The Mystery Behind "Activated Charcoal"

Understanding How Activated Charcoal Helps Reduce Flatulence

EAST LONGMEADOW, MA- When people think about activated charcoal, the vision that sometimes "charcocaps_family"comes to mind is the charcoal briquette used in outdoor barbecues. "Not true," says gastroenterologist Patricia Raymond, MD, author and assistant professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. "Activated charcoal (or activated carbon) is charcoal that has been heated with steam to approximately 1000o C to create a very porous surface – so porous that it has an ‘internal surface’. In fact, a teaspoon of activated charcoal has the surface area of an entire football field," she explains.

She adds that these large surfaces adsorb not absorb. Adsorb means it attaches by chemical attraction and traps the chemicals, whereas absorb means penetration of a substance into another.

"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," says Dr. Raymond. "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."

Activated charcoal, such as the kind found in CharcoCaps® brand anti-gas formula, is a safe and natural substance that is effective for cleansing the body of unwanted materials and reducing intestinal gas, and is ideal to take when eating high-gas producing foods such as cabbage or beans.

"It adsorbs gases and toxins to the surface area of the charcoal molecules, which helps to relieve flatulence and gas pains," adds Dr. Raymond. "While sliding through the stomach and intestines, the activated charcoal does not get absorbed; instead it binds with toxins and other substances, which are then carried out of the body on the surface of the charcoal."

CharcoCaps is a natural internal detoxifier commonly used to help cleanse the body of unwanted material and naturally adsorbs the toxins in the intestinal tract, which will reduce gas and odor naturally. The activated charcoal also decreases the odor from gas.

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