Chlorophyll water has been gaining popularity since 2016, when touted its health and beauty benefits. TikTokers claim in that it can help treat acne and inflamed skin, lessen body odor, prevent cancer, and support gut health. The most popular TikToks ― which have garnered 1.5 to 2 million “likes” to date ― promote chlorophyll water’s transformative effects on the skin. In the videos, TikTokers show their skin’s progress over chlorophyll drops to water rather than applying chlorophyll topically or swallowing a chlorophyll pill.
“Drinking liquid chlorophyll seems to hit on people’s intuitions about naturalness and purity because you are taking water and adding something that comes from plants, which are instinctively viewed as pure,” noted , a professor of psychology at Occidental College. It is also easier to swallow chlorophyll than cook green vegetables or exercise. After all, these health-boosting activities “take more effort, or we might not have the resources to purchase the materials or That said, don’t expect it to be the cure to do them,” Shtulman said. are making it sound. Like most things about your well-being, there isn’t one magical solution or a quick fix.
Does liquid chlorophyll benefit the skin?
First, it is essential to remember that dietary supplements do not go under any Food and Drug Administration approval, said , a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington.
“Anyone can make all kinds of claims about chlorophyll supplements,” said Simon, so approach cautiously when you see them on your TikTok “For You” page.
To assess the actual effectiveness of liquid chlorophyll, you need to look at chlorophyllin, a semi-synthetic form of chlorophyll found in liquid chlorophyll that is different from the natural contained in plants, Simon said. This form allows it to be mixed into .
However, the limited number of on chlorophyllin’s effect on skin focus on topical application instead of ingestion, and these studies involve only ten people or fewer.
Board-certified dermatologist emphasized that better research is needed to uncover the benefits of using topical or liquid chlorophyll supplements.
She did note that chlorophyll may benefit the skin because “its antioxidant properties help with anti-aging and it also has anti-inflammatory properties to help treat acne” — but again, research remains limited.
Ultimately, Park advised against relying on chlorophyll as your sole antioxidant or acne treatment. And you can reap the benefits of natural chlorophyll by , drinking matcha, or consuming spirulina, Simon said.
Does liquid chlorophyll offer other health benefits?
Existing studies are still regarding drinking liquid chlorophyll for other health reasons. Some claim it can do everything from reducing body odor to preventing types of cancer, but there’s no solid evidence to suggest this is true.
A study on mice found that drinking chlorophyllin mixed with water may the gut microbiome. But Simon said this doesn’t provide enough evidence to it to her clients to boost their gut health.
Is liquid chlorophyll safe?
After drinking chlorophyll water, you may experience side effects like . Some experience an allergic reaction or have stomach cramps, prompting some medical help.
Drinking chlorophyll water isn’t likely to damage your skin, Park said. But it is still unclear whether chlorophyllin has other adverse impacts on your body when you use it long-term since the only safety data currently exists is for taking , Simon said.
And for pregnant or breastfeeding, does not yet exist, Simon said. If you , your doctor will likely advise you to avoid drinking chlorophyllin during these periods. You may also be advised to avoid it if you take medications that increase your sensitivity to sunlight, like some antidepressants or blood pressure medication, as chlorophyllin can . If you’re really into trying chlorophyll, talk to your doctor first. But honestly? There are other, more well-proven ways to boost your health.