Before we review Nature Way Charcoal we will first look at the reputed benefits of Charcoal, as listed by Webmd.com:
Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.
Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas (flatulence), lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy. Activated charcoal is good at trapping chemicals and prevents their absorption.
Nature's Way Activated Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood) is one of the finest natural adsorbent agents known. Each particle contains many small chambers and cavities that bind-up unwanted material or gas. Activated Charcoal is commonly used to adsorb digestive gas. It also protects the body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Due to its large surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption properties, meaning that it keeps certain substances from being absorbed in the body's gastro-intestinal tract.
Charcoal is one of those old fashioned remedies which is often forgotten, when the next new thing comes along. This is a shame, as it is a product that works. Chewing any old lump of charcoal will not help, you have to seek out ‘activated’ charcoal.
The Natures Way Activated Charcoal is an excellent example of it’s type. If you were considering trying out charcoal, this would be a great place to start. If gas and bloating are problems for you then this product will help to alleviate the symptoms. Charcoal is a very specific product, targeting very specific symptoms, which with IBS is a relief.
Do not expect this product to ‘fix’ your IBS, for it will not. It is not a magic potion, it is an old fashioned and effective way of treating gas, and we would highly recommend it if this is a problem for you.
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