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Can Chlorophyll Give You Clearer Skin?

After a weekend of imbibing Irish whisky and green beer, I’m switching to a different kind of green drink.
 
Although I’ve done quite a bit of juicing and wheatgrass shooting in my day, I had never heard of liquid chlorophyll until an esthetician mentioned that a few drops added to her morning glass of water has profoundly changed her skin.  Coming from someone whose skin looks like a seventeen-year-old’s—smooth, soft, glowing—that’s saying something. Skincare and makeup can only go so far.
 
A quick biology lesson: Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that harnesses the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. The chlorophyll molecule is chemically similar to human blood except that its central atom is magnesium, whereas human blood’s is iron. This parallel prompted scientists to take a closer look at how chlorophyll might benefit us. The list is long and pretty powerful. Chlorophyll fights free radicals, prevents infection, reduces inflammation and carcinogens, improves oxygen supply, and alleviates bad breath (bonus!). It also helps detoxify the body, removing built-up toxins, which can manifest in skin disorders and damage.
 
If you eat leafy greens—spinach is particularly potent—or powdered green drinks, you’re consuming chlorophyll naturally. If you don’t get enough in your diet, or want even more, try liquid chlorophyll. This concentrated, practically tasteless supplement can be added to water, juice, green tea, a smoothie. I’ve heard great things about this preservative-free, alfalfa-derived version from Nature’s Sunshine. Liquid chlorophyll is also available at many natural supermarkets like Whole Foods. 

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