So, the latest craze is activated charcoal. What is it exactly?
Activated charcoal is a highly porous material made from coal, wood, or other substances. It becomes "activated charcoal" when high temperatures combine with a gas, or activating agent, to expand its surface area enabling the charcoal to become more porous. This expanded surface area then enables the activated charcoal to attract and absorb certain substances.
The status of "superfood" is sometimes given to activated charcoal, but be cautious of this. Activated charcoal might be able to absorb "toxins" from your body but it will also adsorb other elements too. Such as important nutrients that your body actually needs to absorb.
Activated charcoal can also interfere with medications by reducing or preventing the absorption of these drugs. It can also alter your bodies electrolyte balance if taken with constipation medications. If you are considering using activated charcoal, please make sure you check with your GP first.