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2 Healthy Uses Of Activated Charcoal

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Overdoses are usually treated with activated charcoal, a fine, odorless black powder commonly found in emergency departments. Its toxin-absorbing qualities have a variety of medical and cosmetic applications, but none of them have been scientifically validated.

In terms of health advantages, activated charcoal, a refined form of charcoal, aids in the detoxification of the body system. The process of making activated charcoal begins with thorough heating of the charcoal at a high temperature. Poisoning and overdose are believed to be treated with Charcoal.

Activated charcoal can be used in a variety of ways.

Activated charcoal has been approved by the World Health Organization for the treatment of overdoses and poisonings in the event of an emergency. However, some supporters have recommended activated charcoal as a cure for an ever-growing list of illnesses due to its potent toxin-clearing qualities.

There aren't enough conclusive, large-scale studies to prove activated charcoal's benefits. To defend their benefit claims, many over-the-counter (OTC) products depend on the basic chemical principles of activated charcoal. Some evidence supports the following uses of activated charcoal:

1. Kidney health.

By filtering out undigested poisons and medications, activated charcoal may be able to help kidney function. Activated charcoal appears to be particularly effective at removing urea-derived toxins, which are the most common byproduct of protein breakdown.

More study is needed, although some animal studies suggest that activated charcoal can help people with chronic renal disease improve kidney function and reduce gastrointestinal damage and inflammation.

2. Diarrhea.

Because activated charcoal is used as a gastrointestinal absorbent in overdoses and poisonings, some people may recommend it as a treatment for diarrhea.

Researchers found that activated charcoal may be able to prevent bacteria and medicines that cause diarrhea from being absorbed into the body by trapping them on its porous, textured surface in a 2017 assessment of previous trials on the use of activated charcoal for diarrhea.

In comparison to typical antidiarrheal drugs, activated charcoal had little negative effects, according to the researchers.

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