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Chlorophyll is what makes some plants green. It is essential to photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is usually located in the chloroplasts.

Health claims[edit]

Chlorophyll is often claimed to be useful in detoxification, and there's a rather worrying blog which claims it can cure gangrene and breast cancer. Don't try this at home.

The counterclaim to chlorophyll-woo is an old ditty (made in reference to the supposed breath-freshening properties of a certain chewing gum)

  • The goat that lives on yonder hill
  • Lives all day on chlorophyll