What do you and your favorite plant have in common? You can both use chlorophyll! While plants use the green pigment in combination with sunlight to make food, your body can use the substance for significant anti-oxidant benefits. Frequent claims of chlorophyll benefit include immune system support, blood-building properties, weight loss support, odor control, skin-healing, energy support, and cancer prevention.
That’s a lot of claims for these little green molecules that manage to support an entire plant population!
The Energy Benefits of Chlorophyll
Ok, so here’s what a study published in the Journal of Science says about chlorophyll and its effects on energy levels:
“Results suggest chlorophyll type molecules modulate mitochondrial ATP by catalyzing the reduction of coenzyme Q, a slow step in mitochondrial ATP synthesis. We propose that through consumption of plant chlorophyll pigments, animals, too, are able to derive energy directly from sunlight.”
Yup, if I fill up on some chlorophyll and sit in the sun like a good plant, my energy levels should theoretically spike up as a result of ATP synthesis. Neat? You bet! But is it real? According to the team behind Chlorophyll Water, many benefits come with ingesting chlorophyll, energy-boosting properties aside.
As Kourtney Kardashian puts it, “Chlorophyll makes me feel like I’m multitasking by staying hydrated while also getting important nutrients my body needs and can’t always get from food.” And we all know Kourtney is the lifestyle guru Kardashian, so I’m kind of sold.
My Experience Trying It
I wanted to see what all the hype was about, so I eschewed my regular water for a day in favor of a few green bottles from Chlorophyll Water. I was a bit taken back by the bright green color, which looks very IG-worthy but unusual for a natural water drink. The hue comes, you guessed it, from chlorophyll.
Quickly scanning the label, I noticed one bottle provides 20% of daily recommended vitamin D, 20% Vitamin A, 40% Vitamin C, and 10% Vitamin B12. Not bad for a bottle of water with 0 calories!
So, how about the taste? I don’t think I was ready for it. I expected regular water, but it’s earthy with a spearmint and citric kick. Not necessarily a bad thing. The first gulp made me pause, but I found myself reaching for it a lot often than I would regular water!
My primary motive here was to see how drinking chlorophyll infused water would affect my energy levels compared to my usual diet soda binges. I fully realize that the caffeine in soda is not a fair competitor to this natural alternative. But I don’t think chlorophyll water falls far from the energy kick I get with soda!
I started the day with the water and found myself drinking three more before four o’clock in the afternoon. I didn’t feel an afternoon energy slump, nor did I feel like I injected myself with an energy drink. It was a business-as-usual kind of day, only without the soda. I felt a LOT more hydrated than usual since I was reaching for the water more often than I would’ve normally. I found the citrus/spearmint taste a bit addictive.
Chlorophyll = Energy?
I’m not sure if it was the chlorophyll or if I psychologically fooled myself into thinking I’m functioning like an energizer bunny, but I felt like I performed on par with my typically caffeine-infused self.
The extra vitamins in the water didn’t hurt, and the hydration kick made my day healthier! Would I opt for this water alternative on an everyday basis? Most definitely. I struggle with consuming enough water throughout the day, so this is the perfect alternative.