Where to Buy Activated Charcoal

Bulk Activated CarbonActivated charcoal is relatively inexpensive for just how effective it is at relieving gastrointestinal problems and absorbing toxins from our body.

This page lists the best places I’ve found to get activated charcoal online in easy to take capsules and bulk food-grade powder.

Tablets or Capsules?

Activated charcoal tablets are popular but I personally prefer and recommend capsules over tablets for two reasons.

Firstly, the capsules will naturally disburse more quickly in your stomach than tablets. As detailed in the last page on how to take charcoal, it’s important to take activated carbon on an empty stomach, well away from food, so you can’t rely on a tablet mixing with food to break it up more easily.

Activated charcoal should always be taken with a large glass of water, which will further help capsules to break apart and release their contents. The same can’t be said for tablets though.

The second reason is that capsules don’t usually have the binding agents that are required for tablets so you’re generally getting more of the product for your dollar with capsules versus tablets.

Food-grade Activated Charcoal Capsules

Nature’s Way make very good food-grade activated carbon capsules available at Amazon with 100 capsules and currently the best seller at a very low price. These are a good choice for occasional use and it can be worth keeping a bottle at work as well as home if you find it beneficial for digestive problems.

For a larger size, Source Naturals have charcoal capsules available in a 200 caps bottle at iHerb. As with all iHerb links on this website, there is a $10 discount on your first order at the checkout and free US delivery or $4 International delivery if you live outside of America.

Bulk Carbon Powder

For more regular use, such as for teeth whitening or skin treatments, or to keep an emergency supply for accidental poisoning, this bulk charcoal powder provides the best value. You can use a small amount of the powder mixed into a glass of water for a very inexpensive way to get all the digestive benefits of activated charcoal.

There’s no taste to activated carbon powder so no need to sweeten it. Just add a small amount, perhaps just a quarter of a teaspoon, stir it up and drink it down.

Many people also report brushing your teeth with activated charcoal powder is great for teeth whitening. Just a little on the end of your toothbrush gently lifts off and polishes away plaque and yellow stains far more effectively than whitening toothpastes.

Capsules can also be opened for the same purpose but this high quality coconut shell charcoal food-grade powder has many positive reviews, is great value and would last even regular users for many months.

Some sources also recommend activated charcoal made from coconut shells as being slightly more porous and absorptive of toxins than regular activated carbon made from hardwood.

Activated charcoal can be extremely effective for relieving flatulence problems. It does, however, have to be taken at certain times and in a certain way that may make it less suited for everyday use. Ideally, it is best kept as an occasional, but powerful remedy.

Next is a look at something that is also useful for reducing flatulence while at the same time being enjoyable to drink and beneficial to your digestion in general — Ginger Tea.

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Dianne Mitro

Just wondering how careful should I be when taking activated charcoal, when I also take Synthroid, Hydroxzine, Ranitidine & LansoVitprazole, Celebrex, B2 & B-Complex, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Fish cod liver tablets, Vit. E & a one a day.


Hi Dianne and thanks for your question. There’s more details here https://flatulencecures.com/how-to-use-activated-carbon-flatulence but basically you want to avoid taking these medications and supplements within several hours of taking activated charcoal and take it on an empty stomach with a big glass of water.

Hope this helps


Thanks for this excellent post. Could you please explain to me what’s the difference between food grade activated charcoal and industrial grade? What about the acid used to activate the charcoal? Are they still harmful to our body or after the activation, there’s nothing left of the acid used during the process? The reason why I’m asking these questions is I live in Taiwan and couldn’t find any food grade activated charcoal powder locally, there are some imported capsules but the prices are very high. The only powder I found here is sold for external use (soap, mascara, etc.). So I’m wondering if I can use this one instead.

Thanks for your help/suggestion.


Hi Michael. As I said in the article I’d definitely only use food grade. Other types of charcoal may have additives that could be dangerous.

Hope this helps.


Where do we usually buy activated charcoal? Which is more effective to remove bad odors, activated or the natural that is use for grills? Thx


Hi Jaz. These at Amazon are good value and effective https://flatulencecures.com/go/charcoal-capsules Definitely don’t use charcoal for grills, only food grade activated charcoal.

Hope this helps,



I would like to know if this would be safe for a person who has had part of their bowel removed. Thank you


Hi Lee,

You’d have to consult your doctor on that as it’s a very specific case sorry.

All the best,



is it good as a bodyscrub together with the seasalt ?


Hi Joey,

Activated charcoal is often used in skin treatments to draw out impurities so it could be used for this purpose. It would likely be more effective if it can stay on the skin for a while. It won’t stain and easily washes off.

All the best,



Can i use charcoal on my skin…..is it safe n frm where i can buy charcoal powder….is it harmful for my skin…i m worried about it….


Hi there,

Charcoal is often used in skin treatments and is good as a natural face scrub.

All the best,



Can I have a place that selll charcoal powder I’m in South Africa and dying of ulcers


Hi Lulama,

I think you’ll find iHerb with $4 International delivery and $10 off first order at the checkout would be cheaper than anywhere in South Africa https://flatulencecures.com/go/iherb

All the best,


Sharon kerubo

Hi,where can i get this activated charcoal,i really need it for my teeths,pliz inform me


Hi Sharon,

The blue links in the article have the best activated charcoal I’ve found https://flatulencecures.com/where-to-buy-activated-charcoal

All the best,


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