Nice cream just got healthier.
It might sound a little strange but the addition of charcoal powder really enhances the nutritional profile of this recipe. It is great for detoxification, aids digestion, promotes healthy skin and helps to whiten teeth… Some say it can even prevent hangovers!
4 frozen bananas, chopped
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp tsp charcoal powder
1 tsp raw honey (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to bowls and top with blueberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes and/or banana.
We have more accumulated toxins than ever before from numerous sources, often resulting in significant health issues, which is why Activated charcoal has received attention and increased in popularity recently. Equally, like most health trends, taking this substance has also come under scrutiny and criticism, which in itself is not a bad thing, however some negative reports are simply based on the fact that the writer has not heard of it before, so to them it is new. Whilst the use of Activated Charcoal is not new, it can be difficult navigating through the inconsistent research and conflicting information.
The following dot points aim to clarify what is and isn’t known regarding this supplement.
- Charcoal has been used medicinally as a detoxifying agent for hundreds of years in Ayuvedic and Chinese medicine and is still today used as an effective counter poisoning agent in hospitals (usually in combination with gastric emptying) in cases of accidental or intentional poisoning or overdose.
- Charcoal tablets have been available for purchase in health food stores and chemists for decades, primarily recommended for bloating and gas. There are also published journals on the effective use of charcoal in reducing intestinal gas and bloating.
- Charcoal has also long been recommended as a useful addition to a first aid kit, particularly when travelling. This of course does not replace seeking medical assistance in cases of poisoning of any kind.
- The mechanism of action is that the charcoal binds to the toxin in the gastro intestinal tract (the charcoal is not absorbed), and then the toxins are eliminated along with the charcoal.
- Activated charcoal has an affinity to bind with certain chemicals and micro-organisms. However, there is insufficient research to demonstrate how selective, or otherwise, this process is.
- There has been some speculation on whether charcoal also binds to nutrients and there is lack of human trials to clarify this. There have been animal studies, however, that have not demonstrated a loss of nutrients, even with long term use.
- It is likely that the charcoal may bind to some proportion of nutrients, however unlikely that it would render the substance devoid of all nutrients.
- With regard to teeth whitening, the charcoal does need to be in contact with the teeth, hence it is sometimes found in toothpaste.
- Use of Activated Charcoal also has a long history in water filtration and purification, removing toxins, without removing all minerals and salts.
- We recommended choosing a good source of activated powdered coconut charcoal and not using every day or for long periods of time.
- Always remember to drink plenty of filtered water as with any detoxification program.