If you have a TikTok account — or a teenager — you may have heard about the latest wellness trend: chlorophyll. A few drops added to water is supposed to treat acne, prevent cancer, detoxify the body and boost energy levels.
That’s a lot of power for a dropperful of green liquid.
Stephanie Grasso, a registered dietitian in Oakton, is a TikTok influencer who recently racked up more than 5.3 million views for a savvy and truthful video on liquid chlorophyll. She explained that there’s little science behind the trend, and it’s probably healthier to just eat leafy greens instead.
“I had to create this video to not only educate, but to show my followers that they do not need to buy expensive supplements to reach their health goals,” Grasso said. She worries that TikTok influences impressionable young people seeking quick fixes. Search for TikTok videos with the #chlorophyll hashtag and you’ll find they’ve racked up more than 200 million views.
What kind of research has been done to spur these health claims, I wondered. Is there any harm from trying this trend? Here’s what I discovered.
What, exactly, are we talking about?Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants. It’s what gives spinach, kale, wheatgrass, spirulina and parsley their green hue.