The Surprising Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is one of the world’s best kept health secrets. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health issues and can used both internally and externally. Some people use it for face masks or to whiten teeth, but it can also be mixed with water and consumed.

What makes activated charcoal great for our health when you drink it is because it ADSORBS a variety of bacteria, poisons and toxins in the gut.

This is not the same as “absorb.” Here is the definition of both:

 Absorb. To take in (something, such as water) in a natural or gradual way a sponge absorbs water

Adsorb. The adhesion of a chemical species onto the surface of particles.

What makes activated charcoal great for our health when you drink it is because it ADSORBS a variety of bacteria, poisons and toxins in the gut naturally.

The best way to describe adsorb is like a magnet: items that are negatively charged are attracted to the magnet. they literally stick to it. the same thing happens with toxins and activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal attracts toxins, and they become attached to them like a magnet.

Even though activated charcoal is consumed, it can NOT be digested by the body. Instead, it goes to the intestines, where it is eventually removed from the body when we go to the bathroom. All the toxins, bacteria and other things adsorbed (attached to activated charcoal) are removed from the body naturally as well. This is what makes activated charcoal so special.

Studies on Activated Charcoal

There are many studies on the benefits of activated charcoal. Here are some of the benefits and findings:

Used to Treat Poisoning

Activated charcoal is used in hospitals worldwide to treat victims of poisoning and drug overdoses:

In 2016, according to the German Federal Statistical Office, 178 425 cases of intoxication (poisoning) were treated in German hospitals.  The poison control centers in the German-speaking countries gave advice in a total of 268 787 instances of poisoning in that year, and use of activated charcoal was recommended in 4.37% of cases. The application of activated charcoal plays a major role in both primary and secondary detoxification. 

Read the full study HERE.
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Activated charcoal has been used to treat overdoses in hospitals.

In another study, researchers advised using of activated charcoal within an hour of ingesting poisons and other harmful substances:

Activated charcoal adsorbs ingested toxins within the gastrointestinal tract preventing the systemic absorption of that toxin. Activated charcoal is most efficacious when given within one hour of ingestion of the toxin.

Read the full study HERE.

Activated charcoal has been shown to adsorb many agents, including the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Beta -blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Malathion & other Pesticides
  • Barbiturates
  • Beta -blockers
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Theophylline
  • Phenytoin
  • Kerosene, Benzene
  • A majority of inorganic and organic materials. 

In addition, activated charcoal is often used by tourists to foreign lands: if they eat something their body disagrees with they will take an activated charcoal pill to reduce food poisoning.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol

Studies are ongoing, but there have been a few studies where activated charcoal has been shown to lower bad cholesterol levels:

Seven patients with hypercholesterolaemia were treated for 4 weeks with activated charcoal at a dose of 8 g three times a day. Plasma total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol decreased by 25% and 41%, respectively, whereas HDL-cholesterol increased by 8%. Side-effects were negligible.

Read the study HERE.

In another study, activated charcoal was found to lower triglyceride and removing bile salts:

Activated carbon (AC) has been shown to be effective in reducing serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Read the study HERE.

Here’s my experience drinking activated charcoal:

Gas and Bloating

There are many possible causes to gas and bloating. Activated charcoal has been used to reduce gas and bloating:

Our preliminary study concluded that activated charcoal can be used to reduce gastrointestinal gases efficiently, providing an inexpensive, safe and easy-to-use method to improve visualization in routine abdominal ultrasound scans in adults.

Read the study HERE.

Other Uses of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal can be used internally and externally. Here are a few other uses:

  • Skin treatment (acne, dandruff, antiaging)
  • Tooth whitening
  • Water filtration
  • Hangover remedy
  • Mold cleansing

Final Thoughts

Activated charcoal has been used in a variety of ways. It can be a great natural addition to a person’s medicine cabinet. For those who are preppers or travelers, activated charcoal can be a great natural remedy for upset stomachs when access to doctors and medical care is difficult or impossible.

Get some activated charcoal today in either pill or powdered form. Your body will thank you.

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