How Chlorophyll Will Help You Lose Weight
Reading the word “chlorophyll” likely took you straight back to an elementary school science class. But it seems chlorophyll has more uses than just creating energy for plants. Research shows chlorophyll supplements can actually foster weight loss.
What is chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is the green molecule in plants that absorbs sunlight during photosynthesis. It then converts the sunlight into energy. Basically, chlorophyll is what makes plants green, similar to how melanin affects skin color in animals.
Chlorophyll has already been proven to benefit your skin by reducing sun damage, is can work as an acne remedy, and it can help with healing wounds through neutralizing skin bacteria. It has also been found to be a natural deodorant, reducing the symptoms in people with trimethylaminuria, a condition that causes fishy odors. It has a few other benefits, but one of the biggest is that it may be an anticarcinogenic. A study found that chlorophyll may limit the bioavailability of aflatoxins, a compound known to cause cancer.
How can chlorophyll help with weight loss?
A study published in 2014 on PubMed found that taking chlorophyll as a supplement once a day for 12 weeks induced weight loss, improved obesity-related risk factors, and reduced the urge for palatable food.
The study followed 38 women between 40 and 56 years old with a body mass indexes (BMI) ranging between 55-79 lb./ft.(2). The women were randomly chosen to receive a dietary supplement with chlorophyll (5g) or a placebo. This supplement was to be consumed once daily before breakfast for 12 weeks. All participants ate three meals a day with no snacking in between meals. They also had to increase their activity level. Their body weight was tracked every third week. The subjects who took the chlorophyll supplement lost significantly more weight than those who took the placebo. Mean weight loss with the supplement was 11.0 +/- 2.3 lbs. compared to 7.7 +/- 2.3 lbs. without. The supplements were also found to reduce total and LDL-cholesterol and decreased the urge for sweets and chocolate.
Based on this research, it may be possible to lose weight on a chlorophyll supplement.