While browsing local news, a picture of a completely black drink popped up. A local Metro Detroit juice bar posted a new addition to their menu – activated charcoal lemonade. Lynn Domzalski of “Beyond Juice” said that this drink gained popularity this year, especially in California and New York, and Metro Detroit customers have been asking for its addition to the menu.
A $9 drink contains charcoal, apple, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, lime, mint, maple syrup, and filtered water. Because the juice used is 100% fresh and unpasteurized, the drink needs to be refrigerated for up to 3 days. It is recommended to shake the drink before consumption to mix the charcoal with the juice. The taste is pleasant, similar to a light low-sugar lemonade; the taste of the charcoal is not noticeable at all.
The charcoal used in this lemonade as well as different types of detox supplements is activated (made from wood, bamboo or coconut shells), easy to absorb and safe to consume. It captures everything in your digestive tract including all the toxins, making it a great addition to detoxification programs.
“It’s so absorbent, in fact, that it’s commonly given to those who have been hospitalized due to toxin exposure or drug overdose in order to flush the toxins from their system,” reported Eat This, NotThat! (ETNT).
People use activated charcoal to get rid of toxins, help fight hangover and food poisoning, and cleanse the intestines and colon. As an after effect, it can give a person a flatter stomach and provide more energy.
Studies Done on Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal was heavily studied in 1980s and numerous reports can be found on activated charcoal significantly reducing the symptoms of intestinal gas, bloating, and cramps.
University of Michigan Health System recommends charcoal for poisoning: 50-100 grams for adults and 10-25 grams for children. The dose for preventing intestinal gas is 500-1000 mg per day, and 4-32 grams per day to lower blood cholesterol. The hospital references 14 studies from 1980s and 1990s.
Something to Consider Before Consuming It
Another company that makes the drink, LuliTonix from New York, warns against drinking this on a regular basis as it can cause constipation. They also note that it is important not to drink this within 2 hours or taking important supplements or medications, as the charcoal will absorb and eliminate those things out of your body.
Time Magazine also noted that it is important to remember that charcoal will bind to anything that is absorbable, so it can also draw out and remove nutrients from the body. Eating nutrient-rich food and taking charcoal on the same day, especially at the same time, might be counter-productive.
Taking the research and warnings into consideration, it is important to treat anything with activated charcoal as a once-in-a-while detoxification tool, and not a daily drink.
Where to buy it?
Charcoal Lemonade at Beyond Juice will be available in November, according to Domzalski. Ask your local juicer if they offer it or are willing to add it to the menu. You can also order it online with overnight delivery from LuliTonix (10 items order minimum).
Activated charcoal itself can also be purchased in capsules. There are many products on the market with really good reviews, especially for using the product for intestinal issues.
Making Your Own Charcoal Lemonade
To make your own lemonade you will need:
16 oz of filtered water, 1 organic lemon, 1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup, 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal, 1 pinch of Himalayan salt, and fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or basil (optional).
Full recipe with directions is available at Holistic Health Herbalist and the video below:
This article is for informational purposes only and should not constitute medical advice. Consult a licensed naturopathic doctor for more information.