Activated charcoal supplements are popular with people who want to reduce the symptoms of excessive gas and bloating associated with digestion. Activated charcoal is an inert substance that is created by burning natural carbon-rich materials. The porous nature of the charcoal is what makes it “activated” and allows it to trap gas molecules, which may reduce the stomach gas that causes bloating. Because of its strong absorption characteristics, activated charcoal may also bind with and absorb other toxins in the gut, preventing them from entering the bloodstream. Because of this, we recommend that people avoid taking activated charcoal with any other nutritional supplements and/or medications that they might be taking.