The Proven Benefits of Drinking Chlorophyll Water: A Scholarly Review

The Proven Benefits of Drinking Chlorophyll Water: A Scholarly Review

Chlorophyll Water, a beverage infused with the pigment responsible for the green color in plants, has gained popularity for its purported health benefits. This review synthesizes current research to elucidate the scientifically proven benefits of chlorophyll water consumption. Key areas of interest include its antioxidant properties, potential anticancer effects, wound healing capabilities, detoxification benefits, and impact on weight loss and body odor.


Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, plays a crucial role in photosynthesis. Recently, chlorophyll water, a solution of chlorophyllin (a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll), has been marketed for various health benefits. This review evaluates scientific evidence to determine the validity of these claims.

Antioxidant Properties

One of the most well-documented benefits of chlorophyll and its derivatives is their antioxidant capacity. Antioxidants are crucial in neutralizing free radicals, thereby preventing cellular damage. Research has shown that chlorophyllin exhibits significant antioxidant activity, comparable to other well-known antioxidants like vitamins C and E . A study by Ferruzzi and Blakeslee (2007) indicated that chlorophyllin could inhibit lipid peroxidation, a process that can lead to cell damage and contribute to various diseases .

Anticancer Effects

The anticancer properties of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin have been a subject of interest. Studies suggest that chlorophyllin can bind to potential carcinogens, such as heterocyclic amines produced during cooking meat at high temperatures, and prevent them from being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract . Research conducted by McQuistan et al. (2012) found that chlorophyllin significantly reduced the incidence of liver cancer in trout exposed to aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen . Additionally, there is evidence that chlorophyllin can induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells, thereby inhibiting cancer progression .

Wound Healing Capabilities

Topical application of chlorophyll derivatives has been traditionally used in wound healing. Recent studies confirm that chlorophyllin possesses wound-healing properties. A clinical trial demonstrated that ointments containing chlorophyllin significantly accelerated wound healing in patients with chronic wounds compared to standard treatment . This effect is attributed to chlorophyllin’s ability to reduce inflammation and promote granulation tissue formation.

Detoxification Benefits

Chlorophyllin is known for its detoxifying effects, particularly in binding and eliminating heavy metals and other toxins from the body. A study by Kamat et al. (2000) highlighted that chlorophyllin could form complexes with toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, and lead, facilitating their excretion and reducing their toxic impact . Furthermore, chlorophyllin has been shown to enhance liver function, thereby improving the body's natural detoxification processes .

Weight Loss and Body Odor Reduction

There is emerging evidence that chlorophyll water can aid in weight management. A study conducted by Kong et al. (2014) found that dietary supplementation with chlorophyllin resulted in reduced body weight and food intake in overweight women, potentially due to its effects on appetite regulation . Additionally, chlorophyllin has been reported to reduce body odor by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria and neutralizing odor molecules .


The consumption of chlorophyll water is supported by a growing body of scientific evidence pointing to its various health benefits. Its antioxidant properties, anticancer potential, wound healing capabilities, detoxification benefits, and positive effects on weight loss and body odor make chlorophyll water a promising supplement. However, more extensive clinical trials are necessary to fully understand its efficacy and safety in humans.


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