Everything You Need to Know About Chlorophyll: a True Lifesaver Or Just a Myth?

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Anyone who has TikTok (can't imagine any teenager without one) has, at the very least, heard about this new Chlorophyll trend. Personally, I'm not the type of person who has to try every single trend, but I got more and more tempted as it covered my whole For You page.

Plus, after discovering that in Iron Man 2, even Tony Stark (my favorite character in the entire MCU) was drinking liquid chlorophyll to help with the Palladium poisoning that was slowly taking over his body, I was even more tempted.

But the truth is at an average price of $40, I really couldn't afford liquid Chlorophyll, and my parents (of course) flatly refused to help me out. So I decided to do some research, on whether it was really worth buying this instead of continuing to save up for a new phone.

What Really Is Chlorophyll?

Those of us who paid even the tiniest attention in Science class, know that Chlorophyll, found in plants, helps make their food from sunlight. It's what makes most plants green, and it's a basic survival tool for plants. But humans, on the other hand, don't need it and that's why it hasn't gained any popularity. At least, not until now.

Chlorophyll doesn't actually dissolve in water, so the liquid chlorophyll that people have been buying isn't squeezed from plants. It's actually made from Chlorophyllin, which is a semi-synthetic chemical mixture of sodium copper salts extracted from chlorophyll. It's not only available in liquid form, you can also find it as ingestible tablets, tropical form, or soft tablets.

What's It Even Supposed to Do?

According to TikTok, a few drops of this magical potion is supposed to treat acne, prevent cancer, detoxify the body, and boost energy levels. That's a lot of benefits from just a few drops.

Many studies have proven that chlorophyll has a mild to no effect on acne, and it was used as a tropical, in the very few cases that did show a positive result. But, chlorophyll's effects on cancer are still unclear, so that means that it can decrease or increase your chances. Studies using chlorophyllin have been done in mice, rats, and trout, but there still isn't any strong evidence. The rest of the benefits, (detoxifying and boosting energy levels) have still not been scientifically proven.

According to many scientists, an average person should not consume more than 300 milligrams of chlorophyllin each day, and not continue usage for more than three months. Using chlorophyllin is also not recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or even in children under 18. Many scientists say that it's better for your body to just eat a bag of spinach instead of spending $40 on a bottle of liquid chlorophyll.

Sources:

The Washington Post

The Cut

Very Well Health

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Arpita is a 15-year-old freshman at a public high school in Arizona. She's very passionate and determined to make changes happen. In addition to being a Teen Magazine writer, she's also a journalist for Redefy. She wants to become a professional journalist, and a social justice activist. You will most likely find her either reading, writing, or tackling down one of her number one enemies... homework.