Is Chlorophyll Good for Anemia? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chlorophyll is good for anemia. Because it has magnesium and copper, and they can help in the production and quality of red blood cells.

Anemia is a condition that affects your blood.

In anemia, your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weakness, pale skin, and shortness of breath1.

One of the key factors in managing anemia is diet.

What you consume can affect your hemoglobin levels and red blood cell production, which can impact your anemia symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage anemia, you should consume iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid rich foods like spinach, red meat, and citrus fruits and avoid tannin-rich foods like coffee and certain teas.

Now, chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants.

People usually consume it through green vegetables or as a supplement.

Chlorophyll is good for anemia because it contains magnesium and is chemically similar to hemoglobin.

It may aid in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia, although research on the topic is limited.

1 teaspoon (5mL) of a liquid chlorophyll supplement can give you 15 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 5 mg of sodium, 4 mg of copper, and 100 mg of chlorophyll.

Magnesium can positively affect anemia by contributing to the production of red blood cells6Copper can positively affect anemia as it is essential for iron metabolism.

Furthermore, chlorophyll is a supplement and supplements are good for anemia because they can provide concentrated nutrients that may be lacking in the diet.

You can take 1 teaspoon (5mL) of chlorophyll supplement per day safely. More than that can cause diarrhea, loose stools, and stomach cramps.

Also, you shouldn’t take chlorophyll supplements if you have allergies to any of its components to prevent allergic reactions.

Because some individuals may be sensitive to the ingredients in the supplements.

You can buy chlorophyll supplements online as well as offline.

To buy it online, there are many brands and marketplaces to choose from.

But as a nutritionist, I recommend brands that have been tested by a trusted third party, such as USP, ConsumerLab, or NSF.

Because third-party testing can ensure the quality and safety of the supplement5.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with anemia effectively.

I always recommend my anemia patients to follow an anemia-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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