Chlorophyll – Easy, Inexpensive, Tasty and Healthy

chlorophyllChlorophyll is a natural substance in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and convert it into energy. It provides the green color of grasses, leaves and vegetables. In human blood cells, hemoglobin carries oxygen to tissues.  Hemoglobin and chlorophyll are similar structures except that the center of hemoglobin is iron and the center of chlorophyll is magnesium. When we take in chlorophyll from plants or from supplements, we not only increase the oxygen in our blood, we increase magnesium as well – a critical nutrient for overall health and wellbeing.

Something everyone should know is that liquid ChlorOxygen can be used as a green dye without the toxins of green dye! Put it in your Saint Patrick’s Day Beer (not only to look festive, but to decrease your hangover), and add to cookie dough or frosting.

The reason chlorophyll has been made into a supplement is because chlorophyll (and its magnesium center) is destroyed by heating and is hard to access from raw foods. Quick blanching is the best way to make the chlorophyll more accessible for absorption into the body without breaking it down completely. You will notice with quick blanching that the green becomes brighter in vegetables, and boiling until soft makes the green look gray and lifeless. The food with the highest amount of chlorophyll is wheat grass as it is concentrated when made into a juice.

As a physician, my absolute favorite way to prescribe chlorophyll for vitality, energy, longevity and disease prevention is not in a capsule, but as a liquid form.

My favorite brand is ChlorOxygen (Herbs Etc.). This is a tincture made from Stinging Nettle leaves (often used to treat allergies). The one that is mint flavored tastes like tea when placed in water, and tastes like sweet tea when liquid Lemon drop Stevia (Sweetleaf Company) is added to it. One full dropper, 18 drops, is equivalent to 50 mg of chlorophyll. If you use 6 droppers daily, it is equal to the amount of chlorophyll in ½ cup of broccoli.

The benefits of chlorophyll are:

  • Increase in energy
  • Alkalinizes the body, thereby preventing damage to DNA
  • Increases oxygenation of cells and tissues
  • Prevents altitude sickness (shortness of breath, headaches, nausea)
  • Natural deodorizer at high dosages
  • Provides oxygen singlets that quench free radicals

Due to the benefits, chlorophyll acts as an:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Deodorizer
  • Chelator
  • Anti-Carcionogen
  • Anti-Atherogenic

The side effects of chlorophyll are:

  • Green stools (that stop once you stop using the product)

The benefits are many, and the taste is great (but it will stain anything it touches when undiluted).

Many patients say that they drink more water because it makes it taste so good.

The energy it gives is immediately noticed and if you are traveling to high altitudes, don’t forget it as you will not suffer altitude sickness at all if used at high enough dosages.

I suggest putting 3 full droppers to at least 3 glasses/bottles of water daily, more if in higher altitudes.

Adding Lemon Drop Stevia made by Sweet Leaf to make it taste like a sweet iced tea.

Kids love it and, if they are at all like my boys, they have contests to see who’s “poop” gets the greenest.

dr_ramsey_4_15-13_cropDr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness & a weekly guest expert on Arizona's top morning television show, Your Life A to Z, as their Medical Expert since 2007. Dr. Ramsey has been voted as one of Phoenix Magazine's Top Docs by her peers and selected as an health expert. Further, Dr. Ramsey has been voted by the public as the Natural Choice Awards winning Women's Health Specialist for four consecutive years, 2012 – 2015. She elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic & Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Ramsey is a nationally recognized speaker educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease. Her focus in her clinical practice is in Lifestyle and Preventive Aging with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Call for your appointment today: 888.970.0077.

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37 Responses to Chlorophyll – Easy, Inexpensive, Tasty and Healthy

  1. Jude February 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    For high altitudes, to prevent altitude sickness:

    Will it be most effective if I start a couple of weeks before I go?

    Thanks, I am eager to try this.

    Would nettles extract be as effective, or is this product more concentrated?

    • Dr. Ramsey February 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Definitely it will. Give it a good week before you go. Adding other

      botanicals like Nettles is fine, may not be necessary. Take in as many

      water bottles as possible for best effects.

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  2. Dorothy April 18, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I’m having surgery in one week. Is it safe to consume Chlorophyll before surgery? I’ve been told to stop all herbs and vitamins until after surgery.

    • Dr. Ramsey April 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      I agree. Stop all supplements including chlorophyll before surgery.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  3. Adel Angel October 10, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Hello, Mentioned to put 3 droppers per glass of water 8oz? Do you know What’s max dose when dealing with a resistant infection? Appreciate any help. Thank You,Angel

    • Dr. Ramsey November 12, 2013 at 5:04 am #

      No max. It may maybe detoxification will be stronger which can be uncomfortable, but no max. It is a food based product.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  4. Madeline December 4, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Do you know if taking this will help to raise hemoglobin? My midwife suggested I start taking it at 36 weeks gestation as I am having a homebirth.

    • Dr. Ramsey December 4, 2013 at 2:04 am #

      There are no studies that say it increases hemoglobin. Your blood will be more oxygen rich though. You should not lose much blood at all. I had 2 home births and bleeding was minimal. Best to you and your birth!
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  5. Kelly May 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Would it be ok to add this to the same water that I am putting raw, organic apple cider vinegar into? Also, it is safe for a 4 year old?

    • Theresa January 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

      You can!
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  6. Nicole September 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi! I read that since this is a synthetic derivative of chlorophyll the claims of benefits are weak at best. Can to clarify?

    • Theresa January 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      It is not synthetic.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  7. Sandy November 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    My mom has multible myaloma and is on oxygen, she also is low on iron will this help her breath better. She takes iron pills also blood pressure meds,asprin 81mg,cholesterol meds will this work withChlorophyll.

    • Dr. Ramsey November 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Absolutely. It sure won’t hurt.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  8. Ryan March 10, 2015 at 4:49 am #

    I am from jamaica now spending some time in Colorado. ..I am experiencing altitude sickness badly. My heart races even wen im jusitting down. Is this a good supplement and should I take the 1 softgel as stated on label or should I up the dosage. And is there anything else you can recommend?..tThis started a week after ive been here I was ok before.

    • Theresa March 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      It is excellent but you will need much more than the label calls for. Take
      every hour until you stabilize. They have oxygen bars there as well.
      Better yet would be Hyperbaric Oxygen sessions or ozone therapy. You can
      google them with your zip code to find someone close. B12 shots help as
      well. Best of luck to you.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  9. Kelly August 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    I am 33 weeks pregnant and taking 81 mg aspirin daily as well as 10 mg methimazole for hyperthyroidism. Would Chloroxygen still be okay to take?

    • Theresa August 31, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      I suggest that you ask your OB Gyn. I don’t see any harm in it but I am not treating you for your pregnancy.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  10. Melissa November 11, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    What would the dosage be for a 3 year old weighing 33lbs?

    • Theresa November 11, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

      A few drops of chlorophyll for a young child.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  11. marvin November 23, 2015 at 4:15 am #

    My son is 8 ,I would like to start with chlorophyll,can I just give it to him in a dropper,or do you suggest with water added like the world organic chlorophyll re commended

    • Theresa November 24, 2015 at 4:10 am #

      I do suggest diluting it for everyone or else it will stain the teeth green for a full day. I still have some staining in the water but it goes away with brushing.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  12. Eliza April 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    I am having plastic/cosmetic surgery in 4 months. I have been a smoker for 10 years. I am concerned about necrosis. I have chloroxygen soft gels (Herbs Ect) will this help prevent necrosis? I ask because, drs recommend hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments to help with healing after surgery. Will it be similar results if oxygen is being supplied through my blood or only if I am in the chamber? I hope I made sense.

    • Theresa April 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

      Your doctor is very smart. Hyperbaric Oxygen is far superior than any other oxygen delivery form as it is under pressure. We breath 21% oxygen in our air. In the chamber you are under 100% oxygen and it is then placed under pressure. The oxygen then is delivered to the most inflamed body part (incisions) and brings oxygen rich blood to the tissue to prevent necrosis. We have seen necrosis in which the chamber, gratefully returned to normal tissue. I highly suggest you use it as a preventative tool – starting before surgery – then doing them daily after your surgery for about a week.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  13. Jordan October 3, 2016 at 3:19 am #

    Going to be trekking in a place of high altitude (14000ft). Planning to take ChlorOxygen 50mg softgels. How many should I take in preparation before the trip and during the trip? 2 softgels, twice a day? Or more? And when should I start taking before the trip – one week before? Thank you!

    • Theresa October 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

      Yes. Follow the package insert. Without knowing unique health conditions and medications I recommend the manufacturers guidelines.

    • Theresa October 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

      Yes. Follow the package insert. Without knowing unique health conditions and medications I recommend the manufacturers guidelines.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  14. Nancy Friemel January 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    I have some Chlorophyll Complex capsules that are two years old, are they still safet to take or should i just trash them? I cut one open and they are nice and green.

    • Theresa January 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

      I cannot comment about expiration dates except what is printed on the packaging by the manufacturer.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  15. Melinda February 16, 2017 at 1:19 am #

    My boyfriend diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had surgery and it has mets to bones. He is on hormone therapy. Can he take this to improve his immune system and increase blood cells or will the copper in it interact with the hormone therapy

    • Theresa February 16, 2017 at 3:58 am #

      Hormone therapy can mean a lot of things. Typically LHRH agonists are prescribed and that is considered “hormone therapy”. They cause chemical castration and are anti-androgens. If he is on estrogen – which was the original “drug” used to treat prostate cancer than he has a great doc. Since he has mets to the bone using hormone therapy like testosterone is contraindicated, sadly. Best of luck to you on this leg of your journey.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  16. Candy Rhodes March 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    I am on a low carbohydrate life style change. I was just wondering if instead of putting the chlorophyll in water if I could put in in my morning shake instead of water? (The product that I have is Chloroxygen drops)

    • Theresa March 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

      It’s all about personal taste how you take it. Enjoy!
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  17. Jessica Aleman May 12, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    I take it when I get UTIs and swear by it. However, is it normal to feel light headed when drinking too much of it? I want to give some to my daughter that is 5. Want to make sure I give correct amount since I have powder form.

    • Theresa May 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

      Given the nature of this; I would recommend speaking with your PCP as we cannot prescribe or make recommendations of this nature without being seen in the office. Thank you for your understanding.

  18. Gina May 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Will this help with foot and knee surgery, I also have chronic pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. Osteoarthritis and broke tibia and fibula in my leg two years ago just by stepping down what can I use to help my bones.

    • Theresa May 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

      Chlorophyll is very safe except when on blood thinners.
      Broken bones are caused by estrogen deficiency in menopause.
      The prevention of broken bones is to replace estrogen.
      Once estrogen is optimized bones return to normal bone density within 2 years in most men and women.
      I hope this helps!

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