Activated charcoal is showing up everywhere in the wellness world, and for good reason. It dates back to 1500 B.C. when it was used by Egyptians to treat intestinal ailments, it reemerged in the 1700s and 1800s as a medical treatment in Asia and it’s reemerging again today, making its’ prime debut in the Western World. In fact, there are more than 100,000 searches for “Activated Charcoal” in Google every month! The substance is commonly found in lattes, juices, face masks, soap, toothpaste, and supplements.
When most people think of charcoal, they think of the black rock used in barbecues and grills. So when we begin claiming the benefits of mixing charcoal in a juice or scrubbing it on your teeth with a toothbrush, it’s certainly not something most would be inclined to try. However, charcoal is more than just a black rock. Originally, it was used to remove poisons and is still used for all kinds of detoxification. Activated charcoal is also known as activated carbon. Activation occurs when the charcoal is introduced to steam, drastically increasing the surface area of the carbon molecules within it. These carbon molecules then develop deep pores, that help capture unwanted impurities, toxins, and oils. These pores are what makes detoxification possible!
Medically, it is primarily used when someone has ingested toxins. If you’re looking for a quick fix for a hangover or alcohol consumption in general, activated charcoal is the way to go. Since the pores remove unwanted substances at such a high rate, the charcoal can be taken to soak up the alcohol consumed and lower blood alcohol levels. In addition to the alcohol itself, the charcoal could also be taken the next morning to absorb the sulfates contained in wine, and the sugar in cocktails. This lessens the side effects of alcohol such as headaches, poor sleep, and body aches.
A second, equally as effective reason to take activated charcoal capsules, is to prevent stomach bugs. Similar to its ability to soak up sugars and sulfates from alcohol, it can absorb the bacteria from an upset stomach. It can be taken after contracting the bug to get rid of it, or it can be taken in smaller doses as a method of prevention. A good time to take activated charcoal preventatively is during travel. If you are in a foreign country and eating a lot of unknown food, this may help prevent the development of food poisoning.
It is important to know when to take the capsule so that its’ benefits are reaped and not counterproductive. Since it is meant to absorb unwanted substances, it should be taken after consumption but prior to digestion. Ideally, the capsule should be taken within 2-3 hours. When using it to combat illnesses, take it at the first sign of symptoms. It is also critical to schedule your intake of this supplement around your other medications or vitamins (if any). If you take them at the same time, then it will likely absorb those nutrients as well. It is important to take 2-3 hours apart from good foods/ vitamins/ medications to avoid losing desired nutrients.
Activated charcoal is also commonly used in soaps, toothpaste, and face masks. It is claimed to pull out impurities, not just within the digestive system, but also with the skin. Charcoal soap and face masks are touted to help those who suffer from eczema, acne, and rosacea. Charcoal toothpaste is claimed to promote teeth whitening. The results may take longer to take effect, yet, the benefit is these results come from a completely natural source rather than potentially toxic chemicals.
Many studies have been done on the effects and benefits of this supplement and it has proven repeatedly to be quite successful. The popularity and demand make this a hot item for supplements providers across the nation. Call or email us today for a quote request on an Activated Charcoal formula you can be proud to stock your shelves with!