What is liquid chlorophyll and is it as good as TikTokers claim?
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Where do you discover new health trends and fads? TikTok is growing in users promoting health trends, good or bad, and some downright outrageous. One of the current trends is drinking liquid chlorophyll. Taking liquid chlorophyll became popular back in 2016 when celebrities began touting its health benefits. (I am sure Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop had something to do with this). Now the trend has caught on and many TikTokers are getting upward of one million views on their claims that liquid chlorophyll has helped their acne and reduced their body odor. However, according to dermatologists, nutritionists, and other physicians, these claims are misleading. In a write-up in Huffington Post, dietitian and nutritionist Judy Simon states that these claims can’t be verified because dietary supplements are not FDA approved. Furthermore, liquid chlorophyll is not pure chlorophyll from plants but a semi-synthetic version called chlorophyllin and there have been limited studies on its actual benefits. Below is more information on liquid chlorophyll from HuffPost:
“Drinking liquid chlorophyll seems to hit on people’s intuitions about naturalness and purity, because you are taking water and adding something that comes from plants, which are instinctively viewed as pure,” noted Andrew Shtulman, a professor of psychology at Occidental College.
It is also easier to swallow chlorophyll than, say, cook green vegetables or exercise. After all, these health-boosting activities “take more effort, or we might not have the resources to purchase the materials or access to a space where we need to do them,” Shtulman said.
First, it is important to remember that dietary supplements do not go under any type of Food and Drug Administration approval, said Judy Simon, a registered dietitian and nutritionist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington.
“Anyone can make all kinds of claims about chlorophyll supplements,” said Simon, so approach cautiously when you see them on your TikTok “For You” page.
To assess the true effectiveness of liquid chlorophyll, you need to look at chlorophyllin, a semi-synthetic form of chlorophyll found in liquid chlorophyll that is different from the natural version contained in plants, Simon said. This form allows it to be mixed into water and dissolve well.
However, the limited number of human studies on chlorophyllin’s effect on skin focus on topical application, as opposed to ingestion, and these studies involve only 10 people or fewer.
Board-certified dermatologist Joyce Park emphasized that better research is needed to uncover the benefits of using topical or liquid chlorophyll supplements.
She did note that chlorophyll may hold potential benefits for the skin because “its antioxidant properties help with anti-aging and it also has anti-inflammatory properties to help treat acne” — but again, research remains limited.
A single study on mice did find that drinking chlorophyllin mixed with water may regulate the gut microbiome. But Simon said this doesn’t provide enough evidence for her to recommend it to her clients to boost their gut health.
I started using liquid chlorophyll back in 2018 after it was recommended by the woman who did my yoni steaming (stop judging). And every year since, I use it for 90 days every year. I do feel the benefits of it using it like less bloating and my skin feels less inflamed but like the article said, these can’t be proven. I am always someone who says check in with a holistic physician (basically someone with an MD but who also believes in holistic eastern science). I have found that when I talk with a doctor who has a western education with an eastern mind, we get right down to my issues and healing them quickly and properly.
As far as the claims about liquid chlorophyll healing acne and reducing body odor, I couldn’t tell you because I don’t have acne or a strong body odor (just take a shower folks). However, I do find that I get less bloating and gassy when I use chlorophyllin. I find it interesting that that chlorophyllin regulated the gut microbiome in rats. I agree with the doctors and nutritionist that no one thing is ever the answer. We should stop looking for lightning in a bottle treatments that are quick and easy. Sometimes just doing the work will reap the better and longlasting benefits. If you decide you wish to try some of these trends, do your research and ask questions. With that being said, I would like to warn everyone that NO ONE should be getting medical advice from TikTok unless maybe the TikToker is an actual doctor or nutritionist with credentials.
This dietician reveals that a cup of spinach is about the same as a dropper of chlorophyll.
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