What You Need to Know About Activated Charcoal

Get the scoop on the trendy ingredient you’re seeing everywhere.

What You Need to Know About Activated Charcoal

By Reina Berger

These days you can't turn a corner without hearing about activated charcoal. Found in the form of powder, pills, cubes, granules, chewable tablets, and facial pads, this ingredient is trending everywhere. Social media feeds are spilling over with images of black ice cream, hamburger buns, smoothies, and more. While this ingredient is having a major moment in the sun, it has already been used all over the globe for centuries now. If you want to find out the benefits and common uses of activated charcoal, keep reading!


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How the Activation Process Works

Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is commonly found in the form of tiny black beads or sponge-like material. Often used for detoxification, you will find activated charcoal in water filters and other methods of purification. In order for charcoal to become activated, the carbon has to make contact with oxygen. When the oxygen hits the carbon, it creates small holes that interact with the charcoal to increase the surfaces available for chemical reactions.

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