- While chlorophyll naturally comes from consuming leafy greens, getting it from water is difficult because it is fat-soluble.
- When drinking the newest trendy water called Chlorophyll water, you are actually drinking chlorophyllin, a semi-synthetic mixture salts and natural chlorophyll which has health benefits.
- So far, many have claimed that the brand Chlorophyll Water have done wonders for skin health, upped energy levels and combats diseases like cancer.
First, there was asparagus water, then the Kim Kardashian-endorsed celery juice. Now, the latest trendy water is the Mandy Moore-endorsed Chlorophyll water. So, what is chlorophyll water, anyway?
For starters, Jamba nutrition consultant Sarah Marjoram MS, RDN explains that chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that absorbs energy from light during the process of photosynthesis.
“Nutritionally speaking, chlorophyll is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants,” says Marjoram, which is naturally sourced from eating leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, wheatgrass, and arugula.
However, getting it from water is more complicated because chlorophyll, being fat-soluble, cannot dissolve in water. So when you drink chlorophyll water, you’re actually ingesting chlorophyllin, ‘chlorophyll’s “semi-synthetic” cousin. Generally, it contains salts and natural chlorophyll, said to greatly benefit health.
What are its health benefits?
According to Marjoram, the brand Cholorophyll Water, which is rich in vitamins A, C, and D, are said to “detoxify, fight odor, heal wounds, energize you, and fight cancer.” Actually, most claims come from it being a source of antioxidants which promote health and combat disease.
Some people get into it, like Mandy Moore who said drinking the stuff is good for gut health. Nutriluli founder Luli Gamburd also claimed a difference in her energy and hydration levels as well as noticing an improvement in her skin tone when she started drinking Chlorophyll Water.
While a study done on mice revealed that chlorophyllin could reduce the negative effects of heavy metals on the body, more study is required to determine its detoxifying properties in humans.
Is it effective?
“At this point, there’s just not enough evidence to support it,” says Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD. “Chlorophyll water is far from a magic bullet. Drink plenty of filtered water, move your body daily, and eat a variety of produce — not forgetting your greens.”
How does it taste?
Although it has a slightly chemical flavor after drinking a few bottles, later, it tastes like plain old water.
Is it worth your money?
Though these bottles cost $39.99 per case or $3.33 per bottle, the brand Chlorophyll Water plants a tree for every case sold. The bottles are also recyclable and are landfill biodegradable. So buying a bottle is actually eco-friendly. Who knows, you might be getting the supposed potential health benefits from the vitamins.