Logic, on 15 August 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:
Im just glad Activated Charcoal is getting the attention it deserves here at last.
I have activated charcoal but am unsure when to take is as it absorbs AGE"s and toxins etc it makes sense to take it just before eating, but one does not want it to absorb the good stuff.
I did get what Niner said, but is that really the case?
Well, I wish I knew. It's a tough call, because foods have exogenous AGEs, at least if it's cooked food, and those are proven bad actors. Food also has bacterial endotoxins that survive cooking- lipopolysaccharides, that are highly inflammatory. These are found in both plant and animal foods, though they are higher in animal products. So there's reasons to want to absorb toxins from food, but food also has vital nutrients. Some of those nutrients aren't released until hours later, when gut bacteria have done their thing. I don't know what the best approach would be; we could try to keep the dose on the low side, or cycle it, or take it with food one day, away from food the next. In the animal experiments that I'm aware of, the charcoal was in the feed, 100% of the time, and the animals didn't seem to have any obvious problems. Not only that, but the rats live a hell of a long time, which is kind of the proof in the pudding that taking it with food isn't that bad.
Logan, on 17 August 2012 - 04:35 AM, said:
I'm surprised that activated charcoal went this long without serious consideration here. There were a few studies out there, and one of them was from a loooong time ago. I've seen that it got attention quite a while back on other life extension websites, but I don't think it ever did here.
I wonder how long activated charcoal sticks around to have a toxin absorbing effect. Is the fact that it's still in my poop a good 15 hours after the last time I took it any indication of it having had an impact for a fairly long time?
Yeah, it's really weird, considering all the bullshit potions people have tried. I'm not sure how this stayed so far under the radar. Right now, I think it's being eclipsed in our brainspace by C60.
You can pretty much see what the transit time of charcoal is. One thing I don't know is, depending on where it is in the gut, is it more or less effective? There's probably very different substances in the small intestine, compared to the large intestine, for example. For the animals that were taking it as a mixture in their feed, the charcoal would have been somewhere in the gut 100% of the time.