Activated charcoal food grade according to USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) has several important advantages. Although activated carbon can be produced from coal, wood or other substances, activated charcoal is food grade according to USP are manufactured in compliance with strict requirements, since this type of activated carbon is designed for oral administration, and is also used in filtering devices of the blood, such as dialysis machine for the kidneys. Activated charcoal is made by burning the source material, such as coconut shell or wood, over very high heat. After burning activation of coal with steam in a furnace at a high temperature of 1700 to 1800 °F and in the absence of oxygen. This process leads to the creation of millions of tiny pores per gram of coal. This is why activated carbon is used for water filtration. But in oral administration the pores of activated charcoal can bind toxins and gas and remove them from the body. Activated carbon is used in a normal detoxification procedure to relieve bloating, reduce gas formation and intensity of body odor. Described in more detail below these and some other uses of activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal is used in emergency departments around the world as a reliable and effective cure for poisoning and drug overdose. However, you should not use activated charcoal in the home for treatment of overdose, unless the doctor or poison control center not recommend You to apply the method. Overdose or poisoning can lead to serious consequences or even endanger the life, therefore, requires constant supervision applied to the emergency Department.
Activated charcoal works so well in many types of poisoning due to the chemical adsorption process and chemical reactions, in which toxins and gases with a positive charge in contact with a porous surface of activated carbon with a negative charge. Due to the millions of pores on the surface of activated carbon from coconut able to communicate an incredibly large amount of toxins and gases. One gram of activated carbon has almost the same surface area as a football field. That’s why it is such a powerful tool that helps to cope with accidental poisoning. Sometimes it is used instead of gastric lavage. In severe poisoning often require very large dosages (e.g., 1 g per 1 kg of body weight).
For the same reason that activated carbon is so useful in cases of poisoning, it can be used as a tool for internal cleansing. It not only binds and excretes some toxins, but also can bind and excrete bile acids. The impact of activated carbon is very important when carrying out an internal cleansing, because many toxic compounds are excreted into bile. By binding bile acids activated charcoal helps to eliminate toxins that are associated with these acids. In addition, activated charcoal may be useful in the binding and excretion of heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Aid digestion with gas and bloating
One of the most popular and clinically proven the use of activated charcoal is a natural aid for excessive flatulence and bloating. In such a situation, use the property of activated carbon, to bind gases in their millions since. For best results, take 500 mg of activated charcoal before eating. In addition, consider the complex products in which activated carbon is mixed with alpha-galactosidase (an important digestive enzyme, counteracts flatulence and bloating) and ginger extract to eliminate the feeling of discomfort in the intestine.
Some important guidelines
Be sure to drink enough water every day when you take activated charcoal. It can contribute to dehydration, unless you drink adequate amount of water. As a rule, activated carbon is very well tolerated. Because it can interfere with the absorption of nutrients, supplements and pharmaceuticals, take it on an empty stomach 60-90 minutes before food, supplements and medications.
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