Activated charcoal is used to treat stomach pains from gas, diarrhea, or other stomach issues.

Activated charcoal is used to treat stomach pains from gas, diarrhea, or other stomach issues.

Recently a client of Inner Garden expressed concern that activated charcoal might absorb nutrients from the GI tract. I did a little sleuthing on the internet and found that indeed vitamin C and some B vitamins are absorbed by activated charcoal, along with a handful of medications (see link below). So daily or regular ingestion of activated charcoal is not a good idea. However, from my experience working with activated charcoal in a laboratory setting, I do think it is an important part of any cleansing/detoxification program. In my first job out of university as a chemistry lab technician I did a lot of organic synthesis (simply put, I made organic compounds). Unless they envelope a metal ion all organic solids are white (and colorless in solution), but invariably by the end of the chemical reaction I was left with a black solution, due to a small amount of unintended side reactions. Much like a badly seared steak, black molecules are damaged molecules. In the lab it’s standard practice to use activated charcoal to clear away the black, damaged molecules, and I found after using charcoal I was consistently left with a 97-98% yield of my desired product. So, in my experience, activated charcoal is remarkably specific for, and effective at, binding damaged, toxic molecules.

everydayhealth.com/drugs/activated-charcoal


Dr Valerie Farina
Dr Valerie Farina

Dr. Valerie Farina received her PHD in Naturopathy at Bastyr University in 1997. Her training there also included Colon Hydrotherapy. Valerie managed a colon hydrotherapy clinic in Vancouver where she gained extensive experience on the best techniques for optimal results with her clients. Her work history include Naturopathic Physician here in Vancouver; a Laboratory Technician in Melbourne, Australia and a High School Science Teacher in Silicon Valley. In recent years Valerie has turned her focus to food sensitivities and gastro-intestinal health.

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