Chlorophyll Water Takes on Acne, Body Odor, Skin Damage and More

You might know chlorophyll as the compound that gives plants their beautiful green color. But when sourced from algae like spirulina or leafy greens, chlorophyll is a solid source of plant-based protein.

As a supplement, you likely will see it called chlorophyllin, which is a water-soluble form of chlorophyll that contains copper and sodium. These extra minerals make it easier for your body to absorb.

Chlorophyllin appears to be better absorbed than natural sources of chlorophyll, though it’s not clear yet if that’s an advantage or not.

Some research shows chlorophyll skin products may fight acne, and there’s evidence it can help with weight loss. It also contains antioxidants, which protect your cells against free radicals that play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

One study concluded that chlorophyllin could be of significant use in improving body odor, while another showed it can help with healing skin after sun damage.

Yet another small study found chlorophyll reduced pancreatic cancer cells in experiments. In its early stages, researchers are now looking at chlorophyll as a contributor to the decreased incidence of cancer among individuals who consume green vegetables.

Liquid chlorophyllin is often sold by the bottle. With some brands, you can take the liquid straight or mix it with water or juice. Chlorophyll supplements also come in powder, tablet or capsule form.

Some research shows that prolonged use of supplements with high chlorophyll or chlorophyllin content can lead to a mild sensitivity to sunlight.

Existing photosensitivity from other medications may also be exacerbated by chlorophyll and chlorophyllin supplementation, so talk to your physician before taking this.

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