Activated Charcoal: What does it do?

The topic of this article is Activated Carbon, used for various medical purposes. If interested, consult a physician prior to use. Activated Carbon pills are sold over the counter at some pharmacies.

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, activated coal, carbo activatus or an “AC filter”, is a form of carbon, processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.To create activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal along with a gas that causes the charcoal to develop numerous of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal literally absorb unwanted chemicals and toxins in your body. Picture a sponge soaking up water – the sponge represents the activated charcoal, and the water represents the toxins.

Toxins enter our bodies from various sources: processed food, alcohol and other drugs, environmental pollution, to name a few.Getting rid of the toxins in your body is absolutely essential for not only overall health (i.e. strengthened immune system), but also for the highest level of brain functioning. Although more is being discovered about the health benefits of activated charcoal, it is becoming increasingly popular as a detox substance. Dr. Andrew Weil, a doctor, teacher, and author who received an M.D. from Harvard, admitted that more medical research should be done on the health benefits of constant activated carbon use, but explains why it could be used as a detox. “activated charcoal does have the ability to trap many times its own weight of toxic or unwanted materials in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing their absorption into the body. Hospital emergency rooms use activated charcoal to treat certain types of poisoning from medications…”

Other known uses of activated carbon are for its anti-aging properties, elimination of bad breath and body odor, and to help improve your heart health by lowering the cholesterol and toxins in the blood,. Activated charcoal is available in many different forms such as powder in a capsule, liquid form, suspension, chewable tablets and powder form. If interested, consult your primary physician prior to use.