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24th March 2016
Anthia Koullouros

Chlorophyll is one of those buzzwords going around in natural health circles, with promises like “it cleans your blood” “it clears your skin” “you’ll be more resilient to heart disease” “it helps hunger cravings” and more.

But according to naturopath Anthia Koullouros, you’re better off eating your greens than taking a chlorophyll supplement.

The first time I heard about chlorophyll was in primary school. We were learning about photosynthesis in plants. Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants and algae their green color.

It’s been touted over the years to be an important detoxifying supplement, “if you’re green inside, you’re clean inside” but in fact very little research has been performed on the health benefits of pure chlorophyll, primarily due to its expense and the difficulty involved in purifying it.

Some studies have shown that chlorophyll has anti-mutagenic properties that may prevent early inflammatory changes in the development of cancer.

Chlorophyll and chlorophyllin were able to form tight molecular complexes with certain chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer. These include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in tobacco smoke, some heterocyclic amines found in cooked meat and aflatoxin-B1. Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals that are produced by certain moulds, which can grow in soil or hay or improperly stored grains and seeds. It is proposed that the binding of chlorophyll or chlorophyllin to these potential carcinogens may interfere with gastrointestinal absorption of potential carcinogens, reducing the amount that reaches susceptible tissues.

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