Charcoal is based on the pattern structure is a form of amorphous carbon material consisting mostly of free carbon and has the inner surface so that it has a high absorption.
Do you know if the charcoal is useful for human health? Perhaps there are many among us who do not know if the charcoal has health benefits. Yes, it is true since time immemorial humans have started using charcoal as a drug or they can be to beautify themselves. But from time to time, the benefits of charcoal increasingly recognized and packaged in various packaging very attractive so it has a special attraction for consumers.
In fact, today charcoal is already in use for health. Charcoal is called ‘activated charcoal’ or charcoal that has been activated. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been passed through a particular process to produce pure charcoal. Here are the benefits of activated charcoal for health:
1. Treat Poisoning
Activated charcoal may save someone’s life who were poisoned. The ability of activated charcoal that absorbs harmful substances is very helpful in case of people suffering from poisoning, even after the substance is absorbed by the body. Activated charcoal can also help save lives someone who had overdosed, such as:
- Overdose as medical drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen
- Overdose is caused by morphine or cocaine
- Pesticide poisoning
- Overdose as mercury, lead or other chemicals
However, not all of poisoning can be helped by using activated charcoal. Activated charcoal can not function if poisoning such alcohol , cyanide, iron and some types of acids that can be directly absorbed by the body tissue quickly.
2. Treat Animal Bites
Many studies have shown if activated charcoal can treat poisonous animal bites. Activated charcoal can cure the bite of insects like spiders, bees, snakes and able to absorb toxins from animal bites quickly.
3. Get Rid of Pimples
Benefits of activated charcoal can help you get rid of pimples that appear on any body part. Currently available are packed with activated charcoal capsules. If you are using activated charcoal powder from the capsules, you can mix the activated charcoal with water or aloe vera.
Then, use the mixture to clean face or body acne. Although made from charcoal that has a black color, activated charcoal will not leave the black color of the skin.
4. Lighten Skin
Skin care products are now many are using basic ingredients active charcoal. Such as scrub, bath soap and facial soap. Regular use can brighten even whiten the skin and make the skin more healthy.
5. Whiten Teeth
in addition to health, activated charcoal can be used to whiten teeth. If you think a black substance that can not be used to whiten, then you are wrong. You can use regular charcoal but it would be better if you use activated charcoal to whiten teeth.
activated charcoal for health are usually already into powder or by using activated charcoal with toothpaste to make teeth whiter. Use regularly so that the result can be a maximum, but not too often because it can erode tooth enamel just use twice a week.
6. Reduce Abdominal Pain
If the stomach was bloated, you can consume activated charcoal to relieve gas in your stomach. Bloating is usually caused by the consumption of foods such as beans, which is known as the food that get produce excess gas in the stomach.
In addition to bloating or excess gas in the stomach, activated charcoal may also help alleviate nausea and vomiting. But you must remember, activated charcoal should not be consumed every day. Use once in a state that was already desperately need the help of this actived charcoal.
7. To Detox the Toxins in the Body
As you already know that activated charcoal is a substance that is highly effective to absorb substances or toxins, many people also use activated charcoal to detoxify toxins in the body. Use once a week if you want to consume activated charcoal for detoxification.
You also need to consult a doctor about how much activated charcoal should be needed for consumption. Drink a lot of water if you are consume activated charcoal, otherwise you can be easily attacked by constipation.
Side Effects of Using Charcoal
Besides having a very useful benefits, actived charcoal also has side effects that if we over consumption will cause a dangerous thing for the body. The following things – things you need to consider regarding this activated charcoal:
- Using activated charcoal to be consumed continuously can cause constipation, because it has absorbing properties so that fiber helps digestion been absorbed
- In more serious cases can cause electrolyte imbalance in the body if activated charcoal consumed concurrently with drugs – drugs to treat constipation such as sorbitol
- If you are consume drugs such as acetaminophen, aspirin, you should select which one is better in consumption, because if you consume after or simultaneously with active charcoal will be less than the maximum absorption of the drug and certainly didn’t issue the desired pharmacological effect of these drugs.