TikTok users swear by liquid chlorophyll drops. Here's what you should know if you're thinking of hopping on the bandwagon.
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Wellness TikTok is an interesting place. You can go there to hear people speak passionately on niche fitness and nutrition topics or see which questionable health trends are circulating. (Looking at you, teeth filing and ear candling.) If you've been lurking in this corner of TikTok lately, you've probably seen at least one person sharing their love of liquid chlorophyll — and the social media-friendly, visually gorgeous green swirls it creates. If you have a love-hate relationship with green powders and supplements, you might be wondering if it's worth adding to the rotation.
If you aced your sixth grade science class, then you probably know that chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants their green color. It's involved in photosynthesis, aka the process when plants convert light energy to chemical energy. As far as why a lot of humans choose to consume it? Chlorophyll has antioxidants and has some noteworthy potential health benefits.
"There are a wide range of purported benefits ranging from boosting energy, metabolism, and immune function, to aiding in cellular detoxification, anti-aging, and healthy skin," says Christina Jax, R.D.N., L.D.N., Lifesum Nutritionist. "However, the best supported research data is in chlorophyll's ability to help reduce cancer risk due to its antioxidant properties." Note: These studies technically looked at chlorophyllin and not chlorophyll. Chlorophyllin is a mixture of salts derived from chlorophyll, and supplements contain chlorophyllin rather than chlorophyll since it's more stable. While supplements actually contain chlorophyllin, brands typically label them as "chlorophyll."
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"In the end," says Jax, "it's always a good idea to eat a plant-based diet that includes lots of green plants that will not only provide chlorophyll, but also other micronutrients and fiber needed for optimal health."