Food and Recipes Veggies Greens Don't Swallow Chlorophyll, Just Eat Your Greens Grumpy debunks another plant-based fad. By Steve Bender Steve Bender Steve Bender, also known as The Grumpy Gardener, is an award-winning author, editor, columnist, and speaker with nearly 40 years experience as Garden Editor, Senior Writer, and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living. Southern Living's editorial guidelines Updated on December 12, 2022 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Jillian is a freelance writer, editor and fact-checker with 10 years of editorial experience in the lifestyle genre. In addition to fact-checking for Southern Living, Jillian works on multiple verticals across Dotdash-Meredith, including TripSavvy, The Spruce, and Travel + Leisure. brand's fact checking process Share Tweet Pin Email Is there any substance on the face of the Earth that when swallowed as a dietary supplement won't allow you to run a four-minute mile at age 90, recite the Greek alphabet backwards with ease, and help you sleep eight hours every night? One look down the vitamin and supplement aisles of grocery stores would tell you apparently not. It makes me think some folks start the day with a bowl of pills and capsules instead of cereal. Be sure to add only non-fat, non-GMO, organic, lactose-free milk! One such supplement is chlorophyll water. Among the claimed benefits of this magical liquid are increased energy, better digestion, detoxification of the liver (Great! Now I can drink even more beer!), and, of course, the mandatory fleet of life-preserving antioxidants that slow aging and prevent disease. Wow! I must get to the bottom of this right away. First, though, let's review the role of chlorophyll in the world. It's the molecule in the leaves of plants that takes light from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and water from the ground to make a sugar called glucose that feeds those plants. I remember my college Biology professor stating that the genesis of the chlorophyll molecule was the most important event in the history of life of Earth. Without it, life more complicated than bacteria couldn't exist. There'd be nothing for animals to eat and no oxygen to breathe. Chlorophyll by itself isn't water soluble, so it's unclear how much is absorbed from pills. Supplement manufacturers seemingly escape this problem by replacing magnesium in the chlorophyll with copper to make a synthetic, water-soluble product called chlorophyllin. Mix chlorophyllin with water and you get (Ta-Da!) chlorophyll water, the essence of human health. WATCH: The Best Way to Cook Collards Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch But Wait A Second All leafy green vegetables contain chlorophyll. They'd starve if they didn't. Even red and purple leaves have it. The green chlorophyll is simply masked by other plant pigments like anthocyanins that have their own anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorophyll is fat-soluble, so if your diet contains healthy fats, you'll absorb it. Therefore, why spend a lot of money on stuff like chlorophyll water? Just eat lots of green vegetables like spinach, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green peas, green beans, green pepper, and celery. In additional to chlorophyll, these veggies provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Or does that make too much sense? Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for my green tea capsule, cider vinegar capsule, and tap water capsule. No crazy stuff for me. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Southern Living is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. The University of Texas. 6 Things to know about chlorophyll. April 21, 2021.