Chlorophyll: Overview

Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green; along with sunlight, plants use it to make food via photosynthesis.  For humans, it also has medicinal uses.

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Almost all green plants, including many common vegetables, are rich in chlorophyll.  Popular sources include leafy greens, wheat grass, broccoli, asparagus, peas, and herbs such as alfalfa.  Note, however, that overcooking destroys chlorophyll.

As a supplement, chlorophyll comes in a few different forms, including tablets and in liquid form.

Function; Why it is Recommended

The molecular structure of chlorophyll is similar to that of hemoglobin in human blood.  The only difference is the central atom, which is iron in hemoglobin and magnesium in chlorophyll.  Due to this similarity, liquid chlorophyll performs virtually the same function in the body as does hemoglobin.

Chlorophyll is known as a "super food" because of the range and quantity of nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids) that it contains, including:

Chlorophyll possesses many properties including anti-microbial, deodorizing, and hormone-balancing as just a few examples.

Loaded with antioxidant power and many other properties, chlorophyll exerts various beneficial effects.  It has been used to:

  • treat bad breath
  • reduce fecal odor in colostomy patients
  • relieve constipation
  • detoxify the body by binding with and flushing out toxic chemicals and heavy metals
  • cleanse the liver
  • promote wound healing
  • fight aging
  • improve adrenal function
  • suppress hunger and cravings
  • aid digestion
  • cleanse the colon
  • reduce insomnia
  • boost the immune system
  • prevent formation of kidney stones
  • intravenously treat chronic relapsing pancreatitis
  • cleanse, restore, and build up the supply of red blood cells
  • fight cancers such as colon cancer
  • reduce inflammation in arthritis and fibromyalgia patients
  • relieve systemic redness and swelling
  • balance the acid-alkali ratio in the body
  • stop Candida albicans growth
  • help build and maintain strong bones
  • improve blood clotting, for example in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding
  • treat oral health problems such as periodontitis, mouth infections and injured gums
  • balance hormones in both men and women

Chlorophyll is also said to benefit obesity, diabetes, gastritis, hemorrhoids, asthma, skin disorders such as eczema, rashes and skin infections.


Chlorophyll is considered very safe.  However, excess consumption can lead to diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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Chlorophyll can help with the following:


Body Odor

One or two chlorophyll tablets or chlorophyll liquid taken with each meal may help, as chlorophyll is a great deodorizer.

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