You sure know charcoal as a fine, black powder made from wood or other natural materials by heating them in an airless environment.

However in our modern world this product is used in far more fields than you think.

Some of the main industries that have adopted charcoal for its amazing benefits are the medical industry, the beauty industry and even the food industry.

If we dig more into it, the charcoal used in the industries mentioned above is actually known as “activated charcoal” or “activated carbon”. What makes it special is that it has oxygen added to it to increase its porosity, thus, adding to its surface area, and giving it highly adsorbent properties.

So how does it work?

As mentioned before, it is well known that activated charcoal has a lot of benefits for your body and health. To be more exact, we prepared a list for you, to understand charcoal’s benefits better:

  • Thought to Absorb Gas and Fluid — Charcoal has the ability to absorb (attach to) many substances, including gases produced in the intestine, which contributes to reducing excessive bloating after eating and may help prevent indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea and bloating.
  • Can Lower Cholesterol — Charcoal has the ability to absorb (attach to) cholesterol and bile acids present in the intestine. Reducing the absorption of bile acids results in increased cholesterol breakdown by the liver.
  • May Assist Kidney Function – Charcoal filters out undigested toxins and drugs. It seems to be especially effective at removing toxins derived from urea, the main byproduct of protein digestion.
  • Helps with Skin Infections – Charcoal can help draw micro particles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier. Also it may have an antibacterial effect by absorbing harmful microbes from wounds.

Depending on what you use activated charcoal for, it can be paired up with other food supplements to make it more efficient.

Here are our suggestions for you:

  • Peppermint Oil – for the symptoms of IBS and indigestion such as bloating and diarrhea.
  • Slippery Elm — helps with heartburn and indigestion.
  • Probiotic – for the symptoms of IBS such as bloating and diarrhea.