Dramatic impact on medicines: stay away from black food

With active carbon offset food medication consume

Again and again, foods that are treated with activated carbon to be touted as health-promoting. However, experts recommend that, to avoid the black food dear. Especially people who are taking medication, should better leave the fingers of it.

Black foods are in Vogue

Burger buns, pizzas, noodles or even water – black foods are in Vogue, especially among young people. For the coloring additives as, for example, activated carbon, a substance of the left as a natural and health-promoting touted. He should purify the body, skin and hair to detoxify and whiten teeth. Students at the Biberach University of applied Sciences wanted to know more precisely what the black food is actually in the human body, for example in connection with the taking of drugs.

With active carbon offset food like burgers are in Vogue. Experts advise, however, of the black dishes. Because they can interfere with the effect of drugs. (Image: grinchh/fotolia.com)

Effective in diarrhoea

Activated carbon produced in the partial combustion of carbon-containing starting materials, such as wood, peat or the husks of coconuts.

In foods you is authorised as an additive vegetable carbon, E 153.

The special feature of activated charcoal is that it binds substances. Due to this property of charcoal tablets are an effective remedy in diarrhoea and poisoning.

The carbon adsorbed pollutants, viruses, bacteria and their toxins. The body will be eliminated to the activated carbon-bound pollutants through the bowel.

Vitamins and minerals are no longer available

Because of this adsorbing effect, for example, advertised black Smoothies with a Detox effect.

However, there is no scientific evidence that activated carbon in food is detoxifying.

On the contrary, According to consumer advocates carbon in food is active is not unproblematic.

“You not only binds toxins, but also valuable vitamins, minerals or secondary plant substances, which the body then,” said Gisela Horlemann, nutrition expert with the consumer service Bavaria in the KDFB e. V. (CDB) in an older message.

In addition, it can come to Wirkbeeinträchtigung of drugs. It has also established a student team from the faculty of biotechnology, Biberach University of applied Sciences.

Unique Experiment-Results

In a communication from the University will be declared, investigated the students what happens when young women swallowing a contraceptive such as the pill, along with the black trend drink.

Because activated carbon has a very large, porous surface, and is administered in acute poisoning in order to bind the toxins.

Isabel Fouquet, Patrick Kopp, Iman Shrimo and Ramona Walder asked themselves the question: does this mechanism also on the mini pill and the containing material, Desogestrel? Coal actively compromised, so the contraceptive effect?

According to the report, the results of your experiment are clearly and “absolutely relevant to the Public”, as the supervising Professor Dr. Katharina Zimmermann says.

The scientist advises: “don’t touch with an active carbon offset foods when medicines are taken.”

No effect

The four students researched first, that at least 80 percent of the active ingredient must be included for a contraceptive effect.

Then the young researchers investigated whether the pill is after taking small amounts of black water at all evidence, and a sufficient quantity Desogestrel stands for the contraceptive effect.

According to the figures, a commercially available tablet containing 75 micrograms of Desogestrel, was dissolved in the test series in 50 milliliters of black water and the amount of free drug that is not bound to activated charcoal.

As a counter-sample of the same experiment with pure water was carried out. This showed that If the drug is dissolved in pure water, the active substance is very well detectable.

However, in the case of the samples that were dissolved in it with activated carbon-infused water, it could be proven there is no free active ingredient: The remaining amount was below the detection limit and, of course, below the amount for the contraceptive effect.

Serious problems revealed

The biotechnologists had expected that less active ingredient would be detectable, finally, the effect of activated carbon is known to you.

“However, we have not expected, that there is no Desogestrel is undetectable,” says Isabel Fouquet.

“With their Experiment, the students have uncovered a very serious problem, which seems to be playing all at the same time drugs taken, possibly even for vitamins a role,” says Professor carpenter. (ad)