Activated Charcoal: Uses and Risks Hmmm. Never heard of this, but a friend of mine brought me over a bottle and told me to take one or two capsules (260mgs) twice a day...cuz it will detox my body of harmful things rummaging around in my intestines, gut, etc. I took one about 6 hours ago..so..I am still alive with no problems so far, lol. Anyway..interesting reading in the link above. And, I thought I would ask if anyone else swears by it?