Food, 20.11.2015

Superfood Sunday: Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is a superfood. Really? It sounds like one of those much sniggered about pregnancy cravings, but no, it seems that even queen of green, Gwyneth Paltrow, has switched to the black stuff. But we’re not talking BBQ briquettes here, activated charcoal – made from burning carbon sources like wood or coconut shells (not petroleum) – has actually been used for centuries to treat people with poisoning.

You see, charcoal has a porous surface, which is a natural magnet for toxins and impurities – your Brita water filter is chock full of it for this exact reason. Fans insist that a daily dose will likewise clean the digestive tract, help relieve gas and aid digestion. If you’d like to give it a shot, The East London Juice Company at Shoreditch Box Park will happily oblige… it tastes OK (in a charcoal type of way), but the gritty texture takes some getting used to.

Here at Frame we prefer to rub activated charcoal onto our teeth – yeah, crazy! But have you noticed our pearly whites recently? The porous surface of the charcoal works in exactly the same way on teeth naturally removing plaque, tannins and stains for a whiter brighter smile… after you’ve rinsed the black off that is!

Sister & Co. have a great Raw Coconut & Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Polish that we are stocking at the #MoveYourFrameShop in Kings Cross. It’s made with non-abrasive, premium activated coconut charcoal – ideal for dental use – in the Sister & Co. Coconut Oil base, which nourishes and strengthens your gums at the same time. Use it as often as you like, even if you have sensitive teeth.

Now, it probably won’t surprise you that charcoal can also be a great face cleanser removing grime and impurities from your skin. Or mix the charcoal powder from a capsule with a little coconut oil and brush on for the ultimate low cost, eco-friendly, smoky eyes… amazing!

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