What other names is Chlorophyllin known by?

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

What is Chlorophyllin?

Chlorophyllin is a chemical that is made from chlorophyll. People use it as a medicine.

Older people take chlorophyllin for controlling body, fecal, and urine odors; and for treating constipation and gas (flatulence).

Don't confuse chlorophyllin with chlorophyll.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Controlling urine odor in older patients who can't hold their urine and have a catheter.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Reducing body odors. There is some evidence that chlorophyllin might help reduce body odors in older people.
  • Constipation. Some research suggests that taking chlorophyllin might relieve constipation in older people.
  • Reducing fecal odors. There is some evidence that chlorophyllin might help reduce fecal odors in older people.
  • Gas (flatulence). Some research suggests that taking chlorophyllin might reduce gas in older people.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chlorophyllin for these uses.

How does Chlorophyllin work?

There isn't enough information available to know how chlorophyllin works.

Are there safety concerns?

Chlorophyllin seems to be safe for most people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chlorophyllin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Chlorophyllin.

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.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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