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By Tom. - 11/1/2011 6:01:15 AM
Can you please tell me the the difference between sodium copper chlorophyllin, found in NOW foods Triple Strength Liquid Chlorophyll, and sodium magnesium chlorophyllin found in Life Extension Foundation's Chlorophyllin with Zinc.

Secondly, what is the upper limit for copper? I understand HERE that too much copper can cause liver damage?

Thank you
By DDye - 11/1/2011 7:06:20 AM
Two sodium copper chlorophyllins are diagrammed at and sodium magnesium chlorphyllin at  The copper bond between sodium atoms is replaced by magnesium in the latter, and there are other differences.

The Tolerable Upper Intake level for copper is 10 milligrams per day.
By Tom. - 11/1/2011 6:14:06 PM
I've read that chlorophyll builds strong blood.  The central, chemical structure of heme (the red, non-protein portion of hemoglobin) and chlorophyll are supposed to be similar except for the central atom.  In heme it is iron.  So in those two types of chlorophyll the central atom is replaced with either copper or magnesium. Correct?  Do these two forms do the same things within the body when consumed?  Which form is better?  Does it make a difference?  Where does the LEF chlorophyll come from? 
By DDye - 11/7/2011 7:58:04 AM

The source or starting material is natural (Chlorophyll)while the process is synthetic so the final material “sodium magnesium chlorophyllin”is considered synthetic.

Chlorophyllin is a semi-synthetic, water-soluble form of chlorophyll.
We have not seen any research comparing sodium copper chlorophyllin and sodium magnesium chlorophyllin; therefore we are not aware if there is a difference in the absorption or activity of these two compounds.

Both forms of chlorophyllin come from the same source. The only difference is that one is bound to magnesium and the other to copper, but in essence both products have similar functions in protecting against DNA damage and promoting detoxification. Here is a link to an article discussing the benefits ofchlorophyllin:

By Till Germany - 11/9/2011 4:58:35 AM
Could you please tell me why LEF's new Chlorophyllin with Zinc does still contain zinc although it doesn't contain copper any more? It seems unnecessary now, and 10 mg zinc per capsule is rather much if you take 3 capsules daily and further supplements that contain zinc. Thank you!
By charmed - 11/9/2011 11:34:10 AM
Years ago in Hawaii I discovered Body Mints, invented/promoted by an athlete there who wanted to inhibit body odor while exercising in the Hawaiian sun.  I took it, and later plain chlorophyllin for years without knowing it had other benefits. 
By Tom. - 11/9/2011 10:38:49 PM
DDye.. Thanks for the reply
By DDye - 11/10/2011 10:25:04 AM
Product Development provided the following reply to "Till Germany:"  We are currently investigating the feasibility of removing this ingredient from the Chlorophyllin with Zinc. 
By Tom. - 11/11/2011 4:22:43 AM

This image I put together illustrates the central, chemical structures of heme (the red, non-protein portion of hemoglobin) and chlorophyll. In heme the central atom is iron. In chlorophyll the central atom is magnesium.  As you can see the structures are very similar. Perhaps this is indicative of our biological evolution and/or relationship to other living organisms, and maybe one reason why doctors and scientists around the world stress the importance of raw, dark green plants in the human diet.

Richard Martin Willstätter.  (image public domain).  A German chemist awarded the Nobel Price in 1915 in chemistry for his research into plant pigments and determined the similarities between heme and chlorophyll.
By albedo - 11/27/2011 2:29:08 AM
DDye (11/7/2011)

..........  Here is a link to an article discussing the benefits of chlorophyllin:


Thank you for posting the link DDye, I am using chlorophyllin as general prevention against mutagenics and found interesting the protection against leukopenia, a condition I am monitoring:

"... Researchers then observed the change of the peripheral leukocyte count after treatment and any adverse reactions. In the 60 patients given chlorophyllin, the treatment was markedly effective in 34 patients, effective in 17 patients, and ineffective in nine patients.9In total, chlorophyllin effectively reduced leukopenia in 85% of participants.."