What is Activated Charcoal & What Does it Do?

What is activated charcoal? And does it do everything that it is claimed to? Activated charcoal has gained social media coverage over the past two years—promising anything from whiter teeth to a cleaner digestive system. The articles that I have read conflict each other in the stated benefits, the dosage, the evidence and the side effects. So is there any REAL evidence?

Capsule of activated charcoal opened onto a white table

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