Back In 1831, Professor Touery (in the presence of his colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine) drank a lethal dose of strychnine and to everyone’s surprise, survived! He had mixed the deadly poison with activated charcoal.
This is the reason why activated charcoal is commonly used as an emergency decontaminant when a person (especially children) swallows or absorbs almost any toxic drug or chemical.
What is the effect of activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal does not have any taste or smell. It is a non-toxic powder that has shown to reduce the absorption of toxins for up to 60%.
It is all in its ability to absorb chemicals, and “kill” their toxicity, through the digestive system. Said differently, activated charcoal stops the absorption of the poison.
Other ways of using activated charcoal is for treating hangover, reducing flatulence, treating hangover and bile flow issues in pregnant women, and lowering cholesterol.
What is it made from?
Regular charcoal is obtained from coconut shell, coal, petroleum, peat or wood. Activated charcoal is made similarly but it has a rather different application.
During the preparation of activated charcoal, manufacturers expose common charcoal to high heat. The gas they use in this process is supposed to develop internal pores. These tiny pores give charcoal its ability to “trap” toxins, and remove them from the body.
How to use activated charcoal properly?
Activated charcoal can be found in various forms: in powder, liquid or tabled form. You can actually chew these tablets. It is also found in numerous detox products.
Stir a teaspoon of activated charcoal into a glass of water. Drink this several times a day.
Note: Consult your doctor before you use activated charcoal, because it interacts with some prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Source: Best Healthy Guide