What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is known as a detoxifier. This reputation comes from its known ability in medicine to absorbs toxins from the stomach, such as if a person or animal has accidentally swallowed something toxic.1 Charcoal is familiar to most of us as the lumps or briquettes we throw onto BBQs in the summer. Charcoal basically the black residue that forms when something with carbon – such as wood, coal or even coconut shells and fruit pits – is burned, and any water is removed.2 It’s lightweight, black and dusty in texture. 

Uses

Popular uses for activated charcoal are:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Anti-ageing properties in skincare
  • Cleaning wounds and reduce itchiness from bites and stings
  • Preventing bloating and alleviating gas

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