Although consuming activated carbon may seem harmless, there are several reasons to avoid it
What is this?
Activated carbon is a black powder obtained from the combustion of coconut shell, peat and timber (in particular poplar, willow and birch). First it is subjected to combustion in an oxygen-free environment and then activated to give it the typical porosity and therefore the capacity to absorb.
Activated carbon should not be confused with what is used to make barbecues, even if the materials with which it is built are the same. In fact, the charcoal has not undergone the activation process at high temperatures: it therefore contains various substances that are toxic to humans.
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Vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants
Activated carbon also binds to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Avoid taking it along with fruit and vegetables.
The same happens with some medications, including some antidepressants and anti-inflammatories, making them less effective.
Absorb only what is in the stomach
Another limitation is that it absorbs only the particles it finds in the stomach. So it is absolutely useless to take it if we want to have the benefits of the kebab we ate or the cocktails we drank the night before. They have already been absorbed.
Some intestinal problems
It slows down the work of the intestine and can cause nausea and constipation.