You probably remember learning about chlorophyll in science class during grade school: it’s the stuff that makes leaves (and some vegetables) green. However, there’s more to it than you might have previously thought – including the health benefits of consuming it.
For example, the green pigment found naturally and in supplements can potentially boost your energy and help fight off sickness, according to Medical News Today. Let’s explore more details about chlorophyll, and whether to consider adding more of it to your diet…
What Is Chlorophyll?
This pigment present in green plants is important to ensure plants get the nutrients they need. However, plants also need sunlight for this mechanism to work. In other words, chlorophyll helps plants get energy from sunlight (a process known as photosynthesis).
WebMD notes that there are two types of this natural compound (type A and B), and they’re both fat-soluble (meaning consuming it with some healthy fats during a meal can help your body metabolize it). The source also notes the compound is a natural antioxidant, which is associated with disease prevention.