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July 17, 2021 3 min read

Activated Charcoal’s proven superpower of adsorbing toxins has led it to be the single most effective remedy for lethal drugs overdoses and used in hospital and vet emergency rooms to treat various types of poisonings – all the more reason that it should be an indispensable addition to your medicine cabinet! In addition, it turns out that it has fabulous health benefits for your skin, stomach and is a potent detoxifier and hence it’s now commonly available in health food stores like Faithful To Nature. Local GP Dr Terry Serebro explains, “Activated Charcoal is my go-to remedy whenever I have a patient who presents with diarrhoea, gas, spastic colon and food poisoning. I love the fact that it is non-toxic and works fast to relieve symptoms. The feedback I get from patients who use it is overwhelmingly positive.”

Why It Works

Also known as activated carbon or coconut ash, the supplement (usually taken in capsule, tablet or powder form with water) can do everything from preventing hangovers to mitigating the side effects of food poisoning, reduce bloating and remove toxins (a godsend for your skincare routine!). Activated Charcoal is not digested or dissolved by the acids or alkalis of the digestive tract and therefore it is not assimilated into the blood stream, rendering it absolutely non-toxic.

How Activated Charcoal is Made

Activated charcoal is made by burning wood or coconut shells at high temperatures to remove all oxygen - activating it with steam-like gases. What remains is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that capture, bind and remove heavy metals, chemicals, gasses and poisons.

Love Your Gut

Activated charcoal capsules and tablets can be used to treat stomach pain caused from excess gas, food intolerances, diarrhoea, bloating and indigestion. The tablets are perfect if you’re traveling to a new country or town and happen to get food poisoning or a bad tummy. However, be sure to buy a good quality product with high levels of activation and absorbency, as do not want to under dose in an emergency! The level of activation and absorbency is measured by what’s called an Iodine number. Most activated charcoal products measure iodine numbers of around 500 - 800. Some brands on the market (like Naturmade’s Charco range for example) have extremely high iodine numbers, ranging between 1100 -1500, making them one of the most ‘super’ activated charcoal products on the local market and Ideal in emergency situations.

Emergency Calls

 Let’s face it - in an acute gastric attack or poisoning (in humans or pets), you don’t want to mess around. Any emergency calls for the highest quality, fastest acting product. That’s why it’s important to choose a product that has been in the market for a substantial amount of time, preferably incorporating imported materials and the highest quality standards. Also, be sure to choose activated charcoal tables free of the laxative sorbitol (like the activated charcoal used in hospitals to help quickly flush remove poisons from the body).

Bye Bye Hangover

While not a cure for a hangover, taking charcoal after a night, prior to falling asleep and as soon as you wake up, will serve to ‘soak’ up the residue and toxins left over from alcohol consumption. Just like a fatty meal tends to dilute the toxins in your tummy, which makes you feel a lot better, charcoal ‘soaks’ up these toxins, encapsulates them and ejects them from your bowels, leaving you feeling much better and less hung over

Simply take 6 tablets/4 capsules before bed and another 6 tablets/4 capsules upon waking (drink up to 500ml at the same time)

Brenda Hutchinson
Brenda Hutchinson


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