It is a substance of plant origin that has the property of absorbing chemicals, gases, heavy metals, proteins, waste and toxins.
Activated carbon is currently having an august moment.
But its use as a detoxification and healing remedy goes back a long time. Traditional healers have used it for thousands of years, due to its numerous benefits.
Activated charcoal is known for its ability to bind to certain poisons, heavy metals and other toxins and expel them from the body, which makes it a wonderful substance for general and acute detoxification.
It also carries a series of anti-aging and cardiovascular benefits.
One of the fundamental principles of a quality lifestyle is to avoid the things that weaken you. This includes processed snacks that consume energy, sugar and overexposure to toxic chemicals.
But sometimes it’s easier said than done (avoid garbage and environmental toxins). Whether you’re forced to eat at a restaurant less than ideal or if you want to try a deeper detoxification, activated charcoal is your ally.
Activated carbon is the by-product of burning a carbon source such as wood or (better yet) coconut shells.
The substance is “activated” by high temperatures, eliminating all oxygen and changing its chemical structure to create much smaller particles with more surface area.
The result is an ultra-fine carbon with millions of small pores that trap, bind and eliminate poisons, heavy metals, chemicals and intestinal gases.
Why use activated carbon?
Western medicine mainly uses activated charcoal to absorb poisons or other toxins in a hospital environment. It works through a process called “adsorption” (meaning “bind to” instead of “absorb”).
But activated charcoal is much more than an antidote to drugs and poisons. It is a worldwide remedy for general detoxification, digestive health, gas, bloating, heart health and anti-aging.
It is a part of the detoxification protocols of mold toxins. In fact, unscrupulous industrial livestock factories intentionally alter food spoiled with activated charcoal, knowing that it will allow them to increase profits without killing the animals.
Benefits of activated carbon
Ancient doctors used inactivated charcoal for a variety of medical purposes, including the treatment of epilepsy and anthrax.
At the beginning of the 20th century, medical journals began publishing research that reveals the activated carbon as an antidote for poisons and a way to improve intestinal disorders.
Current research supports these previous practices of activated charcoal and also introduces additional benefits when used. Here are some ways that activated carbon works.
The toxins in processed food of low quality and environmental pollution deplete their energy and contribute to brain fog and digestive problems.
Chronic exposure to toxins causes cell damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity and rapid aging.
Regular use of activated charcoal can remove unwanted toxins from your body, which makes you feel refreshed and more vibrant, often in minutes.
Relieves digestive problems, gas and abdominal distension
After digesting foods such as beans, the process of breaking down bacteria in your body creates byproducts like gas or diarrhea.
Activated charcoal enters the digestive tract and counteracts this process by binding to the byproducts and alleviating these digestive problems.
Activated carbon has powerful anti-aging properties, and studies show that it prevents numerous cellular changes associated with aging.
In one study, activated carbon increased the average life of the older test animals by approximately 34 percent.
Activated carbon slows down the rate at which the brain becomes sensitive to toxins as you get older, which improves cognitive functioning.
It also builds a better defense mechanism by improving the adaptive functioning of essential organs such as the liver, kidneys and adrenal glands.
Better heart health
Activated charcoal can also lower cholesterol levels.
In one study, patients with high cholesterol who took 8 grams of activated charcoal three times a day showed a 25% reduction in total cholesterol.
They also reduced their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 41 percent and increased their HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 8 percent.
Studies examining microscopic tissues show that a daily dose of activated charcoal can prevent abnormal hardening (sclerosis) in the heart and coronary blood vessels.
When to take activated carbon?
Activated charcoal should be taken when:
- You eat in restaurants or eat processed junk food.
- You drink poor quality coffee.
- You are drinking alcohol.
- You feel cranky or tired.
Activated carbon is not just for isolated situations. Taking activated coconut charcoal daily is a great way to help you thrive in an environment full of toxins.
It is best to take it between meals and a few hours after using any vitamin or mineral supplement, as it may interfere with its absorption.
Be sure to take the carbon capsules at a different time than your prescription medications, which will not enter your body when they are attached to the charcoal (more information on dosing below).
How to take activated carbon pills
Each person responds differently to different doses, so always consult a doctor before using any supplement or binding agent such as charcoal.
Dosage of the charcoal tablets or capsules
Take two capsules (1,000 mg) when you consume foods of unknown quality or when you drink alcohol.
When to avoid taking coal?
Never take activated charcoal with prescription medications or other supplements.
Charcoal contains many substances, including good things like prescription medications, vitamins and minerals.
Wait 2-3 hours after taking charcoal to take other supplements or medications and talk to your doctor about the details.
It is important that if you consume activated carbon drink a lot of water.
Excessive consumption of carbon, especially without magnesium, can cause constipation.
Take 300-400 mg of magnesium glycol approximately 3 hours after taking charcoal and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.