activated charcoal in a spoon laying on some bricks of charcoal

Activated Charcoal: How It Works and Why

Non-toxic, odorless, and tasteless, activated charcoal is the kind of black powder that doesn’t blow things up. It actually adsorbs the explosion, reducing gas and bloating in the tummy and intestines.

Activated charcoal’s negative electrically charged surface causes the body’s positively charged toxins and gases to bond with it. It traps and helps expel these unwanted substances, thus relieving the pain and pressure caused by bloating and excess gas.

Activated charcoal is far different from the charcoal briquettes in your grill, because of the way it is processed. Created from compounds like coconut shells and bamboo, charcoal is activated with gases when very high temperatures change its internal structure, resulting in the extremely porous activated charcoal state.

According to a recent online article from emedicine health, activated charcoal has millions of tiny pores that capture, bind and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals and gases up to 1,000 times its own weight. That’s why CharcoCaps® so effectively supports the relief of gas and stomach bloat*. Medicinal or activated charcoal works so well with removing gases and toxins from the body and safely carries them out while preventing further bloat, but these are hardly the only uses for medicinal grade charcoal.

There are plenty of other uses for this porous powder. Consumers all across the world wide web have suggested many other uses for it. Here are the ones we’ve seen.

Other Uses for Activated Charcoal

  • Improving digestion
  • Whitening teeth
  • Enhancing skincare
  • Relieving the itch and pain of insect bites
  • Purifying both air and water

It’s important to note that before making any dietary change, you should first visit a physician for a complete exam. This will rule out any conditions, which could be more serious.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Food Matters, “10 Activated Charcoal Benefits & Uses,” by Laurentine Ten Bosch,

emedicinehealth, “Activated Charcoal,” by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP,

PMC, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, “Activated charcoal for acute overdose: a reappraisal,” by David N. Juurlink,, What is Activated Charcoal Good For? Benefits and Uses,” by Alina Petre, MS, RD (CA),, “Activated Charcoal,”

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