While we’ve all (unfortunately) heard of asparagus water as well as the Kim Kardashian-recommended celery juice, one you may not have heard of yet is Chlorophyll water, so keep your eyes open at your local yoga studio. This may be the next big green-themed water, so let’s take a look at what it is exactly.
While the word “chlorophyll” may take you back to Biology 101 days, you may need a refresher on just what that is. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that is found in plants, which absorbs light during the process of photosynthesis.
Sarah Marjoram, MS, RDN, and nutrition consultant for Jamba explains: “Nutritionally speaking, chlorophyll is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.” Typically, you would get your chloro-phyll (get it??) while eating leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, and wheatgrass. However, it’s important to note that: “In its natural state, chlorophyll cannot dissolve in water because it’s considered fat soluble,” explains Marjoram.
That means that chlorophyll water is actually composed of chlorphyllin, chlorophyll’s semi-synthetic cousin, which is created with sals and natural chlorophyll.
So what are the benefits of this green-hued drink? Actress Mandy Moore touts that she drinks it for her gut health. Chlorophyll Water, a brand that specializes in the drink, claims that it is a good source of vitamins C, A, and D. Marjoram continues: “there are claims that it can detoxify, fight odor, heal wounds, energize you, and fight cancer. Most of the claims stem from it being a great source of antioxidants, which generally speaking, promote health and fight disease.”
Holistic health and recipe coach Luli Gamburd says: “When I started to incorporate Chlorophyll Water first thing in the morning, I immediately felt a difference in my energy levels as well as an overall sense of hydration, which is so important to set the tone for the rest of the day. Over time, I also noticed my skin tone improving as well as my blemishes diminishing, which made me feel amazing from the inside out.”
While many rave about chlorophyll water’s benefits, Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, and LD, says there simply is not enough science to back these claims up. She says: “At this point, there’s just not enough evidence to support it. 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.”
So what do you think, will you try it out?