Activated charcoal has been used for over 100 years, primarily for its ability to bind and remove toxins and other compounds, including gases, from the body. The activation of charcoal creates a highly developed pore structure with a high surface area containing carbon moieties, such as carbonyl and hydroxyl groups. These moieties bind to a variety of toxins in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract within minutes of contact, thereby minimizing their systemic absorption.1 Activated charcoal binds to toxins without being absorbed and passes through the GI tract unchanged, without modifying the microbiome.2,3
Several clinical trials also indicate that activated charcoal may reduce intestinal gas by directly absorbing gas or gas-producing substrates.4 In a double-blind clinical trial using lactulose as a substrate, activated charcoal reduced both breath hydrogen levels as well as bloating and abdominal cramps attributed to excess gas.5 It has been shown to be effective for reducing the amount of gas present when given prior to abdominal ultrasounds without side effects, thereby improving the visualization that intestinal gases may obscure.6
|Active ingredient (in each capsule)
Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Lecithin, Purified Water.
Adults and children 12 years and over:
• Take 2–4 softgels after meals, as needed. May be repeated in 2 hours.
• Do not take more than 16 softgels in 24 hours
Do not use
• in children under 12 years of age except on the advice of a doctor
• within 2 hours of another medication as the effect of the other medication may be reduced
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms reoccur or last more than 2 weeks.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, call a poison control centre or get medical help right away
Contains no artificial colours, preservatives or sweeteners; no dairy, starch, sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, corn, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts or GMOs