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Will Chlorophyll Capsules Make Underarms Smell Sweet?

A reader has found that taking supplemental chlorophyll eliminates underarm and other body odor.
Will Chlorophyll Capsules Make Underarms Smell Sweet?
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In the ongoing search for ways to control body odor, people have invented some creative solutions. One of the most unusual is swallowing supplemental chlorophyll every day. Is this a good idea?

Chlorella Supplements for Body Odor:

Q. I stopped using any kind of underarm deodorant or antiperspirant almost 20 years ago. Instead I started taking Chlorella, which I’ve heard has the highest proportion of chlorophyll of any food.

Chlorophyll has many properties, and I’ve found that, over time, it completely eliminates the need for underarm deodorant. I have zero body odor, even if I go a couple of days without a shower.

It’s a great way to get a nutrition-rich food and avoid putting chemicals on my skin every day. I just put approximately a quarter teaspoon of Chlorella powder in water every morning, drink it down and I’m good to go. This green algae did the trick for me.

Studies on This Use of Chlorella Are Scarce:

A. There hasn’t been much research on whether consuming chlorophyll reduces body odor. The scientific articles we were able to locate dated back to the 1950s. Perhaps others can share their own experience with this natural supplement.

A Warning:

We need to issue just one note of caution. Certain individuals may develop an unpleasant skin condition called “pseudoporphyria” if they consume too much chlorophyll (Rossi et al, Australasian Journal of Dermatology, Feb. 2015).  Just eating green vegetables won’t trigger this nasty rash, but supplements might.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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