From time to time, activated charcoal is believed to be able to overcome the symptoms of poisoning. In fact, activated charcoal is also often used as a medicine to address various health issues and beauty.
Activated charcoal is charcoal made from natural ingredients, such as bone charcoal, coconut shell, olive seeds, and sawdust. Activated charcoal is different from ordinary charcoal because it is heated to very high temperatures, so it has various benefits for health and beauty. This charcoal is “activated” through the process by using a high temperature so as to change its internal structure.
Activated charcoal is different from ordinary charcoal because ordinary charcoal has not yet passed the activation process with such high temperatures. Although the ingredients may be the same, charcoal usually contains toxic substances for the body. Meanwhile, activated charcoal has been used for various medical purposes, even for beauty.
Generally, activated charcoal is consumed orally or applied to the skin. This substance is also contained in various products such as toothpaste and deodorant. Activated charcoal is often referred to as activated carbon too. The various benefits of activated charcoal for health and beauty are:
As already explained, activated charcoal has long been used as an antidote. This is because this thick black substance can bind toxins and prevent the absorption of toxins into the body.
Although often used as an antidote to poison, active charcoal can not overcome all types of poisoning. Types of poisoning that can not be treated with activated charcoal include the poisoning of strong acids, alkalis, iron, cleaning fluids, and gasoline.
Lower cholesterol levels
Although still controversial, some studies show that consuming 4-32 grams of activated charcoal can lower cholesterol levels in the blood, including bad cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol. However, its effectiveness still needs to be researched further as there are other studies that show different results.
Overcome digestive disorders
One educational center states that activated charcoal is beneficial in reducing gas in the gastrointestinal tract and overcoming bloating. However, other studies suggest that the benefits of activated charcoal in overcoming digestive disorders have not been proven.
In addition, the use of activated charcoal to treat diarrhea should also be avoided, as its effectiveness and safety are not yet known for sure.
Lately, many toothpaste products use activated charcoal content because it is believed to be able to make teeth whiter. Although many people believe in this, the effectiveness of charcoal in whitening teeth is still unclear. There are even studies that reveal that excessive use of charcoal toothpaste can damage the enamel layer of teeth and actually make the teeth look more yellow.
Brightens the skin
In the world of beauty, activated charcoal is often used for face masks. The use of face masks that contain activated charcoal is believed to make facial skin brighter and acne-free. This is because activated charcoal can reduce excess oil production and lift dirt that sticks to the face.
Although activated charcoal is believed to bring various benefits, do not use activated charcoal arbitrarily. It is best to consult a doctor first, as excessive use of activated charcoal or under certain conditions can cause side effects.
22nd July 2020 13:29