According to Kusin and Sasson, the body already has organs such as the kidneys and liver to filter out impurities. What’s more, they say, activated charcoal only removes toxins in the stomach—it doesn’t purify your blood.bulk activated carbon pellets

Says Kusin: “I don’t see any true health benefit of popping charcoal supplement pills. »

The amount of charcoal administered in the ER for drug overdoses—about 25 to 50 grams for an adult—is roughly 100 to 200 times the amount you’d get in a typical 250-milligram supplement, Kusin explains. One or two charcoal pills, or a pinch of powder in your smoothie, won’t “detoxify” anything, especially because its limited function relies so much on being used almost immediately after a poison is ingested.

Though charcoal in such small doses has no known safety risks, it’s also difficult to be certain exactly what you’re getting when you buy any supplement or natural product. As Consumer Reports has reported previously, supplements are regulated much more loosely than FDA-approved drugs, so something like an activated charcoal supplement or smoothie doesn’t necessarily contain what is advertised on the label.

Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry group, says that the general lack of scientific proof supporting popular uses of activated charcoal is not uncommon with popular home remedies.

« People like to use mint after a meal to help with digestion or to soothe their stomach, » MacKay says. « Is that proven to work through clinical trials? No. Are there a lot of people who enjoy the way it makes them feel? Yes. Is it appropriate? Well, consumers want these options. »powdered activated carbon manufacturers


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