The Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is pure carbon that is produced by slow combustion of hard wood or coconut shells without the presence of oxygen. It is known for its adsorbing characteristics and for its large surface areas ranging from approximately 400 to 1800 square meters/gram. This astounding large surface area of charcoal makes it an excellent absorber of many industrial toxins, and inorganic chemicals. These includesDDT, dieldrin, strychnine, malathion, morphine, mercury, phosphorous, aspirin, barbiturates and parathion just to name a few.
- Intestinal gas (A spoon in a half glass of water followed by another glass of water to help decrease its binding effects.)
- Use as a poultice externally on wounds, skin infections and inflammation.
- Swollen gum, clean and whitens teeth
- Diarrhea, and food poisoning
- Allergic response
- Snakes and insect bites
Activated charcoal is great for treating diarrhea because of its constipating effects. Therefore, when taking charcoal, it is important that you drink lots of water to prevent constipation. In addition, charcoal should not be taken with prescription medications and supplements because of its amazing adsorbing characteristics can cause charcoal adsorption and elimination of drugs and supplements without the body processing making them ineffective.
This article is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Seek advice from qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.