What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated Charcoal is a fine black powder made from
l bone char,
l coconut shells,
l peat,
l petroleum coke,
l coal,
l olive pits or sawdust.
‘Activation’ with gases at high temperature removes previously adsorbed substances and further reduces particle size, resulting in an exceptionally porous final product.This results in a charcoal that is more porous than regular charcoal.coconut shell activated charcoal
Uses of Activated Charcoal
l Alleviates gas & bloating.
l Treats alcohol poisoning & helps prevent hangovers.
l Digestive cleansing property.
l Teeth whitening
How does Activated Charcoal work?
The tremendous surface area and pores in Activated Charcoal permits the binding of many drugs and toxins in those pores from the digestive tract, reducing their systemic absorption.
How to Take Activated Charcoal?
l Activated Charcoal is generally available in the form of tablets or powder.
l Tablets are generally swallowed with a glass of water.
l When taken as a powder, activated charcoal may be mixed with water or a non-acidic juice.
When to Avoid Activated Charcoal?
l Activated Charcoal should be avoided or used with caution in following patients:
l Patients with allergy to any of its components
l Patients with altered mental status
l Patients facing a difficulty in swallowing food
Side-effects of Activated Charcoal:
l Constipation
l Abdominal pain
l Nausea
l Bloating
l Vomiting activated charcoal bulk