What are the unique uses for carbon black ?

What are the unique uses for carbon black ?

Vegetable carbon black is a type of natural edible color that is produced from plant materials such as coconut skin or from green bamboo, refined by the carbonization process at high temperature. Its production is through steam activation. Steam activation is achieved by charring vegetable fibers. To achieve this process, raw materials such as nut shells, peat, wood and cellulose residues are used. Also, this natural color, known as E153, is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU). This product is available in both liquid and powder forms and in different codes, soluble in water and also soluble in oil. It has excellent heat and light stability and works well with other natural food colors for custom combinations or color shade adjustments. Its color range varies from gray to black depending on the amount of use.

Applications of natural carbon black paint

Carbon black dye is rarely used directly in food because of its intense black color. This color is suitable for certain types of confectionery such as desserts or decorative ices. However, it can be used as a shading agent with other colors, thus increasing the intensity of the color. Natural carbon black color is widely used in confectionery, decorations, cheese coating, cosmetics, including face masks and toothpaste, pharmaceutical products, bakery products, substitute for black caviar and ice cream, especially charcoal ice cream. For example, it is said to whiten teeth when used as a mouthwash or in toothpaste, which it does by absorbing plaque and other tooth-staining compounds. Also, using this substance on your skin is useful for treating acne, dandruff, and insect or snake bites. 

Benefits of natural carbon black paint

This natural product has several potential health benefits

The natural dye carbon black has been used as an emergency anti-venom treatment since the early 1800s. This is because it can bind to a wide variety of drugs and reduce their effects. This substance may be used to treat overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and sedatives. Studies show that consuming 50 to 100 grams of carbon black within 5 minutes of taking a drug may reduce an adult’s ability to absorb that drug by 74%. Carbon Black is said to be most beneficial when taken within the first hour after an overdose or poisoning. However, more recent research reports several cases where it has been effective even after the first hour. This may be because carbon black not only stops the absorption of the drug, but also helps your body to eliminate already absorbed drugs faster. In a medical setting, an initial dose of 50 to 100 grams is sometimes followed by several smaller doses of 10 to 25 grams taken every 2 to 4 hours for up to 6 hours. This multiple-dose carbon black (MDAC) protocol may help with poisonings caused by slowly absorbed drugs. It is important to note that carbon black is not effective in all cases of poisoning. For example, it appears to have little effect on alcohol, heavy metal, iron, lithium, potassium, acid or alkali poisonings. Both old and new studies warn that carbon black should not be used routinely in all cases of poisoning. Instead, its use should be considered on a case-by-case basis by qualified healthcare professionals.

Carbon black may improve kidney function by reducing the amount of waste your kidneys have to filter. This may be especially helpful for people with chronic kidney disease. Healthy kidneys are usually well equipped to filter your blood, but this condition inhibits your kidneys’ ability to remove urea and other toxins. Carbon black may bind to urea and other toxins and help your body eliminate them,

Urea and other waste products can enter your intestines through a process called diffusion from the bloodstream. In your gut, they bind to carbon black and are excreted in the stool. Older human studies show that carbon black may help reduce blood levels of urea and other waste products, as well as improve kidney function in people with chronic kidney disease.

Reducing the symptoms of fishy smell syndrome

Carbon black may help reduce unpleasant odors in people with trimethylaminuria (TMAU), also known as fishy odor syndrome. TMAU is a genetic disease in which trimethylamine (TMA), a compound that smells like rotting fish, builds up in your body. Your body normally converts TMA to an odorless compound before excreting it in your urine, but people with TMAU lack the enzyme needed to make this conversion. This causes TMA to accumulate and enter the urine, sweat, and breath, causing a fishy odor. Studies show that the porous surface of carbon black may bind to small, odorous compounds such as TMA and enhance their excretion. One small, older study gave people with TMAU 1.5 grams of charcoal for 10 days. This dose reduced the concentration of TMA in their urine to normal levels. A more recent case study suggests that combining carbon black with medications and dietary changes may help reduce fishy odor in people with TMAU.

Lower cholesterol levels

Carbon black may help lower cholesterol levels. Research shows that carbon black may bind to cholesterol and cholesterol-containing bile acids in your gut, preventing their absorption. In one study, consuming 24 grams of carbon black per day for 4 weeks lowered total and LDL (bad) cholesterol by 25% each, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol by 8%. In another study, consuming 4 to 32 grams of activated charcoal daily helped lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol by 29 to 41 percent in people with high cholesterol levels.  According to all the researches, the use of carbon black is not recommended, except in food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and health products, etc. with a specific dosage, for personal use and without the prescription of a doctor or specialist.


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