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CHARCOAL

It does way more than make your bagel look Instagram-ready – the black stuff can ease indigestion, improve cholesterol, and, yes, soak up your flatulence…

WHAT DOES IT DO?

*If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or under medical supervision, consult your doctor before taking supplements
. Words Laura Potter. Photographs iStock

What is it?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been treated with oxygen to increase its porosity and surface area, and is the type usually found in supplements, foods and beauty products. It’s used medically to treat poisoning as drugs and toxins adsorb or bind to it, stopping them from being absorbed into the blood. However, it also has legions of fans for its beauty and health-boosting benefits, with some more well-researched than others.

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