Posted on | March 15, 2013 | Comments Off on What is a Zeolite?
Within the last decade, more and more people are becoming aware of the supplement zeolite and how it can improve their health. Yet, there are still many people out there that are not fully aware of this amazing mineral and how it can improve their health.
In general, zeolite is a natural crystalline mineral that is extremely porous. There are about 160 types of natural and synthetic zeolites. The natural forms were created by the Earth millions of years ago when volatile volcanoes erupted and ashes from their explosions settled on bodies of salt water. Eventually, the mixture of this ash and alkaline water formed the strong structure of zeolite.
The Structure of Zeolite
Zeolite has a unique structure, which is similar to that of a honeycomb. Each tiny cavity within every piece of zeolite is negatively charged. This allows for positively charged molecules to be pulled in and trapped in its pores. Zeolite also has a very strong cage-like structure which prevents the zeolite from being broken down. In addition, this cage structure also protects the bond between the zeolite and any positively charged molecules that were drawn into this mineral. As a dietary supplement, zeolite is able to pull positively charged toxins, such as heavy metals, out of our cells and trap them in its cavities. After being loaded with toxic materials, the zeolite is able to safely travel through the body, and is eventually expelled, without exposing you to these toxic materials.
Zeolite for Human Consumption
There are hundreds of different forms of zeolite, which can be classified into three categories: fibrous, leafy, and crystalline. Out of all these various forms of zeolite, only one type of zeolite, clinoptilolite, is safe to ingest. All zeolite health supplements should only consist of natural crystalline clinoptilolite.
Zeolite for Human Consumption vs. Commercial Uses
Clinoptilolite is safe to consume, but NOT ALL CLINOPTILOLITE IS SAFE TO INGEST. Most clinoptilolite deposits are naturally found in the Earth amongst deposits of heavy metals. When this is the case, the zeolite, because it’s so absorbent, will suck up these surrounding metals causing the zeolite deposit to become contaminated. Zeolite deposits that are contaminated are usually utilized for industrial purposes, such as for pool filtration, concrete filler, or as an additive for cat litter. Zeolite from North America and Asia are known for being the dirtiest and most contaminated by heavy metals, and should only be used for commercial reasons—never in a dietary supplement.
Despite the fact that a zeolite deposit might be contaminated, this does not stop many unscrupulous companies from using it in their health supplement products. One way to make sure that you are not purchasing dangerous, polluted zeolite is by simply calling the company and asking where they get their zeolite. Many American based companies will get their zeolite directly from a local commercial mine and do not want to pay the extra cost of having pure zeolite imported.
Also, you might be able to tell if your zeolite is contaminated or loaded with some other substance based on its color. Zeolite supplement companies will often try to sell you on the unique color of their zeolite, creating a connection between color and purity. Don’t fall for this! The color is only indicative of an additional substance being present. For instance, zeolite that appears to be green may be contaminated with dangerous amounts of copper or manganese, while pink zeolite indicates significant amounts of iron. Clinoptilolite that is pure and safe to consume will always be off-white or grayish color.
Milling vs. Micronizing
Whether or not a zeolite health supplement is milled or micronized indicates a lot about the quality of the product. Milling is done at the mine, wherein machines are used to pulverize the zeolite into a powder. When milling is done, the honeycomb-like structure of the zeolite is often destroyed, and is broken down into tiny fragments that no longer resemble zeolite. Milling is a suitable process for zeolite when used for commercial purposes. Yet, milled zeolite used in dietary supplements can be dangerous because the tiny broken pieces are no longer zeolite, but a pool of other substances that once made up the zeolite structure. These zeolite fragments will not detoxify and could do more harm than good.
Micronizing, on the other hand, keeps the structure of the zeolite intact. Micronizing is an expensive process that most supplements companies do not want to pay for because it significantly cuts into their profits. Specialized machinery is needed for the micronization process. Within these machines, lasers gently slice through the pieces of zeolite, safeguarding the honeycomb-like structure. Micronized clinoptilolite is perfectly safe to ingest and will work to detoxify the body. You can easily tell the difference between milled and micronized zeolite powder just by the way they look. Milled zeolite is grainy and has the consistency of sand, while micronized zeolite smoother and has the constancy of flour.
Zeolite You Can Trust
ZEO Health manufactures the best zeolite and highest quality health supplements on the market. Their products meet and go beyond all the established criteria for high quality zeolite. It does not originate from North America or Asia, and it is mined specifically for human consumption (not for commercial purposes). The company spends extra money to have the zeolite micronized, which clearly shows that they are more concerned about your health than your money. ZEO Health’s zeolite is also the purest zeolite compared to any other zeolite health supplement.
All of ZEO Health’s products can be purchased through Regal Supplements. Regal Supplements also has their own line of supplements that go beyond zeolite, and offer discounts for more bottles of each product.
Posted on | November 21, 2013 | No Comments