This website was built to help our readers understand the various benefits and applications of charcoal tablets, pills, capsules and raw powder. Activated charcoal itself has been FDA approved and has shown multiple benefits for external and internal applications within the body. The website will also evaluate the safety and dangers of these products when consumed in people of various ages and on medications.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Charcoal itself is as you likely know, the black residue left over in a burning fire. As an essential element it is carbon – however, charcoal from ash often has impurities and toxins within it. Activated charcoal goes through a natural purifying process that removes the toxins and other leftover elements and leaves it clean for human internal and external use.

So what are the properties that make activated charcoal work within and outside of the body? Carbon itself has millions of tiny microscopic pores that are able to trap toxins and bacteria. These microscopic pores work as a sort of sponge that aggressively absorbs many things in its path in the human body.

Activated Charcoal Uses within Medicine

Charcoal is used in modern human and veterinarian medicine. The most common use is for overdoses on certain medications and alcohol. When administered soon enough, activated charcoal can absorb much of the toxic doses of medicine or substance before it reaches the intestinal tract. It is important to note that charcoal does not work in all overdose cases – only for certain medications, drugs and poisons.

Charcoal for Health & Beauty

Activated charcoal is also used in health and beauty. It is used as a teeth whitening agent and in certain brands of toothpastes – or as a powder for its abilities to absorb build up and surface stains on the teeth. Charcoal is also used in many peel-off facial masks for its ability to cleanse deep down in the pores and suck out blackheads and other clogs that lead to pimples.

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Some other products are also being seen as trends in health and beauty. Charcoal deodorant is becoming fairly popular. Other products such as: facewash, soaps, mouthwash and many others are also coming into the limelight.

Charcoal Tablets Uses

The use of charcoal tablets has many benefits. They might help with simple gut problems such as gas, bloating or acid reflux to more severe stomach issues such as ulcerative colitis. Other annoying GI issues such as upset stomach and nausea could be helped with charcoal tablets and many use for such purposes. There is also some evidence that charcoal can help with diarrhea.

Charcoal tablets can be used for other annoyances such as foul body odor – in fact some even use the tablets externally on locations such as the arm pits – however a good charcoal deodorant is probally a better idea for this. Activated charcoal may even help fungi issues and bacterial issues within the body like Candia and yeast infections.

Charcoal and weight loss is becoming a popular trend. However, it is not recommended to use charcoal tablets for weight loss, as it may suck out essential nutrients and vitamins needed by the body. It may seem like a good idea to some to absorb nutrients however, this is just a potentially dangerous short cut and only healthy diet and exercise should be used.

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There are many other issues and beneficial uses of charcoal. One popular use is for use in hangovers. The issue is that if you take them before drinking alcohol charcoal capsules will absorb a lot of the alcohol. For the best effects they should be taken right after finishing drinking and again in the morning – at recommended dosages. Assisting with alcohol hangovers is perhaps one of the most famous uses of charcoal capsules.

If you want to read more about the benefits of using charcoal feel free to read our blog.

Dangers of Charcoal Capsules or Tablets

With the highly absorbent properties of charcoal it is no doubt that it may come with a host of side effects and dangers. It is true that it’s a natural substance however, a user must be mindful or possible interactions. The most common danger is for those taking essential medications.

Charcoal will not attract all medicines but it is important to talk to your doctor or the medication fact sheet to see if its effects will be lowered or affected. It is always a good idea to take your charcoal supplement at a different time than medication or food to prevent any absorption of the medicine or nutrients.

Dosage is also important along with frequency. Most charcoal supplement manufacturers follow FDA guidelines and rules set forth. So make sure to read your supplement or medication (if prescribed charcoal) before assuming dosage. As long as you follow these dosages and guidelines you should be safe but always talk to a doctor if you have a health condition, are on medication or are just unsure if the health benefits are worth potential risks.

If you are pregnant it is also a good idea to talk to a doctor. Whilst theoretically a dosage of charcoal should not harm an unborn fetus, it is never worth the risk. It is also not a good idea to take something that may absorb nutrients needed for a second growing body and brain. In certain cases the benefits may outweigh these risks but only a qualified physician should answer this.