Activated Charcoal, an Age-Old Remedy for Reducing Embarrassing Gas, Now in Easy-to-Swallow Capsules for Everyday Gas Relief
When people think about activated charcoal, the vision that sometimes comes to mind is the charcoal briquette used in outdoor barbecues. Not true. Activated charcoal (or activated carbon), which is safe to ingest, is charcoal that has been heated with steam to approximately 1000o C to create a very porous surface — so porous that is has an ‘internal surface’. In fact, a teaspoon of activated charcoal has the surface area of an entire football field.
The use of activated charcoal dates back centuries ago as a natural internal detoxifier and was commonly used to help cleanse the body of unwanted material and assist with the healing process of the body. It is also widely used as an emergency antidote to treat certain kinds of poisoning (overdose) in humans by helping to prevent absorption of poison by the stomach and small intestines.