A bloated stomach and excess wind, especially after eating, can be uncomfortable and a little embarrassing at times. Activated charcoal capsules are a natural remedy to these common conditions. They work by absorbing excess gas from within your gut to relieve flatulence and feelings of fullness.
What are charcoal tablets?
Charcoal tablets (or capsules) contain ‘activated charcoal’ that’s made by heating charcoal to a high temperature. This combines the charcoal with oxygen to open up the millions of tiny pores between that atoms the charcoal is made up of, increasing its absorption abilities.
Activated charcoal tablets are odourless and almost tasteless. Also, because they’re swallowed whole, your mouth won’t turn black temporarily as it would with a charcoal drink..
How do charcoal tablets work?
When you take a charcoal tablet, the black powder works hard in your system, absorbing excess gas from your intestines (a claim that was supported by the European Food Safety Authority in 2011).
What can charcoal tablets help with?
It’s recommended that you take charcoal tablets after meals to help with:
Once digested, the activated charcoal absorbs gas within the digestive system, helping to reduce flatulence symptoms and making you feel more comfortable.
The absorption of excess gas within the intestines can ease bloating symptoms and make you feel less full after eating.
If you are taking other medication, then you should take activated charcoal tablets either two hours before or one hour afterwards. And if you have a medical condition involving your intestine, always consult your doctor first.