On the Internet, the idea is often shared that activated charcoal has a fat-burning function and a previous intake of it will make us lose weight. Let’s see how true this statement is.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a substance that is generally sold in capsules or in small tablets and even bottles in pharmacies and herbalists. It usually contains charred coconut shell. Our digestive system tolerates it well, does not absorb it and expels it naturally with the feces.
It is an ultra “adsorbent” substance that is used for multiple purposes precisely because of this characteristic. By containing pores of sizes less than one nanometer, it manages with very little quantity to capture a large volume of different substances.
What is activated charcoal used for in people?
- It is used in the emergency room to treat patients who have ingested an overdose of a drug or toxic, to do the classic “stomach lavage”, so that the charcoal traps the content that still remains in the stomach undissolved, preventing all the medicine or harmful substance is absorbed through the digestive tract and passes into the blood. Obviously, if it has been a long time since the ingestion of the substance, the charcoal will no longer be of great help.
- It is also used to treat flatulence (gas) and diarrhea. Activated charcoal adsorbs bacteria that are in excess and that are causing gas from food fermentation and / or diarrhea. It traps bacteria, traps gas, traps mucus and traps water, helping to normalize intestinal transit.
- In detoxification or cleansing cures for capturing free radicals , additives, dyes, microorganisms …
Activated charcoal for weight loss
Activated charcoal does not lose weight, nor is it a fat burner. It prevents small molecules from being absorbed through the digestive tract, but it is not able to block the absorption of food. It will flatten our belly only if its swelling is due to the presence of gas, not because it makes us thin. It can also be effective against bad breath secondary to a digestive disorder.
Can activated charcoal harm us?
- Yes, it can harm us. Just as it traps harmful substances, it traps substances that we need, such as iron, calcium, other minerals and some vitamins, so it is not recommended in continuous treatments.
- It interferes with the absorption of medications.
- It is contraindicated in the case of allergy to the compound, intestinal obstruction or presence of diverticula
How and when can we use it?
We must use the remedies in a rational way, for what they are indicated and not get carried away by fantasy. Likewise, we must follow the leaflet to know what the appropriate dose is. Before the slightest doubt, always consult the pharmacist or your doctor.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.