Nature provides humans with healing materials for so many of our health issues. It even provides a substance that can help to naturally deodorize our bodies.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment present in plants and algae. It allows plants to absorb sunlight, which is then used in the plant’s photosynthesis process that converts light energy into chemical energy. Evidence shows that chlorophyll is not only crucial to plant life, but that it can be beneficial for human health, as well.
To access the benefits of chlorophyll, supplements containing sodium copper chlorophyll, a sodium/copper derivative of chlorophyll, have been developed for human use. This chlorophyll can usually be found as a liquid or gelcap supplement. Sodium copper chlorophyll is water soluble, making it more absorbable than chlorophyll.
A study published in 1980 in the USA looked at the health benefits of chlorophyll in the care of geriatric hospital patients. The patients were given 100 mg of chlorophyll in chlorophyll form each day. After two weeks, chlorophyll was shown to help in controlling body and fecal odors.1 Patients also experienced a reduction in chronic constipation, with some additionally experiencing relief from flatulence. Some decrease in urinary odor was also noted. Based on these observations, chlorophyll is often recommended for patients with colostomies and incontinence to reduce related odors.2
An earlier observational study by Dr. Frank Westcott in the 1950’s, suggested that chlorophyll could be beneficial to reducing bad breath as well as body odor.3
It is believed that chlorophyll may have detoxifying properties within the body. Chlorophyll has also been shown to be a more powerful antioxidant than beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.4
If you’re seeking to “freshen up”, consider a chlorophyll supplement with over 100 mg per dose. Look for a clean chlorophyll source from non-GMO alfalfa, extracted by super-critical processes without heat. Liquid chlorophyll can be taken diluted in water, juice, smoothies or yogurt.