In 1831, a few renowned French professors witnessed the effects of strychnine first hand. In order to see the effects this poison has on our health, Professor Touery drank a glass of the alkaloid, but managed to survive thanks to activated charcoal! The courageous research of the professors is the reason why activated charcoal is nowadays used as a powerful decontaminant given to people who have ingested some kind of toxin.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a powder with no scent or taste that can neutralize the effects of toxins in the body by 60%. It can absorb chemicals and toxins in the digestive system and slow down the absorption of the poison. Activated charcoal can reduce bloating and treat almost any digestive problem you might be facing.
Activated charcoal is obtained from raw coal, petroleum, coconut shells or peat, but its use highly differs from the use of coal. During the process of manufacture, producers expose common charcoal to extreme temperatures which creates small pores on the surface that can trap the toxins from the body.
Contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal isn’t responsible for loss of nutrients. A scientist named David O. Cooney conducted a research in which he added activated charcoal to the diet of sheep for 6 months. The results showed that the sheep didn’t suffer from loss of nutrients unlike those who didn’t receive the powder. The powder didn’t affect the levels of minerals and vitamins in the body nor their pH levels, which shows that it’s completely safe to use.
Health benefits of activated charcoal
According to another study, activated charcoal works great against digestive problems such as bloating. It can absorb cholesterol in the gut effectively if you take at least 8 gr. of activated charcoal 3 times a day. In the study, the powder managed to reduce the subjects’ bad cholesterol by 41% and the levels of total cholesterol by 25% in only a month!
Some scientists discovered that activated charcoal reduces nitrogen waste in the body as well. A combination of it and a low-protein diet is recommended by doctors for the elderly dealing with kidney disease. Besides absorbing toxins from the gut, activated charcoal absorbs poisons from the liver and kidneys as well, preventing toxic accumulation and ensuring proper organ function. Finally, activated charcoal will stimulate the bile flow in the gut, which assists in the elimination of waste and toxins.
How do you use it?
Activated charcoal is present in powder, liquid or pill form. The pills can be safely chewed if you decide to go with them. If you decide to use activated charcoal powder, add a tablespoon of it in a glass of water and drink the mixture a few times a day in cases of poisoning. Of course, we suggest consulting with a doctor first who can tell you the proper dosage and if the compound interferes with some of the medications you’re using.