Activated Charcoal: Why It’s Suddenly in Everything?

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It’s funny how specific ingredients take over the whole world for a period of time. Right now, many foods, drinks, and beauty products come in black, and their color comes from a single ingredient they all use – activated charcoal.

What is activated charcoal? Charcoal comes from slowly burnt wood or plants. “Activated” one has been treated with a heated gas, which makes it very porous. Thanks to this process, activated charcoal serves as an excellent cleansing agent.

It’s not new in medicine – it’s been used in hospitals to help patients with poisoning or drug overdoses. Ayurvedic medicine has praised it for a long time. In Asia, many people use it for teeth cleanse.

And today, it’s in many modern cosmetic products, and it’s even used to dye various food and drinks black.

The benefits of activated charcoal include healing acne-prone skin, fighting odor, teeth whitening, digestive cleanse, toxin removal, etc.