Chlorophylline, Chlorophylline de Cuivre Sodique, Chlorophylline de Sodium et Cuivre, Clorofilina, Sel Cuprique de la Chlorophylle, Sodium Copper Chlorophyll, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin.


Overview Information

Chlorophyllin is a chemical that is made from chlorophyll. It is sometimes used as medicine.

Some people use chlorophyllin for body odor, urinary odor, reducing the smell of bowel movements, bad breath, cancer, acne, and skinwrinkles from sun damage, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods and cosmetics, chlorophyllin is used as a green coloring agent.

Don't confuse chlorophyllin with chlorophyll.

How does it work?

Chlorophyllin seems to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It might also stop the body from absorbing certain chemicals that can increase a person's risk for cancer.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

  • Urinary odor. Research shows that taking chlorophyllin by mouth doesn't reduce urinary odor in older adults who have a urinary catheter.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Acne. Early research shows that applying a gel containing chlorophyllin to the face might improve acne by a small amount.
  • Low white blood cell count (leukopenia). Early research shows that taking chlorophyllin by mouth might improve white blood cell counts in people with leukopenia.
  • Skinwrinkles from sun damage. Early research shows that applying a gel containing chlorophyllin to the face might improve the appearance of wrinkles by a small amount.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chlorophyllin for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Chlorophyllin is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth daily for up to 3 months. It might make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chlorophyllin is safe. It might make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chlorophyllin is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for CHLOROPHYLLIN Interactions.



The appropriate dose of chlorophyllin depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chlorophyllin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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