Q and A: Taking Activated Charcoal will it adsorb Nutrients, Vitamins, Digestive enzymes, Amino acids

Question:

Howdy….Wanted to get your opinion on this because I didn’t see anything on your site.  If the following statement is correct, do you advise taking a nutritional shake of some sort an hour after taking the Charcoal to replenish what was taken out?

“For a long time there has been some difference of opinion as to whether or not charcoal will adsorb necessary nutrients as well as poisons. Dr. Holt states: “It is now very clear that activated charcoal will adsorb not only poisons but also vitamins, digestive enzymes, amino acids, and other valuable nutrients from the gut. Such losses if continued will seriously affect health, but are of no importance in situations of acute poisoning.”

Answer:

Hi, we get asked this question a lot and it is covered in our frequently asked questions page which you can find here.
If you can send us the studies that prove this and make it ‘very clear,’ we would be very interested to see them.
In the book CharcoalRemedies.com, there is an interesting study done years ago by Russian scientists with activated charcoal and old lab rats that shows that the activated charcoal taken orally by these rats increased their life span by 34% longer than the rats that did not receive it, although their lives had been identical all their life and remained identical except for the mortarsupplementation of the activated charcoal powder. It doesn’t sound like they were being nutritionally compromised.
There is a lot more info about this but in closing here is another study that I just recently shared on our blog but is always worth repeating that came from the pen of David Cooney PhD (Chemical Engineering, University Wyoming).  Dr. Cooney spent much of his chemical engineering career researching and studying activated charcoal, and wrote books on activated charcoal which are considered by many the benchmark of activated charcoal. I personally trust his research.
“Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. … 5 % of the total diet was charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH.”  excerpt from Activated Charcoal, Antidote, Remedy and Health Aid, by David Cooney

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