Top 9 Uses for Activated Charcoal
- Whitens Teeth
Dozens of teeth-whitening products contain activated charcoal.
- Water Filtration
People have long used activated charcoal as a natural water filter. Just as it does in the intestines and stomach, activated charcoal can interact with and absorb a range of toxins, drugs, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and chemicals found in water.
In commercial settings, such as waste-management centers, operators often use activated carbon granules for one part of the filtration process. Dozens of water filtration products are also designed for at-home use, using carbon cartridges to purify water of toxins and impurities.
- Body & Health
Around the world, many different traditional medicine practitioners use activated charcoal powder made from coconut shells to treat soft tissue conditions, such as skin infections.
Activated charcoal may have an antibacterial effect by absorbing harmful microbes from wounds. Several are available commercially.
- Anti Aging
Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier.
- Reduces High Cholesterol
- Alleviates Gas & Bloating
Given its use as a gastrointestinal absorbent in overdoses and poisonings, it follows that some people might propose activated charcoal as a treatment for diarrhea.
- Mold Cleansing
- Emergency Toxin Removal
- Digestive Cleanse
Risks and takeaway
To date, there have been no adverse reactions noted with activated charcoal in any of its various forms.
People taking medications should talk with a doctor before taking oral activated charcoal products, however, as these may interfere with absorption of their medication.
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