As students, we were introduced to the term ‘chlorophyll’ in our primary years at school and it was the first time when we realized what actually gave plants their green color! Kids love doing role play-based activities and most of them act as teachers, doctors and chefs during the game. Plants too love to be the chef! Just like we use different ingredients to cook up a yummy dish plants too use ingredients to make food. While we go to the market to buy them plants don’t have this option but are smart enough to use the ingredients available in the environment to make food. Plants turn energy into food by a process called photosynthesis which uses chlorophyll along with sunlight to capture and convert energy. Guess all of you are transformed to your primary school days where we used to draw a sun, a green plant, make some arrows and mark the photosynthesis process that uses chlorophyll. We forgot all about this chlorophyll until recently when our health industry came up with yet another sensational news that chlorophyll water is good for health!
Willing to Bet on the Chlorophyll Pill?
Health drinks, energy shakes and nutrient-rich water line supermarket aisles and now you can even find chlorophyll water neatly stacked across many grocery shops. There are numerous theories surrounding the advantages of this water right from helping to detoxify the body to enabling weight loss. Besides water, there are companies fighting against each other with their own miracle chlorophyll supplements available in the form of pills, drops and capsules that they claim to help with odor control, blood detoxification, wound healing, gut health, energy and cancer prevention. Most of these supplements contain chlorophyllin, a water-soluble derivative of natural chlorophyll that’s best absorbed by the body. Though we have raw results showing that chlorophyll can help build red blood cells there are no authentic evidence proving this. The same is with odor control too but we do have better results when it comes to wound healing. Chlorophyll is said to contain antimicrobial activity and animal studies show that it can help in getting rid of the harmful bacteria and maintain healthy bacteria in the gut. With cancer again we do not have authentic evidence showing that the phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables are beneficial for treating against cancer.
Chlorophyll water is nothing but purified water that’s fortified with nutrients and vitamins including chlorophyll. Available at juice bars and health outlets this water mainly contains chlorophyllin that’s rich in micronutrients and antioxidants. There are several claims attached to this chlorophyll water. It is believed to help in weight loss, good for the skin, reduce inflammation, has anti-bacterial property to fight against skin infections, is said to be a great detoxification drink, an aid to control tumors (a study shows that liquid chlorophyll binds to carcinogenic molecules in the body and helps to remove them). All these are theories that don’t have definite proofs to back their claims.
All said and done, we do have sure insights that chlorophyll has beneficial effects on the body but the only disadvantage is that we don’t have evidences. With such benefits its always suggested to take chlorophyll-rich foods along with the diet rather than choosing to eat pills, water and supplement that don’t have the FDA approval nor have a clean chit about their list of ingredients. Some of the natural foods that are great sources of chlorophyll include dark green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, beans, peas, cabbage, spirulina and asparagus. Apart from being rich in chlorophyll these veggies are also full of nutrients that can keep you healthy! Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com who can help you plan a healthy and well-balanced diet plan suiting your requirements and body conditions.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.