Effect of Activated Charcoal on Hypercholesterolaemia

Lancet. 1986 Aug 16;2(8503):366-7. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(86)90054-1.

Abstract

Seven patients with hypercholesterolaemia were treated for 4 weeks with activated charcoal at a dose of 8 g three times a day. Plasma total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol decreased by 25% and 41%, respectively, whereas HDL-cholesterol increased by 8%. Side-effects were negligible.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure
  • Charcoal / therapeutic use*
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Drug Resistance
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / blood
  • Hypercholesterolemia / physiopathology
  • Hypercholesterolemia / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged

Substances

  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Charcoal
  • Cholesterol