How Often Should I Take Chlorophyll?

High quality chlorophyll preparations

For those days when you don't have any green leafy vegetables in the house, chlorophyll-rich food supplements are a good alternative, e.g. B. barley grass powder, chlorella and spirulina.

Barley grass, chlorella and spirulina

The three green powders, which are also available as tablets (tabs), can be easily integrated into everyday life (stir into smoothies, shakes or juices or simply swallow as tabs). Of course, they not only contain chlorophyll, but also many other vital substances, such as carotenoids, iron, zinc, B vitamins, folate and numerous secondary plant substances.

The Barley grass powder of effective nature contains, for example, 75 mg of chlorophyll per daily dose (15 g).

Chlorella is a microalga whose name already indicates its high chlorophyll content. Chlorella powder or tabs can contain around 2000 mg of chlorophyll per 100 g, which corresponds to 100 to 140 mg of chlorophyll for a daily dose of 5 to 7 g.

Spirulina is usually also referred to as micro or blue-green algae, but actually belongs to the cyanobacteria. Spirulina powder or tabs can contain around 1500 mg of chlorophyll per 100 g. If you take 5 g of spirulina daily, that's 75 mg of chlorophyll alone from this small amount.

Chlorophyll drops

Chlorophyll drops have a particularly high and safe chlorophyll content. Make sure that the drops do not contain any other ingredients (apart from water and natural chlorophyll). It should also be natural chlorophyll (e.g. from alfalfa), not synthetic copper chlorophyll (see next section). The latter is considered to have a longer shelf life, but the shelf life of natural chlorophyll is sufficient (even without preservatives) if it has been carefully manufactured and filled in dark glass bottles.

A daily dose of chlorophyll drops from effective nature (60 drops) provides 200 mg of chlorophyll, which is at least as much as 200 g of spinach.

Chlorophyll as a tablet or dragee

As a conventional tablet or dragee, it is better not to take chlorophyll. Conventional tablets should not be confused with the tabs mentioned above, which are made from spirulina, chlorella or barley grass. These tabs are actually tablets that do not contain any additives and are therefore harmless. For tabs, the respective raw material is simply pressed together firmly under high pressure.

Conventional tablets or dragees, however, contain a large number of completely superfluous additives that are only necessary so that the tablet sticks together or the dragee has a nice color, tastes good and has a smooth surface (the latter so that it can be swallowed easily).

The list of ingredients of well-known chlorophyll coated tablets that are sold against bad breath and body odor looks like this, for example:

Mentha piperita (peppermint oil), lactose (milk sugar), silicon dioxide, quinoline yellow (E104), povidone (stabilizer), chlorophyllin-copper complex, sucrose (sugar), gum arabic, indigo carmine (E132), talc, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate, carnauba wax , Shellac, cellulose powder, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, oleum rizini (castor oil), titanium dioxide (E171).

The dragees contain only 20 mg of the semi-synthetic copper chlorophyllin per piece, so you would have to take 10 pieces a day to get the chlorophyll dose from the drops mentioned above (which contain natural chlorophyll). But then the dragee pack would be used up after just 4 days.

Normally, chlorophyll itself - as explained above - is used as a color in the food industry. In order to color said chlorophyll dragees green, however, two additional dyes are apparently necessary: ​​quinoline yellow and indigo carmine (blue), which when mixed produce green. Perhaps it is because of the low chlorophyll content that help is needed here. Both colors are artificial colors that are suspected of having harmful effects on health.

Apart from the fact that it also contains sugar in the form of sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar), the recipe contains titanium dioxide, which we report on in detail in our corresponding article (see previous link).

How best to consume chlorophyll

This is how you can consume as much chlorophyll as possible:

  1. For salads, use deep green vegetables such as spinach, celery, cress, many herbs (parsley, chives, dill, basil, etc.) and wild vegetables such as B. dandelion, plantain, sorrel, purslane and many more.
  2. Replace one meal or snack a day with a green smoothie. A green smoothie can also be made without sweet fruit and instead with an avocado and a little herbal salt. Slightly warmed, it becomes an extremely vitalizing soup with all the chlorophyll benefits you could wish for. In summer you don't need to warm up and get a delicious cold soup (gazpacho).
  3. If you are missing fresh herbs or vegetables for your smoothie, you can also use herbal powders such as B. dandelion powder, broccoli powder, spinach powder, nettle powder, etc. (However, the powders should be produced without exposure to heat (freeze-dried) - ask the manufacturer!). As you can see in the table above for the chlorophyll content of the food, the chlorophyll content drops noticeably when drying, even if the vegetables are freeze-dried (i.e. without the use of heat).
  4. Juice green vegetables, wheatgrass or barley grass as often as possible. Alternatively, you can use wheatgrass or barley grass in powder form, drink it mixed in water or juice or mix it in dressings or soups or raw food biscuits.
  5. Take spirulina or chlorella regularly - about 5 grams per day.
  6. Or, as explained above, you can take chlorophyll drops that you can add to water or dressings.


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