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Activated charcoal or carbon is a component of most water purifying systems. It is charcoal or carbon that is processed to introduce small pores all over its surface area, to make it suitable for adsorption or chemical reactions. Today its use in removing drug toxicity is known as drugs and toxins are supposed to bind to it, while in ancient times, it was used to relieve gastric pains (it is still manufactured by heating charcoal to very high temperatures in the presence of gases to form pores in it).

Some of its known benefits of are:

· Whitening of teeth because it removes impurities and bacteria faster

· Relieving digestive disorders

· Removing drug toxicity in cases of overdose of drugs

· Clears up acne on the skin, so is an ingredient in face washes

· Used in room purifiers as it adsorbs the stale air particles

· Used in water purification systems

· Used in wound care products to remove odors and promote disinfection

· Used in the food industry to bleach edible fats and oils.

· Ingesting it helps relieve symptoms of cholestasis in pregnant women, which is the reduced flow of bile in the bile duct, causing severe itching.

It is widely recommended for whitening teeth. In fact, one can use it directly on the teeth by dipping the toothbrush in it and brushing them like normal. After brushing one must rinse one’s mouth thoroughly and spit out the rinse without ingesting it. Then it is safe. It is best to leave no trace of activated charcoal in the mouth, because it binds anything and everything to it. Necessary medication, good bacteria, it binds the bad and the good to itself. In fact, in a lighter vein, it is called black sludge as metaphorically speaking, it goes about its way collecting stuff along your digestive tract!

Some FAQs

What are the benefits of active charcoal toothpaste?

The clear benefits are it removes stains, whitens teeth, and removes mouth odor.

Is there a best form of active charcoal?

It is said that coconut charcoal is the best form. This means that the source of charcoal is not wood, or an unidentified source, but it is coconut shells.

Which kinds of brands are there for active charcoal toothpaste?

The popular brands have an active charcoal variant. Its toothpaste is also available from small scale producers of it, who carefully prepare formulations using the best organic and natural components.

What systems of medicine used active charcoal in their cures?

Ancient Chinese, Ayurveda and Western medicine have used it in their preparation of ingested medicines for thousands of years.

Does a charcoal toothpaste have an expiry date?

At least a few brands have an expiration date of three years from the date of manufacture. Active charcoal by itself retains its porous structure and has no shelf life as such.

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