Even someone who loves their greens probably has a hard time loving chlorophyll. Every time I take a shot I feel like I’m eating someone’s front lawn. We’re constantly hearing about the benefits, however, and the chlorophyll trend has also received a lot attention because of celebs like Hannah Bronfman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Reese Witherspoon who swear it helps invigorate them and boost skin radiance. This all led me to wonder whether this so-called green superfood really lives up to its hype so I consulted with physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy.
“Chlorophyll has many health benefits. It has antioxidant properties, restorative abilities and helps balance the system. It is a pigment found in plants that has multiple vitamins and antioxidants as well as essential fatty acids. It has a molecular structure similar to hemoglobin and performs the same function in the body as hemoglobin. As such, it helps with tissue healing and maintenance of the body’s organs. It also helps in digestive health and the immune system.”
Digestive health is always a key word for me because it’s so important for not only weight loss but skin health. Clearly chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant with strong detoxifying properties, it’s also said to work as a cleanser capable of flushing heavy metals out of the body. The best way to drink it is in pure form as a shot (most health food stores sell these), but if you can’t get passed the taste (it’s a serious challenge!) there’s a ready-to-drink chlorophyll beverage called Verday that makes it easier to reap the benefits. It comes in five flavors: coconut, lemongrass and ginger, cucumber, watermelon, and blueberry. One bottle is equal to two shots of wheatgrass, 12 cups of arugula and four cups of spinach (it’s the only ready-to-drink chlorophyll beverage).
Another option is to blend your chlorophyll shot into a smoothie or – my favorite – pour it over some Halo Top ice cream:)