Popping up in juice bars and on the shelves at our favourite health stores, chlorophyll – one of the world’s greenest superfoods – is making waves in the wellness world. A potent antioxidant with powerful detoxifying properties, we did some research to understand why liquid chlorophyll is the drink of the moment.
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While its name might not be as catchy as maca or matcha, chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants and algae their green pigment and traps sunlight for photosynthesis (the process that helps plants turn light into energy). Biology lesson aside, chlorophyll offers us up a whole host of benefits guaranteeing an instant boost of energy and vitality by oxygenating the blood, binding heavy metals to support detoxification and removing pesticides from the body (because we don’t always eat organic, even though we’d like to). Chlorophyll can also help to keep your body alkaline (crucial for a healthy immune system) and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Can you get it through diet?
Yes, it is naturally abundant in the likes of spinach, parsley and watercress although the quality and quantity in a supplement is likely to be far superior. For example, cooked spinach contains 50% less chlorophyll than when raw. And while chlorophyll can be taken in pill form, a liquid version is arguably easier to digest and can be added to water, juices and smoothies alike.
What does it taste like?
The taste does vary between brands, but expect a refreshing, cucumber-y flavour.
How do you take it?
It’s as simple as mixing a teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll into a glass of water; try adding a squeeze of lemon for a zesty drink. The best part? Unlike other homemade green drinks, there’s no need to clean a juicer or blender when you’re done.
A large bottle of liquid chlorophyll – regardless of brand – won’t set you back more than £20, making this an affordable way to get your greens without having to invest in pricey supplements and superfood powders.