Is Charcoal the ultimate detox?

Charcoal is sweeping the health and holistic world, as the new way to clean your body from the inside by removing toxins.

Activated charcoal can help to detox and cleanse your body.
Activated charcoal can help to detox and cleanse your body.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is usually derived from coconut shells, wood or peat. The charcoal becomes ‘activated’ when exposed to high temperatures which create extremely porous pockets. Toxins are attracted and strongly bind to the charcoal like a magnet – and stay attached until they leave the body.

Is it safe to use?
It is non-carcinogenic as it is activated by steam and the charcoal is not digested, according to Charcoal is frequently used in medical settings for treatment of poisoning and drug overdose.

What are the benefits?
Activated charcoal can detox and cleanse your body by removing toxins. Other benefits include:
Relief from indigestion, bloating and gas
A flatter stomach
Improved digestive system
Increased energy levels

How do you have it?
Although it sounds less appetizing than your usual green juice, charcoal can be seen sweeping across Australia’s trendy juice bars and health stores. There are three different types of charcoal products we tried:

  1. About Life Charcoal Detox water (RRP $4.90). Pre mixed and ready to drink, ingredients include: water, apple, lemon, activated charcoal and Himalayan rock salt. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

2. Key Pharmaceuticals Charcocaps (RRP $18.95) 60 capsules. Activated charcoal capsules. 1-4 capsules three times a day. This is your best option if you are put off by the idea of drinking charcoal.

3. Pure Eden’s Activated Charcoal Powder (RRP $13.50 for 70g, $22.50 for 150g. Claims to be the best single detoxifier for whole body cleansing and restore the body to its natural and proper condition. Ingredients: 100% activated coconut charcoal. Mix 1-2 tsp of powder with water.

These products are available from About Life stores. Visit for more information. Always discuss with a doctor before trying charcoal as it may interfere with medication.

Holly Buckingham

Holly is a nutrition graduate originally from the U.K. She has a love of all things health and well-being and enjoys trying out the latest trends. Passionate about travel, you will find her by the beach daydreaming about her next adventure.

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