5 Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a hot ingredient this year, due to its status as a natural way to rid your body of toxins. Leftover from burnt wood and other substances, charcoal becomes “activated charcoal” when the charcoal is heated to high temperatures with a gas such as nitrogen, which causes the charcoal to develop internal pores and massively increase its surface area.

Activated charcoal has a variety of popular uses and has been used historically to relieve bloating and gas, to treat insect stings, and even whiten teeth. It has many health benefits, but these are some of the most popular reasons people use it:

Purify skin

You’ve probably seen many activated charcoal beauty products. Although it is not recommended for daily use it will work as a deep-cleaning product. Activated charcoal dries up oils and moisture from the skin, so avoid using it if you have dry skin. You can use activated charcoal as a facemask, a detoxifying shampoo, and even a deep cleaning body scrub.


Activated charcoal benefits major organs but helping the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause the damage. So, it can help preventing cellular damage to kidneys and liver, as well as supporting healthy adrenal glands. Relieve bloating It’s suggested that you drink lots of water when taking activated charcoal supplements. Take them between meals, when your stomach is emptier so that the supplement isn’t depleting vitamins and nutrients you do want.

Whiten teeth

Activated charcoal works to whiten teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. Simply use a regular toothbrush mix it with water until it is a thick enough consistency, brush your teeth gently and wait around 3 minutes before rising. Activated charcoal is odorless and has almost no taste, but is gritty so brush gently to avoid damaging your enamel.


How well-activated charcoal ‘works’ in this capacity is unclear. Many people have reported feel-good effects from trying juices containing it. However, because activated charcoal can take away with it many things, some argue it also takes away good nutrients that you want.

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