In today’s article we are going to write about the miracle that had happened back in 1831. Namely, a couple of renowned professors at the French Academy of Medicine witnessed the effect of strychnine, a bitter and highly poisonous compound. Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of this alkaloid and nobody of the people who saw that could not believe their eyes. The shocking part is the fact that the professor survived, and the activated charcoal actually saved his life.
It is important to mention that today doctors use activated charcoal as an emergency decontaminant for patients who have accidentally swallowed a toxic substance.
What is the effect of activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal does not have any odor or taste. Activated charcoal is a non-toxic powder and it is scientifically proved that this substance reduces the absorption of toxins for up to 60%.
Namely, this powder has the ability to absorb chemicals or to be more precise it is able to “kill” their toxicity through the digestive system. Namely, the activated charcoal stops the absorption of the poison.
Some of the most common uses of activated charcoal is for reducing flatulence, as a treatment of hangover and bile flow issues in pregnant women as well as lower cholesterol.
What is it made from?
Scientists explain that the regular charcoal is obtained from coal, coconut shell, petroleum, wood or peat and activated charcoal is made in asimilar way, but still it has quite different application.
Namely, during the process of preparation of activated charcoal, manufacturers expose common charcoal to high heat. Manufacturers use gas that is supposed to develop internal, tiny pores that give charcoal its ability to “trap” toxins and on that way remove them from the organism.
Activated charcoal does not cause loss of nutrients
It is generally accepted that charcoal absorbs nutrients as well, but David O. Cooney explains: “Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. … 5 % of the total diet was charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH”.
The American Journal of Gastroenterology published a study in which it is explained that activated charcoal prevents flatulence and in same time relieves crams and bloating caused by intestinal gas. This substance has the ability to absorb the bad cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract.
According to another study, the activated charcoal has the ability to reduce total cholesterol by 25%, bad cholesterol by 41% and increased the good one by 8%. After a month, scientists got these values. The participants included in this study, took 8g of activated charcoal 3 times a day.
In addition to that, it is scientifically proved that activated charcoal is efficient in reducing nitrogen waste. Moreover, it was shown that low-protein diet and activated charcoal are extremely beneficial for elderly who are suffering from a kidney disease.
As it is already mentioned, the activated charcoal absorbs toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and it is able to absorb toxins in both liver and kidneys. That is the reason why this compound efficiently prevents toxic overload and provides normal function of vital organs.
The scientific studies discovered that activated charcoal stimulates bile flow and thus help the elimination of toxins from the body.
How to use activated charcoal properly?
In the pharmacies you can buy activated charcoal in powder, liquid or tabled form. One of the option is to chew the tablets.
Moreover, many detox products contain this substance.
How to use activated charcoal?
In a glass of water add 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal and stir until is dissolved. Drink this mixture few times a day.
Important note: before you start consuming activated charcoal you need to consult with your doctor as this ingredient interacts with some prescription and over-the-counter drugs.