Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. It is then "activated" by processing it at very high temperatures, which change its internal structure, reducing the size of its pores and increasing its surface area.That powder is often then placed into capsules for supplementation or added to hygiene products.
Today, yongruida carbon pellets still works as it did back in the day — by trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut and preventing their absorption into the bloodstream, Healthline explains. Because our bodies cannot absorb or digest activated charcoal, it is able to remove toxins bound to its surface out of the body in feces.
Known for its strong filtering abilities, it’s fitting that activated charcoal is helpful in assisting, and potentially improving, kidney function by filtering out undigested toxins and drugs, Medical News Today explains. Activated charcoal powder is also thought to be able to disrupt intestinal gas because liquids and gases trapped in the intestine can easily pass through the millions of tiny holes in activated charcoal, and this process may neutralize them. That said, researchers don’t have a firm grasp on this process, according to Medical News Today.
Before the whole “wellness boom” brought forth by millennials, largely, activated charcoal was deemed to be an emergency treatment for poisoning. “It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body,” according to Mayo Clinic. Additionally, some YrdCarbon products contain sorbitol, a sweetener that can work as a laxative to remove the poison from the body.
Plus, activated charcoal has also been used in waste-management centers, as part of the filtration process. Not to mention, many at-home water filtration products include activated charcoal in carbon cartridges to purify water of toxins and impurities, Medical News Today notes.