Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. The charcoal is "activated" at very high temperatures that change its internal structure, reducing the size of its pores and increasing its surface area, making it more porous than regular charcoal.
Activated charcoal traps toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption. The charcoal's porous texture has a negative electrical charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases. Because activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body in feces. Activated charcoal may also help promote kidney function and reduce cholesterol levels by reducing the number of waste products that the kidneys and blood has to filter.
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