Chlorophyll has been called nicknames such as “liquid sunshine” and “nature’s deodorizer” because of its cleansing properties and the perceived overall health benefits it provides. I say “perceived” because for one, I am not a doctor and two, there has been no definitive medical proof of these claims. There are, however, many people who have used chlorophyll to treat certain problems and to hopefully promote better health.
So what is chlorophyll? You see the work of chlorophyll every day without even realizing it. It is a natural substance that absorbs the sun’s energy and turns our grass and plants green. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is capable of providing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients to humans.
Since the primary source of chlorophyll is in the leafy green vegetables we eat, there is no way we would take in enough on a daily basis to provide any significant benefit. Besides that, if we were to eat them in any other form besides raw, the amount of chlorophyll would be greatly reduced in the preparation (cooking). This is why people choose to take a supplement in either liquid or tablet form, which are readily available in drug and health stores.
Chlorophyll delivers magnesium and helps in the growth of red blood cells. It also helps in carrying oxygen to cells and tissues, which in turn helps in their growth and overall health. Chlorophyll has an antiseptic affect, inhibiting the growth of bacteria and helping in the healing of wounds.
Another benefit includes the neutralization of toxins we take in every day from the metals and minerals we ingest, to the polluted air we breathe.
In the instance of body odor, chlorophyll has been used as a deodorizer to help reduce bad breath and excessive body odor. This is probably due to the work it does on the toxins.
There have been other claims about the benefits of chlorophyll, such as its ability to treat calcium stones, or its anti-inflammatory qualities helping those with arthritis, or even its anti-carcinogenic qualities, however I have yet to see any definitive medical proof. So, as with any alternative therapies and supplements, the decision is yours, along with your doctor’s guidance (especially if you are on any medications).