Chlorophyll: What You Need to Know?

Chlorophyll

All across Canadian health food stores, there is a shortage of chlorophyll. If you are confused about how this happened so quickly, the answer is the power of social media. Chlorophyll’s appeal has suddenly shot sky high due to a trend that started on TikTok, where influencers posted videos demonstrating their dramatic transformations after taking this amazing “cure-all”. But what exactly is chlorophyll? Can it be a scam? Or will chlorophyll truly deliver on its promises to clear your skin and heal your body?

Even though this popular supplement is frequently sold out, chlorophyll has always been all around us. In fact, it is found in the trees, the grass, and pretty much any green vegetable. It’s the green pigment found inside all green plants such as spinach, parsley, green beans, and arugula.

The Therapeutic Potential of Chlorophyll

How can the tiny green pigment inside of plants be so powerful? The active form of chlorophyll, known as chlorophyllin, is one of the water-soluble sodium copper salts that plants need to get their energy from the sun. It is absolutely essential for plants to survive. Many people struggle to consume a variety of vegetables every day, so taking a chlorophyll supplement can be a quick and safe way to reap the benefits.

Cleanse your body  

Every day, we accumulate toxins from preservatives and fillers found in makeup, skincare, cleaning products, pollution, prescription medications…the list goes on. When there is a buildup of toxins in the body, it becomes more difficult for the detox organs (skin, lymph, liver, kidneys, bowels) to do their job. As a result, you may start to see signs of suboptimal detox function such as acne, constipation, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and even some nutrient deficiencies. Chlorophyll acts as a powerful toxin absorber to restore the functions of these detox pathways. Over time, dramatic changes can occur. Clearer skin can certainly be a possibility if the acne was caused by a buildup of toxins in the first place!

Fight Dangerous Toxins

Some crops naturally contain a type of fungus called aflatoxin. In small quantities, this toxin can be detoxified by the body. However, the body often deals with higher quantities than expected, as aflatoxin can be found in peanuts, corn, nuts, rice, figs, spices, and more. Aflatoxins are known to be human carcinogens because they can impact DNA and induce mutations. They can also injure the liver cells and increase the risk of liver cancer. Chlorophyll is one of the few substances that limit the number of aflatoxins we absorb into our bodies, decreasing the overall toxic load. 

Internal deodorant

Struggling with body odors no matter which deodorant you use? Chlorophyll can act as an internal deodorant, getting rid of odors from the inside. It can even work for bad breath when you take it first thing in the morning!

Chlorophyll:

Genestra Liquid Chlorophyll 30ml

Nature’s Way Chlorofresh Chlorophyll 474ml

Land Art Chlorophyll Mint 500ml

Pure-le Natural Liquid Greens Chlorophyll Super Concentrate Unflavoured 450ml

Trophic Chlorophyll Super Concentrate 500ml

What to Do if You Cannot Find Chlorophyll

Even though Healthy Planet is continuously getting new shipments of chlorophyll, you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot get some immediately. If that is the case, many other green superfoods such as wheatgrass, spirulina, and chlorella can also give similar effects. These plants are loaded with nutrients and naturally contain high amounts of chlorophyll. They are harvested and grown until they reach their peak, then packaged into a convenient powder, tablet or capsule form for easy use.

Wheatgrass: Flora Wheat Grass Powder 225g

Spirulina: Gandalf Spirulina Haiwaiian Spirulina 60 tablets

Chlorella: Giddy Yoyo Organic Chlorella 900 tablets

Author

Grace Tien is dietetics and holistic nutrition grad. She creates sustainable, delicious meal plans to help clients with their health goals. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

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