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Detoxify the body

Activated charcoal can improve kidney function by reducing the amount of waste products in the body that the kidneys must filter.

The process of filtering blood takes place well in the body when the kidneys are healthy. However, in people with chronic kidney disease, the elimination of toxic wastes becomes worse, especially the elimination of  urea  because the function of the kidneys is impaired.

Activated charcoal is proven to be able to remove toxins  (such as urea and  indoxyl sulfate) through urine according to the results of studies on rats.

In addition, activated charcoal powder also drags these toxins out of the body through the faeces – this result was demonstrated in a “trial” when people combined taking activated charcoal powder with a low-calorie diet. proteins from patients with end-stage renal disease.

In addition, activated charcoal has been shown to improve kidney function in people with chronic kidney disease, as well as reduce both blood urea and other toxins in people with the disease. end-stage renal disease in many other studies.

However, we still need more research evidence before we can conclude that activated charcoal or bamboo charcoal has a detoxifying effect on the body.

In particular, activated charcoal is also effective in reducing unpleasant odors in people with  fish odor syndrome  (TMAU – trimethylaminuria).

TMAU is a compound with an odor similar to that of rotten fish, which accumulates in the body. In healthy individuals, it is possible that TMAU will be converted to a milder odor compound and excreted in the urine. However, for people with fish odor syndrome, the body does not have enough enzymes to carry out this conversion, causing TMA to be accumulated for a long time in the body, which can keep the smell coming out in the urine. , sweat or breath.

According to the research results, it is proven that activated charcoal can reduce the fishy odor concentration of TMA in the urine.

Reduce cholesterol in blood

Activated charcoal has the ability to reduce cholesterol content in the blood because it can bind cholesterol and cholesterol-containing bile acids in the intestine, helping the body avoid absorbing cholesterol.

For example, according to the results of a study that took place in  4 weeks of 7 patients with high cholesterol, it showed that the body reduced total cholesterol by 25% and bad cholesterol by 25%, and increased HDL cholesterol by 8% by 8%. good to use 24g activated charcoal powder per day.

And there are many other researches  all with similar results, even these studies were conducted a long time ago, in the 1980s.

Reduce flatulence

The holes on the charcoal will have the effect of sucking up excess gas in the intestines, making the body not feel bloated, uncomfortable in the abdomen.

According to the results of a 2012 study, conducted on 45 people with a history of high gas in the intestines, showed: taking 448mg of activated charcoal 3 times a day for 2 days before the intestinal ultrasound examination and took an additional 672mg in the morning on the day of the test, there was a significant reduction in gas as well as an effective improvement in bloating.

In addition, in another study in 2017, activated charcoal was also effective in reducing abdominal pain without any side effects.

Improve diarrhea

When having diarrhea, the use of drugs to treat it may cause side effects that affect health. Therefore, some doctors even recommend that you consider using activated charcoal to treat diarrhea and bloating.

Thanks to the porous texture of the negatively charged activated carbon, they will tend to attract positively charged molecules – that is, toxins and gases. Activated charcoal will not be absorbed into the body, but will follow the stools out with the toxins attached to them.

That is the information from reviews of many other studies shows.

Remove mold

In our daily life, we may come into contact with a number of molds that seem to be less noticeable. Like that, they will gradually accumulate in the body and cause disease. Activated charcoal can bind to such molds, preventing them from being absorbed by the body by excreting them in the form of sweat, urine or feces.

Clean water source

Activated carbon has the ability to remove heavy metals and fluoride content in water, so it is often used in water purification systems. For example, in a 2015 test, a water filtration system using activated carbon for 6 months of use removed almost 100% of the fluoride in 32 unfiltered water samples.

However, they will not be optimally effective in killing bacteria, removing viruses or some minerals in the water that are harmful to the body.


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