Chlorophyll is derived from plants, algae, and green vegetables and is a source of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Many people swear that taking chlorophyll can help support gut health, boost energy, and improve your overall well-being.
So it’s no surprise that you’ll see the jade-hued liquid infused in waters, juices, smoothies, tonics, sports drinks, and even cocktails. But can consuming chlorophyll offer the same benefits of enjoying a hearty green salad—or just a plain glass of water to meet your hydration needs? We asked Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition and wellness expert and author of Eating in Colour, to weigh in.
What are the benefits of chlorophyll?
Largeman-Roth says that while chlorophyll is found in dark, leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, the supplement itself has no proven benefits for hydration or detoxifying the body. That’s not to say that taking the supplement is harmful if you want to try it, but Largeman-Roth explains that you can reap the same benefits from eating vegetables, which give you the added benefits of fibre and other nutrients.
“Adding chlorophyll to water is nothing new! I did it back in the 90s when I was working in a health food store. The products they’re selling today are no different, though some brands are selling the water pre-mixed, which seems like a rip-off,” Largeman-Roth says. “Just buy the concentrate if you want to try this trend.”
Largeman-Roth also notes that she tried chlorophyll to help clear her skin and maintain good breath, and it seemed to help with those things. But as she mentioned, you can get those benefits from eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables, so you’re better off investing your dollars in fresh produce.
If you want to give chlorophyll a try, we recommend Swisse Ultiboost Chlorophyll, available at Priceline for $17.99. Note that chlorophyll has a strong flavour (this one is spearmint), so you only need a tablespoon to add some to your water or choice of beverage.
This article originally appeared on Prevention US.