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Buying chlorophyll water is a new consumer trend

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First, there was vitamin water. Then, there was alkaline water. And now, people are going “green” with their H2O. Literally. “Chlorophyll water” is hot. There are also supplements or drops that you can add to drinks.

That’s what Chalk Point Kitchen Restaurant owner Matt Levine does.

He takes cucumber, mint and water, mixes it together, then adds a hit of liquid chlorophyll. He says the drink has been a real hit. “Customers are actually now requesting it; the word and buzz is getting out.”

The green, healthy-looking concoction at Chalk Point keeps customer Angela Kote coming back. She says, “I’m not the healthiest eater, so for me anytime I can kind of get something into my diet that I like the taste of, it’s always a great thing.”

Is there a real benefit to guzzling green? Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Sonya Angelone is a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She explains, “Scientists have looked at the benefits of chlorophyll for over 50 years. They have found it to be safe and they found that chlorophyll actually has a lot of benefits to humans.”

Kote says chlorophyll helps heal wounds and is great for your skin. The biggest benefit, she says, is that research shows chlorophyll may be a potent cancer fighter. “Basically what chlorophyll does is it can bind with cancer-causing chemicals and it can interfere with their absorption in the gastrointestinal tract so then they're not able to get into the blood stream and travel to different organs and tissues,” Angelone explains.

Not into drinking green liquid or popping another supplement? Angelone says you can get chlorophyll in your diet just by eating five to seven servings of green vegetables a day.

Angela wants to boost the healthy stuff in her diet, so she has added chlorophyll supplements. “Just knowing that it does have a lot of antioxidants, and it’s good for my health, it makes me feel good.”

Always talk to your doctor before adding any kind of new supplement to your diet.

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