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Is Activated Charcoal Beneficial?

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  • Bread, cheese, ice cream and burgers are just a few of the charcoal-infused foods that are on trend right now, along with skincare products and toothpaste
  • Charcoal made from the fine black powder of bone char, coal, coconut shells and more is “activated” at high temperatures, altering its internal structure to carry surface-bound toxins from your body and dispose of them through bowel movements
  • Used for centuries, activated charcoal was called the “universal antidote” since the age of Hippocrates for such problems as anthrax, vertigo and absorbing odors from rotting flesh; today it’s used as a skin cleanser and more
  • Activated charcoal is a binder, helping to rid the body of toxins — from snake bite venom (possibly) to heavy metals implicated in leaky gut — and to optimize cholesterol, improve kidney function and even prevent hangovers

By Dr. Mercola

The simple and quick answer to the titled query is a resounding yes, activated charcoal is beneficial. In fact, it might be one of the items to put into your emergency kit. While it might not be used as frequently as vitamin C, you could call it an "essential" item because it could literally save your life.

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