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5 super surprising health benefits of activated charcoal

If you’ve seen someone smiling with what looks like black tar over their teeth when scrolling through Instagram, you’re not alone in thinking ‘what on earth is that!?

It’s activated charcoal, which can be likened to coconut oil due to it’s similar benefits and uses.

Activated charcoal has super detoxifying capabilities. After the charcoal is burned and activated, a material is made that can capture, bind and remove heavy metals, chemicals and poisons. Intrigued yet?

Check out the top 5 benefits of activated charcoal.

5 super surprising health benefits of activated charcoal

1. Whitens your teeth

Activated charcoal absorbs plaque build up and microscopic particles that cause staining (yes – including coffee stains). Brushing with the black paste can also change the PH balance in the mouth, which helps prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. 

2. Reduces cholesterol

A study was conducted on 7 patients with high cholesterol, where they were treated for 4 weeks with activated charcoal at a dose of 8g 3 times a day. This resulted in their total cholesterol to decrease by 25% and 41%.

3. Beats the bloat

Some researchers say that when you consume activated charcoal, it traps toxins in the charcoal’s minuscule pores. This allows toxins to be removed from the body and in turn relieve gas and bloat.

4. Prevents ageing

Activated charcoal can trap impurities found in tap water. Therefore, many have begun to wash their face with a charcoal face wash or a mask to assist with cleansing and detoxifying.

5. Can assist a hangover

Okay. So this is interesting. We read that in SOME cases where patients have had to have their stomachs pumped due to excessive consumption of alcohol (or had severe food poisoning) – activated charcoal was used to help ‘trap’ toxins and chemicals – almost like a sponge.

It’s also thought that it can absorb heavy metals and chemicals from the body WHILE strengthening the adrenals, kidneys, and liver.

To learn more about activated charcoal – we suggest chatting with your local health store owner. We also suggest chatting to a professional such as a GP, naturopath or health store owner before trying activate charcoal for yourself.

If your’e ready to detox, why not try our Super Greens?

As busy mums we’re all about healthy shortcuts. As such we’ve created a way for you to get a shot of energy-boosting superfoods into your body by barely lifting a finger. You’re welcome!

We’ve managed to pack 37 ingredients from real food sources into our amazing Super Greens. Our ultimate aim is to give busy mums an energy lift. Most of all, breastfeeding mums don’t miss out because it’s one of a few on the market that’s breastfeeding friendly.

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A powerful energy boost

When you’re conscious of what you’re putting into your body, you need to make every mouthful count. This is why this amazing powder punches well above its weight.

A snapshot of how powerful Super Greens is, this product…

  • has 56 more times the vitamin B12 of a beef steak.
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  • has 11 times more iron than red kidney beans.
  • contains 50 times more vitamin B12 than an Atlantic salmon.
  • has 11 times more vitamin C than 100ml of orange juice.
  • contains as much calcium as one litre of milk.
  • has the same vitamin C as half a kilo of red capsicums.
  • has as much B12 as 77 eggs.
  • contains four times as much calcium as almonds.

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written by:

Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!