Activated Charcoal: Just a Fad or Here to Stay?

According to an article on Yahoo Health, the latest “it” ingredient in the world of juicing and detox is—drum roll, please—activated charcoal. To be clear, this is not the same type of charcoal you use to sear your summer steaks. Activated charcoal is a fine, porous carbon powder that supposedly binds to toxins in the gut and helps flush them out of your system. In fact, ERs have used activated charcoal for years in overdose and other toxicity cases. But now, consumers are adding activated charcoal to their health regimens. Some juicing companies have even responded to this consumer interest by unveiling activated charcoal drinks. However, there are reasons to be cautious about using activated charcoal on a regular basis. In addition to possibly binding to toxins, it might also bind to beneficial substances like medications and certain nutrients, preventing them from being absorbed by the body. There could also be a risk of constipation with overuse.

Source: Yahoo Health

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