One of the latest TikTok trends is adding chlorophyll drops to the water you drink. The claimed benefits include:
- Boosting immunity.
- Cleansing the blood.
- Removing toxins from your intestines.
- Removing sweat glands.
- Invigorating your body and protecting against cancer.
Find out if there’s any merit to these claims and if you should consider using drops of liquid chlorophyll in a glass of drinking water.
What Is Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is a color of green present in photosynthesis-related organisms, such as the green leaves of vegetables, a few algae, wheatgrass tea potatoes, and a few herbs. The liquid chlorophyll in commercial supplements comes from various sources, such as alfalfa, mulberry leaf, and algae. Certain liquid chlorophylls may not be 100% chlorophyll and are made up of chlorophyllin, a semisynthetic water-soluble form of chlorophyll created by mixing copper salts and sodium with chlorophyll. The combination is believed to make it more easily absorbed into the body.
Although liquid chlorophyll can be well-tolerated and tolerated, reported adverse effects of the supplement are sensitivity to light, dermatitis, diarrhea, and stomach upset. The oral chlorophyll supplement has been safely used in short-term studies for four weeks. Furthermore, chlorophyll supplements aren’t being studied for breastfeeding or pregnant women, and these women are advised not to take them until further studies are conducted.
Does It Work?
Chlorophyll is fat-soluble and antioxidant-like. There is some research about the anti-cancer benefits of chlorophyllin. However, in this investigation released in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers concluded that chlorophyllin could prove effective but further research is required.
Some early studies have been conducted on these claims. For instance, a report from the year 2004 released in Indian Pediatrics showcased a pilot study that showed that eating wheatgrass, which is a plant that is high in chlorophyll, has reduced the number of blood transfusions required by people suffering from the blood disorder known as Thalassemia. However, researchers did not single chlorophyll as the primary cause of the lower requirement for transfusions. Furthermore, the study was conducted in a limited population, and knowing the impact on healthy individuals is challenging.
In the end, no evidence suggests any benefits in incorporating drops of liquid chlorophyll in your water every day.