- Reduces excessive and foul-smelling flatulence.
- Helps to eliminate bad breath related to abnormal fermentation in the gut.
- Fights toxins and bacteria.
Charcoal is an activated vegetable charcoal supplement in vegetarian capsules, for tackling bacteria, toxins, and above all, gas. Sometimes described as a ‘band-aid for the gut’, you can buy this supplement to help eliminate flatulence, belching, aerophagia (excess swallowed air), as well as bad breath related to abnormal fermentation in the gut. These benefits will help improve oro-gastro-intestinal health.
Charcoal is primarily aimed at:
Activated charcoal is charcoal that has undergone an activation process to give it an expanded, porous surface. This is made up of microcrystalline graphite layers with numerous pores, the number and size of which depend on the raw material and quality of activation.
Charcoal is obtained from a resinous wood, and then ‘activated’ to produce a network of ultra-fine pores.
Although passing gas through the rectum is a completely normal physiological process, in excess, it can be a major handicap. On an empty stomach, the average volume of gas in the gut is around 200ml, but around 600ml of intestinal gas (with a variation of 475ml-1500ml) is released each day via the anus (1).
On average, people pass gas 10 times a day, though this varies significantly between individuals. There is undoubtedly a correlation between the frequency of flatulence and the volume of intestinal gas (2).
There are two main factors behind the production of intestinal gas:
Flatulence may also be related to rare malabsorption conditions, lactose intolerance or the inability to burp out enough swallowed air. Flatus, or intestinal gas, is primarily composed of nitrogen (over 90%), as well as hydrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, hydrogen sulphide, (responsible for the smell), dimethyl sulphide, and skatoles, which are mostly responsible for the noise (4).
Almost half of all people who complain of excessive flatulence produce no more gas than other individuals, but they retain it for longer (5). Others are affected by increased fermentation.
Around 20% of Western populations suffer from bloating and embarrassing flatulence. For the majority, mostly women, these flatulence problems are accompanied by symptoms such as abdominal tension, an unpleasant sensation of pressure, rumbling, bloating and even pain – felt predominantly around the navel and lower abdomen (6). However, the symptom considered to be the most troublesome remains abdominal distension which can be objectively measured and is therefore not simply an impression. In those affected, there is generally impaired abdominal wall muscle tone: retention of gas produces a paradoxical relaxation of the muscles involved in maintaining tone in the lower abdomen.
These symptoms are normally worse at the end of the day but are relieved by defecation.
Active charcoal supplements must be taken after meals, and not at the same time as medication.
Drinking alcohol is not recommended while supplementing with charcoal capsules as it may reduce its ability to absorb gases and toxins (7). Taking oral medication may have the same effect. Activated charcoal should therefore be taken over an hour after ingesting either of these, and after consulting a health professional.
As soon as symptoms appear, it’s appropriate to start a course of charcoal supplementation for a few days. At the same time, you would increase:
As soon as your symptoms have gone, gradually return to your normal diet, reintroducing the foods mentioned above bit by bit.
You can also buy at Supersmart other detoxification supplements that may be of interest:
This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to follow the guidelines on how to take it and the recommended dose, and to use it by the ‘best before’ date. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children under 15. Keep out of children’s reach. Store in a cool, dry place.
|Daily serving: 9 capsules
Number of servings per bottle: 22
|Quantity per serving|
|Activated charcoal||3.6 g|
|Autres ingrédients : Gomme d’acacia, farine de riz|