The health benefits of this activated carbon-based material are more than just myth. By David Smiedt
With all the technological advances in modern medicine, you’d think that something as old-fashioned as charcoal would be an anachronism in contemporary hospitals. But you’d be wrong. Activated charcoal – which has been treated with oxygen to open millions of pores in its atomic structure – is still the go-to substance when it comes to preventing certain poisons from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
Hopefully you’ll never have to rely on the toxin-ejecting power of charcoal in a medical situation, but however you harness its abilities, the process is the same: It’s called “adsorption”, in which one item passes into another. It involves the particles of one substance clinging