5 Surprising Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Black activated charcoal powder in a bowl

Many claim that activated charcoal, also known as Activated Carbon, can help purify your skin and whiten your teeth, but does it really work? If so, is it safe to use and exactly what is this so called activated charcoal anyways? Activated charcoal is a natural treatment that is used to trap toxins in the body so that they can be flushed out before your body reabsorbs them. While it is made from a variety of different sources, if you plan on using activated charcoal for natural healing, you need to select the type that has been made from coconut shells or another natural source along those lines.

Activated Charcoal is similar to the type we use on the grill, but it doesn’t contain all of those chemicals. This charcoal contains properties that make it effective at absorbing chemicals and poisonous liquids.

So, what are the health benefits of activated charcoal?

1. Eases Gas and Bloating

Activated charcoal can help ease gas and bloating. Once it is consumed, it binds the gas-causing byproducts (found in foods) that are responsible for the discomfort. Consuming activated charcoal following a gas-producing meal will help prevent intestinal gas.
How much should be taken? Experts suggest taking 500 milligrams with a glass of water at least an hour before you eat. Immediately afterwards, drink another glad of water to flush the charcoal into your system.

2. Eliminate Stains from Your Teeth

Many of those stain removers you find in the stores are packed full of chemicals that can do more harm than good. If you’re looking for a good whitener to help whiten your teeth, then we recommend Activated Charcoal powder – it will help remove plaque and whiten your teeth at the same time. Mind you, when you use it, it’s not going to be lovely, but once you have completed the system, you’ll be happy you chose this method.

To use it, you don’t need any special toothbrush, you can use a regular one. We would recommend a secondary toothbrush for this purpose because the charcoal could cause discoloration to the bristles.

Take the Activated Charcoal powder and mix it with water until the solution is thick enough to stay on the toothbrush. Take the solution on the toothbrush and gently brush your teeth. Leave the mixture on your teeth for three minutes, then rinse it off.

Some people choose to add a capsule of Activated Charcoal to a natural toothpaste and brush as they normally would. There’s also an option that works without the toothbrush. Take about a teaspoon of powdered charcoal and equal parts water and mix it. Swish this solution around in your mouth for a total of one minute, then hold it in your mouth for five more minutes before you rinse.

You don’t have to worry about the taste of the charcoal, because there is almost no taste and it doesn’t smell. It’s okay to use this method on a daily basis in order to remove the natural discolorations and stains from your teeth.

3. Detoxifying

Have you ever seen black lemonade specifically for detoxing? It’s black because it contains Activated Charcoal. Many people have reported some pretty good effects after they tried juices that contained this form of charcoal. Medical professionals have stated that it is possible to detox your system with Activated Charcoal.

If you choose this method for detoxifying your body, we recommend drinking this in your juice between meals – don’t take it with meals and only make sure you put it in non-acidic juices. You can empty a couple of capsules into your favorite health boosting juice. There are also various companies that offer juices that contain Activated Charcoal – these juices tend to have high price on them, but they are well worth the cost.

Mind you, drinking Activated Charcoal juices isn’t recommend as a daily drink. You should use them for an occasional detox.

4. Lowers Your Cholesterol

Studies being conducted throughout the world have indicated that Activated Charcoal can be used to lower cholesterol levels. This is because it increases good cholesterol while it reduces bad cholesterol.

5. Heal Wounds from Spider and Snake Bites

In cases with venomous or non-venomous spider or snake bites, using Activated Charcoal can be an effective way to eliminate toxins and heal the wounds. Of course, if a venomous spider or snake bites you, you should go to the emergency room right away.

Side Effects

When it comes to using Activated Charcoal, it is normally deemed safe for most people. However, it is important that you are aware of any medical conditions you may have, like holes in the intestines, intestinal blockages or bleeding, slow digestion, chronic dehydration or recent abdominal surgery because these conditions could affect how your body reacts to the charcoal.

Additionally, activated charcoal can interfere with the prescription medications you may be taking. For this reason, we recommend taking activated charcoal 90 minutes prior to taking prescription medications or supplements.

Keep in Mind

Don’t buy the first Activated Charcoal you come across based on the name – make sure it comes from a sustainable source like identified wood species or coconut shells. You should also remember that it is dangerous to inhale Activated Charcoal powder (any form of powder is dangerous) – it could result in a condition referred to as “black lung,” so when you’re using it in your DIY projects, be careful.

Avoid fillers: Make sure the product you buy doesn’t contain any fillers in them.
Store them in a tight container: Activated Charcoal can absorb the impurities that are in the air, so it is important that you keep it in a sealed container.