I used it and it really worked. It tastes yukky but you get over that bit.

      Reply
  11. katrinajeancarter

    Wow I learned something new today!! This is the first time I’ve heard of using chlorophyll as a supplement. besides that, only in biology class do I ever hear talks about it. Thanks for the info! My husband and I are always looking for ways to improve our lifestyle. Will check it out!

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Always learning about health is what keep you abreast of what you can do to help your body as much as possible.

      Reply
  12. Nicole

    I absolutely love your website and this post. I am very much into natural health and healing and try to stick to that as much as I can. I also believe that sometimes the “best cures” are in the form of prevention. And taking care of your health naturally is the first step so that we dont end up needing medication. Keep up the great work! I will follow for sure.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Thank you I am so glad you like my website I try to keep it current and helpful. Alternative remedies being my focus.

      Reply
  13. Zen Jen

    I used to take a chlorophyll supplement. I felt so great, but it tasted so yuck. I should go back to taking it again. Thanks for providing so much information about it.

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes it can taste yukky what I do is put it in the minimum amount of water and then just drink it straight back. Then drink some water.

      Reply
  14. Axton

    Wow did not know chlorophyll has so many benefits. Do you know of any studies on chlorophyll that i can find in the internet?

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I found someone who did a post and listed quite a lot of links to studies you can find it here http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-amazing-benefits-of-chlorophyll/

      Reply
  15. Sarah from Lavender Life

    I had never heard of it before. I’m already taking quite a few supplements at this point, so I’m going to wait to introduce another once, but I might try it at some point. I never eat red meat either (cause I don’t eat meat or fish at all), so this might come in handy

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I like Chlorophyll I have got used to the taste and make sure I have it every day. I was having trouble with circulation in my legs and it did the trick.

      Reply
  16. Kavinah

    I have heard of Chorophyll but I’m sceptical.
    Would I not not get better nutrients from taking powdered super greens mixed in water?
    How is chorophyll extracted and from what greens?

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Chlorophyll comes the green in plants and yes you would get it from your super greens. I am talking about using it as a concentrate if you think you are not getting enough nutrients for your blood. Great question, thank you.

      Reply
  17. Sam

    Great article! I had never heard of chlorophyll as something to take for better health! It really peaked my interest. Do you find it helps energize you? I would think with all those benefits it must! Again, great article!

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It does make me feel better B12 gives you energy and I take that also/ thanks for your comments.

      Reply
  18. Owain

    I hadn’t heard of Chlorophyll before, so this was an interesting post to read. You say that it can be used as a substitute for eating red meat. But I do eat red meat, not that often though. What is the ratio for eating red meat and supplement?

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Not really a substitute but as vegetarians and vegans can miss out on some nutrients to help their blood chlorophyll is a nice addition to their diet.

      Reply
  19. Anna Mullikin Freeman

    This is so interesting – thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You are welcome

      Reply
  20. Grace

    Dear Helen,

    Chlorophyll is absolutely wonderful for the health and I’m glad to learn something new! It can help with digestive health, which is something I need to treat! Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad you liked it, thanks for the comments

      Reply
  21. ido

    Very interesting.
    I did not know that Chlorophyll has nutritional values. I just thought it was what makes the plants green, and that it.

    Are there types of chlorophyll? I mean, if we extract the pigment from a certain flower, will it be better for example?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes that is what Organic Liquid Chlorophyll is and it tastes good too.

      Reply
  22. Derrick

    One of the products I’ve done customer service for was Sun Chlorella USA. I have heard nothing but good things results about it and now I see why! Thanks for the info.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Excellent thank you so much for your confirmation.

      Reply
  23. Toni

    Wow, and here I thought all along that Chlorophyll was what makes grass green! I had no idea there were nutritional benefits. Thanks for the info!

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You are welcome glad to help

      Reply
  24. Maurice Jackson

    Very informative, you have peaked my interest for sure. On your research alone, I am going to try it.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Excellent you will not regret it.

      Reply
  25. Kenny Lee

    I think I’ve never heard of taking Chlorophyll as supplement. It seems that it has a list of benefits to our health. It make sense though, we are getting the nutrients from green vegetables. I suppose the chlorophyll extract will have the nutrients more concentrated. One thing that I worry is the taste. Will it taste very raw and greenish?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      The taste is fine it looks pretty green but with the peppermint it takes just like peppermint green drink. I only put it in a small amount of water so I don;t have to drink a load of it lol

      Reply

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