Gillian Waddell, Managing Director of Fuel PR International, and Imogen Wolsey registered dietitian report: Food of the Month- Activated Charcoal- for health and beauty.
A charcoal based pizza for dinner might seem a little on the strange side at first glance, but with desirably detoxifying effects alongside teeth whitening outcomes this new food supplement has already been making its mark on the new year.
Activated by high temperatures, this by-product of burnt char and other substances is highly porous with a large surface area and a negative energy charge; helping to trap toxins and stop the body from absorbing them. This detoxifying property is the reason that activated charcoal was once used to treat poisoning and drug overdoses, and as it helps to clear unwanted products from the body it is also known to promote kidney function by reducing the amount of waste processed by these organs. Following the principle purpose of detoxification, activated charcoal has been known to decrease gastro-intestinal complaints such as gas and bloating due to the porous structure and binding capabilities. 50g doses should be taken up to 4 times daily in order to have the desired detoxifying effects.
Activated charcoal can also play a big part in beauty regimes; benefitting skin, hair and teeth. Using the same principles of drawing out imperfections within the body, charcoal can be used to draw out impurities from porous areas on the skin surface, such as when applied in the form of a face mask. Regarding dental hygiene, charcoal can also help towards a whiter, fresher smile by sticking to and removing plaque from teeth, although should not be used as a replacement to hygienic toothpastes. Lastly, charcoal may also draw grease away from the scalp in order to improve appearance and cleanse hair.
Examples of activated charcoal based products can be found in the cosmetic range by Amour Noir, who specialise in skin care and oral hygiene. As a family run company, Amour Noir brings innovative products to the market, such as a charcoal facemask and a tooth polish, sure to help you feel great.
References Levy, G. (1982). Gastrointestinal clearance of drugs with activated charcoal. Cooney, D. O. (1980). Activated charcoal: antidotal and other medical uses (Vol. 9). Marcel Dekker Incorporated. McLaughlin, Gerald. "Accelerated method and instrumentation for whitening teeth." U.S. Patent No. 6,108,850. 29 Aug. 2000.
For more information please contact Gillian@fuelrefuel.com or ImogenW@fuelrefuel.com at Fuel PR.