Activated charcoal is experiencing a moment in the spotlight. This distinctive black powder has enjoyed a revival in the health scene — it’s being used in soaps, smoothies, and even deodorant. That’s right: People are entrusting their body odor to the “cleansing” powers of the ash-like substance. But does the stuff really even work?
The truth is that not very many studies have been conducted to back up the powder’s popularity.
Regardless of whether or not it has any scientific backing, it makes for an aesthetically interesting smoothie bowl. Instagrammers, juice shops, and wellness gurus have been tossing the stuff around like confetti, probably due to its visual impact.
The problem arises when people start using the powder in ways that are useless, or even harmful. Many Americans have begun taking pills infused with activated charcoal with hopes that it will help regulate their hormones, clear their skin, and even defy aging. But could these seemingly benign products be doing more harm than good? Read on for the good and bad ways to use this latest trending product.