The Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal is a detox supplement that has been touted as a new super supplement. This black powder has been used as a marketing tool for beauty and skincare companies, while hospitals use it as a detox supplement for overdoses and accidental poisoning. Can you benefit from adding this supplement to your routine? Let’s take a look.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is created when organic materials, such as wood or coconut shells are burned at extremely high temperatures in environments lacking oxygen. This process causes the material to develop a large number of pores that make it useful for absorbing toxins from our body; this porous quality also makes it good for filtering out unwanted substances like chlorine or other chemicals we come into contact with daily.
So, what does this mean? How can this detoxing supplement help support our digestive system?
Supports Kidney Function
Activated charcoal is a natural absorbent that can be used as an agent to protect the kidneys from damage. Activated charcoal has been utilized for its ability to soak up fluids and chemicals, which could include harmful toxins or byproducts of kidney disease.
Studies have shown that taking 8g of Activated Charcoal three times a day can lower cholesterol up to 25%. Research is ongoing but continues to be promising.
Activated Charcoal has been known to prevent the body from absorbing toxic substances if taken within 30 minutes of ingestion.
Although Activated Charcoal is used to absorb alcohol during overdoses, research hasn’t proven that it can help with hangovers, although some people swear by it.
There isn’t sufficient evidence to prove that charcoal whitens teeth. It cannot be recommended as a replacement for other teeth whitening products because there has not been enough research on the topic.
Is Activated Charcoal Dangerous?
Since Activated Charcoal is so absorbent, it can make other supplements and medications less effective when taken together. That is why we recommend taking it for a few days on its own before starting our GoodGut Program.
Others have reported nausea and vomiting after taking Activated Charcoal in addition to black stool. Be sure to talk to your doctor to determine if adding this supplement to your routine is right for you!