You’ve probably seen it on TikTok and social media like crazy… Chlorophyll Water. What is it anyway? Years ago when my mom and I were under the care of a holistic medicine doctor, she had us drinking it before it was cool to do.
However, back then, I was only 17 and really couldn’t get into it. Now that I am in a healthier place, I am interested in the potential effects/benefits that it might have on PCOS, but am SO wary because of the social media and influencer hype. Usually when something goes viral, it has it’s moment in the spotlight, then it fades away. But what about Chlorophyll? It seems to have been mysteriously sitting in the shadows for years… is there a reason for that or has it been underrated for all these years? Let’s dig into the research on it!
What is Chlorophyll?
According to my research, it looks as though there are many supplements being marketed as Chlorophyll, but they are actually Chlorophyllin. The main difference is that Chlorophyll contains magnesium (which many Americans do not get enough of naturally from their diet) and Chlorophyllin contains copper – both of which are excellent for the body. I thought it would be important to note this especially since many places are currently sold out of all of their Chlorophyll supplements due to the TikTok craze.
Chlorophyllin is a chemical produced from Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a plant-derived phytochemical that is responsible for making plants green! Hence the deep green color of Chlorophyll. According to WebMD, Chlorophyllin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which can stop the body’s absorption of certain chemicals, which is what is thought to contribute to the prevention of cancer.
Be careful and do your research on each individual brand before purchasing and ingesting if you choose to try it!
Some of the noted benefits of Chlorophyll/Chlorophyllin:
- blood builder/iron booster
- body odor neutralizer
- regulate bowel movements
- clear acne and skin issues
- prevent cancer (in some cases)
Why Should You Take Chlorophyll?
- The chemicals and phytonutrients in chlorophyll and chlorophyllin work to help eliminate toxins in the body and prevent the absorption of chemicals that could be harmful or potentially lead to cancer.
- Because of how chlorophyll works in the gut to regulate gut bacteria and bowel movements, it helps to lower the overall inflammation in the body.
- Research is still in the early stages, but it is said to have blood boosting qualities, making the abundance of red and white blood cells more prevalent and also stronger to fight infection and disease.
- It is said that when gel containing chlorophyll is applied topically to skin affected by acne, it can help to reduce it. Ingesting chlorophyll can also help to clear the skin up from the inside out due to how it works to regulate the gut.
- It is a regulator of intestinal fermentation caused by high-sugar diets, anti-biotics, corticosteroids, hormones, and immunosuppressants
Can Chlorophyll Help PCOS?
It has been noted that using Chlorophyll might work to improve insulin sensitivity by working to improve hypoglycemia without raising blood sugar levels. Since PCOS is considered a metabolic disease as well as gynecological and hormonal, managing blood sugar levels and the body’s insulin transport system can prove to be very helpful for women with the insulin resistant type of PCOS.
I feel that is important to note that the studies that were done to prove the metabolic benefit of chlorophyll were done on mice, and that over the course of the study, the mice showed an increase in body weight. This was due to the ability of chlorophyll to essentially clear the blood of the extra glucose. The connection I am drawing here is that if PCOSers were to take Chlorophyll in conjunction with Myo and D-Chiro Inositol, it might help to not only regulate the clearing of blood glucose, but also then the inositol could also potentially be able to move the insulin made to the parts of the body where it can be turned into energy rather than be stored in fat.
Should I Take Chlorophyll?
- Consult with your doctor or holistic nutritionist before making any changes in your supplement regimen/diet.
- Chlorophyll and Chlorophyllin have the potential to help improve Insulin Resistant Symptoms of PCOS including metabolic and weight management as well as assisting with acne and the gut microbiota.
Is Chlorophyll Safe to Take?
While there are not a ton of known interactions with chlorophyll, some of the currently known side effects of taking chlorophyll could be:
- There could be minor effects on the stomach/intestines, like nausea/vomiting from chlorophyll supplements. They seem to be fairly safe, though. (According to WebMD).
- If you take any medications or supplements, please be sure to do your own research and consult with your doctor before including chlorophyll in your routine.
Which Chlorophyll Supplement Is Good?
There are a wide variety of chlorophyll supplements available, most of which will contain the chlorophyllin/copper. I searched Amazon high and low for liquid options that are available like on TikTok, but naturally, they’re all sold out. Here is one of the good options that I could find though! They might also have some other options at your local health food store or Whole Foods!
I personally trust the NOW brand as they are quite reputable. This specific supplement also has both the copper AND magnesium which are beneficial to the body. It also is a cellulose capsule and does not contain soy.