There is a lot of material out there today about Charcoal. What it is and what is it all about.
Activated charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes since around 1550 B.C.
Scientific research shows that when activated charcoal is taken in any form (capsules, powder in drinks, etc.), drugs and toxins bind to it. Therefore, it helps the body to rid itself of unwanted substances.
Activated charcoal has been shown to have anti-aging benefits, whiten teeth (is in the toothpaste). It is in soap. It is used in the water filters for the astronauts in space ships, and is also used in the astronauts space suits. Charcoal is used in filters that purify water. I have a water purification product that uses it in its filter.
Real charcoal comes from wood and not briquets. Other things that activated (real) charcoal is good for include making a paste and putting it on insect bites; Use in dialysis for kidney and liver; Use in hospitals for wound dressings; Use for acid indigestion; May lower cholesterol and promote better kidney function. Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.
The Mayo Clinic as well as other hospitals use charcoal for treating drug overdose. Another suggested use is for detoxification (as mentioned above, it clears the toxins from the body).
The beauty industry is on board with Charcoal as well. You can find it in facial masks, cleansers, and creams.
Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.
As with any new or old products that are on the market or making a comeback, there may be risks or side effects. I found more side effects than risks. The side effects range from nausea, vomiting and constipation to bowel obstruction, a chalk like taste in the mouth, and black colored stool (which to me is a given). The stool changes color because of many foods and medications that are taken orally into the body.
For more information you can check out a book on Charcoal by going to Charcoal Remedies.com.
If you are going to use Activated Charcoal use it properly. Check with your doctor for dosage if taking it orally. Dosage varies from person to person to include children and adults.
I am experimenting with charcoal, and am presently using it for skin care as an Intensive Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. So far, it is good. As time goes on, I will try it in other forms.
You can also make your own charcoal. It may be a project worth looking into.
HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO USE CHARCOAL –
CHOICE YOU MAKE IS YOURS!