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Another day, another dubious trend of TikTok! The app has gone from pasta cheese and fake cereals to tackling the wellness industry. The cure for all: chlorophyll. The thing that makes spinach green and helps plants photosynthesize – something you learned in high school – is now TikTok’s coolest pigment. People claim that the addition of 15 (fifteen!) drops of natural green liquid to your morning glass of water will increase energy levels, clear the skin, help lose weight and even reduce body odor. It’s a natural, attractive green color and will allow me to finally turn off my Dove deodorant for a refined natural? I’m in.
After watching a selection of Why I Love Chlorophyll videos on my page for you, I went to Amazon to order some chlorophyll pigment for myself. But – horror! Prime is sold out. It is clear that Bezos is not in TikTok, otherwise he would know how to stock up. Instead, I borrowed an extra bottle of the magic liquid from a friend who had beaten me in the trend.
I followed the rules of T. Of course, not much. I poured myself a glass of cold water, added the pigment, and watched my clear drink begin to look like an unpleasant pond. I brought it to my mouth and was greeted by a horrible, dusty, sweaty smell? I grabbed a metal straw to make sure the smell didn’t distract me. It tasted a little mint, a little dirty and a lot like water.
After a week of chlorophyll-water in the morning, I would like to have an innovative experience to share, but I don’t. Nor do I have anything so negative to say. I I think Did I feel a little more energetic? I definitely used the bathroom more and it was definitely a little green – take this as you wish. I have quite unproblematic skin, so I didn’t see much change there. But then drinking more water will always be good for your skin, chlorophyll or not. In terms of body odor too I think I smelled a little better than usual after a hot yoga workout – but again, could it all be a placebo? Maybe it has something to do with the mood to influence the health I acquired.
Unable to accept my own results at face value, I turned to medical professionals to understand their understanding. Dermatologist Dr. Azade Shirazi, @skinbydrazi of TikTok, confirmed my skepticism – chlorophyll drops are not bad for you, but there is not much evidence that they are great for you.
“Although it has been shown to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth in the skin, there is very little evidence that drinking it will actually improve acne,” explained Dr. Shirazi. “Some small studies have found that topical chlorophyll formulations are helpful in reducing breakouts.”
Maybe TikTok has a mistake and we need to start putting chlorophyll on our face? I will lead this trend if you all promise to follow it. The skin care component is clear, but how about all the amazing internal health benefits that were promised to me?
According to Dr. Raj Kandawanam, there are some studies that show that the pigment helps in weight loss and even wound healing, but again … not much. He also said that chlorophyll stops mutagenic cells, especially in the colon, and can therefore help reduce the chances of cancer. Although Dr. Kandawanam warns that overconsumption can cause photosensitivity and diarrhea, the doctor is ultimately here for it. “I believe this is a positive trend because the benefits easily outweigh the risks,” said Dr. Kandavanam. He offered a teaspoon a day with a glass of water.
After all, it doesn’t matter if chlorophyll clears your skin or stops you from smelling bad – teens drink more water and talk about gut health! Maybe all this was just a trick to make Gen-Zers excited about their health and well-being? Either way, this one feels like a victory for TikTok. You know, go to your doctor for health advice before you go to your social show.