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Now Trending: Chlorophyll

Sporty & Rich Wellness - Now Trending Chlorophyll

By: @shatiachesson


Chlorophyll water seems to be having a moment in the world of wellness. Chlorophyll is a pigment that gives plants their green color through the process of photosynthesis. Instead of natural chlorophyll, chlorophyll water contains chlorophyllin, which is a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll. Both are rich in antioxidants, vitamins (such as A, C and K), and trace minerals.


Although more research is needed, there are many proposed benefits of consuming chlorophyll including weight loss, detoxification, stimulating the immune system, reducing body odour and bad breath, increasing oxygenation, and enhancing the skin by reducing inflammation and bacterial overgrowth. It may also increase platelet-related measures in the blood, which may benefit athletic performance by reducing pain and fatigue. Moreover, studies have found chlorophyll may be capable of enhancing the gut microbiome and neutralizing free radicals in the body.


Consuming chlorophyll is easy - it can be consumed in supplement form or through specific plants. Chlorophyll water is a condensed and readily absorbable source. After chlorophyll water is consumed, its copper content can be detected in plasma, which highlights its ability to be effectively absorbed by the body. 

 

Whether you choose to sip on chlorophyll water or not, the best way to reap the benefits is by frequently consuming an abundance of plants. Foods like wheatgrass, green beans, arugula, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, matcha powder and peas are all great natural sources of chlorophyll. One cup of raw spinach provides 23.7mg of chlorophyll, which is equivalent to approximately seven drops of chlorophyllin.


The bottom line is that there hasn't been enough research to confirm the proposed benefits of chlorophyll, however, it’s not going to hurt you. If it helps you drink more water, which is always beneficial, go ahead! Consuming a healthy diet that is rich in plant-based foods is your best bet, mainly because chlorophyll-rich plants also contain an array of other nutrients that you won't find in chlorophyllin.



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