Activated Charcoal-The Carbon Cure

Written by Sindhu Eravelli

Activated Charcoal is long used as a miracle toxin trapper,and is experiencing a rise in popularity in the health and nutrition.

While you might associate activated charcoal with cosy fire’s or barbecues, there’s a whole other use for this natural resource. When it’s burned at high degrees to form activated carbon, charcoal is a valuable health product. A resurgence in popularity has led to numerous juice bars now offering charcoal smoothies to customers. However, using charcoal for health is nothing new. One of the earliest references to using it as cure for Egyptian scroll, which describes it’s use in disinfecting wounds.


As people became more wary about the prescribes medical side effects, they are choosing a effective and natural ways to treat their ailments.



Considering that one in five people have gastric problems, it’s no wonder that activated charcoal, have many digestive benefits, and  stepped up as a remedy for conditions such as indigestion, acid re-flux, Crohn’s disease and diarrhea. Activated charcoal can help to relieve indigestion, flatulence and heartburn.

A daily dose of charcoal tablets can help to flush out ageing toxins.

Charcoal is on the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines and is the first port of call in emergency rooms around the world for cases of poisoning and some drug overdoses. Activated charcoal is extremely gentle and works in conjunction with your body. It passes straight through your digestive system, taking out the bad stuff, but doesn’t cause side effects by going into your bloodstream or affecting your organs.


When organic matter such as wood or bone is burned in the absence of air, it makes charcoal. .The best source of charcoal is coconut shell, because it has a rigid cellulose structure. It’s this honeycomb-like structure that takes in all the bad stuff, holding it in the multitude of pores to be carried safely out of your digestive system.


Some of that bad stuff comes from the unfriendly bacteria that live in your gut.While we need bacteria in our intestines which makes digestive systems to work properly, when bad bacteria such as staphylococcus or yeast overgrowth such as candida outweighs the good, it can lead to stomach upsets, bloating and lethargy.

Bacteria are living organisms, and they excrete some waste products like endo-toxins which does harm to us. If your body doesn’t agree with particular endo-toxins,  your brain tells your stomach to attack them and try to flush them out. Activated charcoal works in synergy with your body to mop up these endo-toxins, then excrete them faster and more easily than your body would do without it.

How charcoal knows the difference between toxins, bad bacteria and poisons, and good nutrition from food??Activated charcoal won’t absorb proteins, minerals, vitamins or carbohydrates, simply because the molecules are too big to collect in its pores.


There are some exciting ongoing studies into different medical uses for activated charcoal. Research funded by the British Medical Research Council suggested that when given to mice with malaria, charcoal would bind to the disease and halt its progression, while not interfering with the anti-malarial drugs that were fighting the virus. Activated charcoal was also shown to help those with kidney failure by mopping up toxins. This enabled the gut flora to repopulate and help the body to strengthen in order to fight the disease.

A study at Imperial College London also looked at its use in the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It found that activated charcoal helped reduce symptoms by binding with inflammation-causing proteins.  While new medical advances are being made with activated charcoal, you can still reap the health and cleansing benefits.



You could already be feeling the benefits of activated charcoal in your everyday life without realizing it. Carbon filters have been used for hundreds of years for removing sediment, volatile organic compounds and bad tastes or odors from water. They are used in domestic homes, as well as some municipal water treatment centers. They’re often found in jugs, such as this Bobble Jug with inbuilt electro-positive carbon filter.

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