Norit Activated Charcoal
Anyone would probably at any of his or her lifetime be prescribed the activated charcoal pills for easing some stomach discomfort, from general indigestion to food poisoning. This activated charcoal is actually a carbon with extremely porous form to allow it to adsorb excess stomach gas, most chemicals and poisons ingested, thus, make it handy to have during your travels and at home for emergency food poisoning before sending a doctor. It is considered a very safe product since it will not be absorbed into our blood system after ingestion, those whom have taken it would know where it ends up in the toilet with those chemicals and poison ingested.
I do a review here on Norit, a product from Netherlands comes with 200mg activated charcoal in a capsule form, it is still considered quite a new product in Malaysia, but in actual fact that not known to many locals that it has been long and indeed a product leader in worldwide market, in which it is claimed that over 6% of the world population or half a billion, have been consuming water purified by Norit activated charcoal. The manufacturer, Norit Pharmaceuticals, also provides the raw material of its activated charcoal to another well known brand in Malaysia.
Norit activated charcoal comes in the capsule form, the gelatin used for the capsule is sourced from bovine, that has been certified halal from Spain and at the time of this writing, application of the halal certificate from Malaysia is in process. I like the fact that the capsule form make it easier to swallow compared to the tablet form, why, as you won’t find it is trying to suck all your saliva along your throat that make you feel like you are being choked compared to taking them in tablet form. This is indeed helpful if you don’t have much drinking water with you during travelling, or for kids (above 6 years anyway) to want to swallow it, ever remember how was the experience when your kids swallow their first medicine in pill? Well, activated charcoal in tablet form is much worse for them than you can imagine.
Besides, Norit is ‘purer’ in a capsule form without much added ingredients to make it a tablet (you need more stuff to mix with to make something into a solid tablet form), by taking note that the more ingredients you mixed with any activated charcoal, the more portion of the charcoal is used up by them, which is actually for adsorbing chemicals and poison in the guts. The rule of thumb in consuming any activated charcoal is: other than water, don’t take any other things else together with it as they will all be adsorbed and ended up in the toilet together with the charcoal. Thus, also remember when next time you were prescribed activated charcoal in which you still need to take other medicines like for hypertension, or with the anti-diarrhea pills, be sure you take them in separately at different time.
Norit, throughout my practices, is mostly effective recommended for cases like stomach discomfort due to food indigestion, flatulence (excess wind in the stomach), and mild food poisoning. It is anyhow not that favorable in treating stomach cramps that you mostly need Hyoscine, and excess wind from irritable bowel syndrome which you need to tackle at the wider aspect like choice of food and stress management.
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