As the benefits of Chlorphyll become more popular, there are new and exciting products coming on the market which promote beauty and health benefits. The product we wrote about last, New York City-based Verday Chlorophyll, is now available throughout Los Angeles CA. Verday is a game-changing entry in the burgeoning healthy water category. Not only does it quench your thirst like water, the 100mg of Chlorophyll in each 16oz bottle (as much Chlorophyll as 4 cups of spinach or 12 cups of arugula) provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice.
Verday Chlorophyll has great benefits. Calorie Bee lists a lot of benefits on their website:
What Are the Health Benefits of Chlorophyll?
You may have heard stories about chlorophyll and its many health benefits.
Some of the benefits associated with chlorophyll include:
- Increasing oxygen in the blood
- Cleansing the liver and bowels
- Removing toxins from blood tissues, bones, and the intestines
- Deodorizing the body
- Treating health conditions such as gastric ulcers, sinusitis, anemia, arteriosclerosis and even depression
But does chlorophyll really have all these benefits?
Let’s dig deeper.
The Main Health Benefits of Chlorophyll
In fact, chlorophyll has two main health benefits.
1. It blocks dietary heme-induced (iron-induced) metabolites from creating havoc in our system. In other words, it can help balance an iron-heavy diet.
2. It is a dietary source of magnesium which can also be found in green leafy vegetables, young cereal grasses, and chlorella. These are all alkaline-forming foods which promote healthy pH levels in the body, and particularly in the gut, which in turn helps good bacteria to thrive.
Liquid chlorophyll does not give you the above benefits, though it does have other health benefits and healing properties.
Does Chlorophyll Turn Your Blood Green or Have Other Effects on the Blood?
Chlorophyll does have an affinity with heme (a subunit of hemoglobin) in our red blood cells. Like heme, it has a ring-shaped chemical structure that has a magnesium ion in the center instead an iron ion like heme.
In a way, the function of blood and chlorophyll is also similar. The chlorophyll in plant cells absorbs sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce energy, with oxygen coming off as a by-product. Hemoglobin, however, carries oxygen needed for energy production in the human body and releases carbon dioxide as a result.
Because of these similarities, some rumors got started which include things like:
- Chlorophyll can be instantly converted into fresh blood because its molecular structure is almost identical to that of human blood.
- Chlorophyll can be used instead of blood for transfusions.
- Chlorophyll can be changed into hemoglobin by swapping its magnesium ion to iron.
- Chlorophyll can help carry oxygen around the body and to the brain.
- Chlorophyll carries oxygen which rapidly improves blood oxygenation and helps cleanse the body.