Truths and misconceptions about activated carbon

There are many more or less well-founded rumors about activated carbon. It is most often used for medical purposes, but in recent years it has also been used more and more often in cosmetics. What is true about him and what is not?


Activated carbon is a strong absorbent, which means that it binds molecules, ions and atoms and removes them from the solute.

When we talk about activated charcoal, we mean fine, odorless black powder that helps the body cleanse itself of toxins; for example, doctors often use it in the emergency room to treat overdoses of various substances. It is mainly characterized by good absorption of toxins, which prevents the body from collapsing or poisoning.

What is activated carbon anyway

It is a different substance from that found, for example, in burnt wood, charcoal bricks or charred pieces of food. Activated carbon is made in a special way that allows it to be extremely absorbed; it can bind molecules, ions and atoms to itself and thus remove them from the solute. The production thus includes heating and overheating of carbon-rich materials, among which are mainly peat, coconut shells, sawdust, wood …

Activated charcoal, teeth


Today, many activated charcoal-based products are advertised to help increase tooth whiteness, but there is no evidence to really confirm this. However, activated carbon can seriously damage the enamel due to aggressive particles.

How it helps us

Surely you know that activated charcoal is an indispensable remedy for poisonings; we think of it in case of strong worming or pain in the abdomen or stomach. But that’s not all. Active oil can also help the kidneys – by filtering undigested toxins and medications. As scientists have found, it is especially effective in removing toxins from urea, which is the main product of protein digestion. Some research is needed, but the first results show that activated charcoal is supposed to help improve kidney function and reduce gastrointestinal damage and inflammation in chronic kidney disease.

Water filtration

Activated carbon has long been known as a natural activated water filter. Just like in the gut and stomach, it also works in water: it absorbs harmful substances, viruses and bacteria. Therefore, in the filtration of water, especially in the affected areas, carbon filters are used to remove impurities from it.

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