2. Relieving Gas and Bloating
Activated charcoal’s ability to bind gas-causing food byproducts within the digestive system makes it an effective treatment for indigestion, acid reflux and bloat. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that activated charcoal significantly reduced symptoms of bloating and abdominal cramps caused by gas after eating.
To aid with this discomfort, activated charcoal can be taken in pill, liquid or powder form. To prevent depletion of valuable vitamins and minerals, Best Health magazine says that it should be taken between meals when the stomach is emptier.