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Green water… have you tried it? Thanks to the power of the internet, a quick hashtag search will reveal countless videos of people of all ages and walks of life enjoying this unique colored beverage.
This viral online trend promotes drinking chlorophyll to experience a seemingly lengthy list of wellness support. An energy booster, a detoxifier and an immune system stimulator are just some reported wins. But let’s take a step back. What is chlorophyll and is this internet craze truly beneficial to your health?
Chlorophyll is a naturally produced green pigment found in plants and algae. It gives them a green color and is critical for photosynthesis, which converts sunlight into energy. The result is plants that provide us with tons of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E. Chlorophyll is consumed naturally by eating plants, or in supplemental form, which may increase effectiveness. One option is liquid chlorophyll.
In a liquid form, chlorophyll makes chlorophyllin, which absorbs into the body better than chlorophyll. It’s a good alternative because it doesn’t break down during digestion before absorption, like chlorophyll.
The Benefits of Liquid Chlorophyll‘
Adding liquid chlorophyll to your daily regimen supports:
- The immune system
- The liver
- Healthy cholesterol
- Healthy cells, organs and tissues
- Weight loss
- Skin health
- Blood health
- Natural injury healing of skin wounds
- Detoxification and deodorization
- Elimination of fungus
- Energy levels
- Reduction of bloating
How to Use Liquid Chlorophyll
Looking to try some green water? The company NOW Foods offers concentrated Liquid Chlorophyll in a natural mint flavor. Simply add one teaspoon of chlorophyll to eight ounces of water each day and enjoy! This internal deodorizer is also dairy-free, egg-free, kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO and soy-free. It’s best to consume from a straw to avoid staining the teeth.
How to Make Liquid Chlorophyll at Home
If you’re interested in increasing your chlorophyll intake, you can also make it at home in just a few simple steps:
- Add a 1/3 cup of washed curly parsley and six cups of water to a blender and blend until a green liquid appears.
- Strain the mixture into a saucepan.
- On low heat, slowly stir the mixture until green particles rise.
- Remove from the heat, pour over ice and cool the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours.
- Pour the cold mixture into a cheesecloth or a muslin bag.
- Collect the green paste, refrigerate and consume throughout the week.
Research is still being conducted on the extended benefits and uses of chlorophyll. Please consult with your primary care physician before adding chlorophyll to your daily regimen.