Five Incredible Benefits of Liquid Chlorophyll
Plus a note from Michelle at the end.
You may remember chlorophyll from your Biology class as the green pigment found in plants that is responsible for photosynthesis. However, liquid chlorophyll also comes with an array of potential health benefits for humans. In this blog post, we’ll introduce BeBamBu’s first vegan product and explain some of its most sought-after benefits.
Most liquid chlorophylls are actually “chlorophyllin” – a derivative of the plant-based chlorophyll which possesses a copper atom instead of magnesium. This alteration occurs because natural chlorophyll is quickly destroyed by the human body's digestive process. BeBamBu’s Pura Verde liquid chlorophyll does not include any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
The potential benefits of liquid chlorophyll include:
1. Skin Healing and Acne-Fighting
Wendy Rowe, author of Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out, relates that: “Chlorophyll works to purify the blood; when the blood is cleaner, it is better equipped to protect the body and it also helps to carry oxygen around the body more efficiently, which has the external effect of fresher, healthier looking skin.”
This is due to chlorophyll’s detoxifying properties, which help to combat the damage to our cells, leading to its incorporation into topical ointments. A 2014 study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, assessed the benefit of using a topical chlorophyll as part of several phototherapy treatments on 24 patients with acne. Over a 30-day period, researchers applied both phototherapy and chlorophyll to one side of the patient’s face, while applying only phototherapy treatments to the other side. The study concluded that although both forms of treatments yielded a reduction in the number of blemishes, there was a much more significant improvement on the side of the face which utilised chlorophyll alongside phototherapy than the side of the face which received phototherapy alone.
2. Blood Building
In addition to its skin-healing properties, research also suggests that liquid chlorophyll may be helpful in treating hemoglobin deficiency disorders, such as anaemia and thalassemia, as well as maintaining general blood cell production and cardiovascular health.
Chlorophyll has a similar chemical composition to haemoglobin, an essential protein found in red blood cells which helps to carry oxygen around the body. Some studies suggest that supplementation with chlorophyll may help increase levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit within the body, while it has also been proven to stimulate bone marrow increasing the production of red blood cells to help treat and reduce symptoms of anaemia.
3. Cancer Prevention
Chlorophyll has a similar chemical composition to haemoglobin, an essential protein found in red blood cells which helps to carry oxygen around the body. Some studies suggest that supplementation with chlorophyll may help increase levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit within the body, while it has also been proven to stimulate bone marrow increasing the production of red blood cells to help treat and reduce symptoms of anemia. of chlorophyllin per day compared to the participants who received three placebo pills. Since the Qidong trial, various other studies have corroborated chlorophyll’s natural utility in reducing the bioavailability of harmful carcinogens within the human body, as well as its speculative potential to help prevent the formation of tumours in animal studies – including the growth of lung cancer in mice and colon cancer in rats.
4. Weight Management
Both chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have also been used in dietary practices as they possess a marked effect on controlling appetite. This works by regulating the body’s hunger hormones, helping to reduce overall food intake and maintain a healthy goal weight. Another 2013, study found that chlorophyll was helpful in satiating feelings of hunger and in preventing the typical drop in blood sugar levels that often occurs 90 minutes after eating.
While chlorophyll is not a dietary supplement in and of itself, incorporating its liquid form into your everyday diet may help in staving off hunger cravings to help the weight loss process much more manageable.
5. Immunity Booster
Liquid Chlorophyll is high in vitamins K, C, E, A, which help to carry out an array of bodily functions such as blood clotting, maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, aiding in healthy vision, and promoting the turn-over of new skin cells.
While these vitamins can also be sourced from chlorophyll-laden foods such as wheatgrass, alfalfa, kale, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage, the water-solubility of liquid chlorophyll means these nutrients can be absorbed quickly into the body – making it a much more direct method of incorporating vitamins into your diet than many denser, food-based products.
Song, Byong Han et al. “Photodynamic therapy using chlorophyll-a in the treatment of acne vulgaris: a randomized, single-blind, split-face study.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology vol. 71,4 (2014): 764-71. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2014.05.047
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6. Johan de Vogel, Denise S. M. L. Jonker-Termont, Martijn B. Katan, Roelof van der Meer, Natural Chlorophyll but Not Chlorophyllin Prevents Heme-Induced Cytotoxic and Hyperproliferative Effects in Rat Colon, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 135, Issue 8, August 2005, Pages 1995–2000, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/135.8.1995
Stenblom, Eva-Lena et al. “Supplementation by thylakoids to a high carbohydrate meal decreases feelings of hunger, elevates CCK levels and prevents postprandial hypoglycaemia in overweight women.” Appetite vol. 68 (2013): 118-23. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2013.04.022
In all honesty, the reason I wanted to add Liquid Chlorophyll to our line of products (it’s not collagen, so Why Puma Verde?) …
I’ve experimented with giving this to the kids, for years. The very first week, I noticed something strange, they both looked prettier! My kids are pretty, but they actually looked more 'classically attractive' (mother’s pride aside). So I experimented and can 100% say it’s this plant blood.
I’ve recommended that former personal training clients take it, for non superficial reasons and guess what? SAME THING! You know who you are! Is it the calming effects of the magnesium? The alkaline balancing? And no, it wasn’t only because I was taking it and it just improved my eyesight … I really did experiment extensively!
So for the rest of this month, any non Pura Verde orders will arrive with a sample bottle of the stuff, for you to try yourself. I’d love to hear what you think, post (social media) or send us pictures. Can I legitimately call it Pura Pretty? I would never do that … it’s SO much more … this liquid is impossible to ignore.