Our body make use of the minerals presented in colloidal form that we often get from plants for the proper functioning. Minerals act as essential catalysts without which vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients cannot perform their tasks. However, in our time, because of cultivation methods, deficiencies in colloidal minerals are felt in the soil. Which means that it is more difficult for us to get these mineral nutrients from our diet.
Consequently, our general state of health very often suffers: fatigue, lack of vitality, weak immune system, accelerated degeneration, etc.
So supplementation is a good way to get optimal levels of these nutritionally important minerals.
What are colloidal minerals?
Colloidal minerals, also known as bioelectric minerals are ancient mineral nutrients extracted from shale deposits formed by the decomposition of prehistoric plant life. Historically, some Native American tribes used clay as a medicine.
The advantage of colloidal minerals compared to conventional minerals
A colloidal mineral derived from a plant is a microscopic particle with a diameter of about 0.0001 microns. Its size is on average 600 times smaller than that of a red blood cell. Particle size is an important factor in the absorption of minerals.
Colloids, due to their small sizes, do not dissolve and are instead part of a solution. Colloidal minerals, which are much smaller than pills or powders, break down much more easily and, due to the increase in their relative surface area, are better absorbed.
Chelated minerals are still the best source of minerals for humans. Trace elements of natural origin are naturally chelated with vegetable acids called fulvic acids. These acids in addition to chelating the mineral help them generate negative bioelectric charges that are the greatest benefit of colloidal minerals for human biochemistry.
Metallic minerals can accumulate in the tissues and cause calcification problems in the body. This can cause serious health problems, such as atherosclerosis and other heart problems, kidney stones, or bone calcification.
Indeed, the human organism is not designed to absorbed metallic minerals. It can only effectively assimilate minerals previously assimilated by plants or animals.
The microscopic size of fossilized minerals makes them highly bioavailable in humans.
Insufficient intakes of minerals (such as iron, calcium, and zinc) and vitamins cause major global health problems, which can be alleviated by food fortification or supplementation. By decreasing the particle size (i.e., increasing the specific surface area) down to the nanoscale the bioavailability can be enhanced, but this may also result in adverse effects such as higher toxicity.
“These products are fortified with bioactive agents, such as vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals, that exhibit specific health benefits. However, many hydrophobic nutraceuticals cannot simply be incorporated into food products because of their low solubility, poor chemical stability, or low bioavailability.”1
Organic colloidal minerals vs Inorganic colloidal minerals
Currently, there are two types of colloidal mineral products on the market.
- Inorganic colloidal minerals, which are a combination of soils and clays (dispersed colloids) and water (dispersing substance).
- Organic colloidal minerals, which consists of a combination of minerals derived from prehistoric plant material (dispersed solid) and water (dispersing substance).
All minerals, organic or inorganic are ionic. So all minerals carry an electrical charge. The positive or negative electromagnetic charge is a major factor in the intestinal absorption of colloidal minerals in your body:
Inorganic colloidal minerals made up of earth and clays, whether they come from ordinary or chelated inorganic sources, have a positive electromagnetic charge.
Colloidal minerals from organic sources consisting of minerals derived from plants have a negative electromagnetic charge.
The microorganisms present in the soil convert elementary inorganic minerals (or metallic minerals) into a form absorbable by plants. Plants absorb these minerals through their roots and, thanks to the phenomenon of photosynthesis, convert the positive electromagnetic charges on the minerals into negative.
All the living cells in your body produce a positive electrochemical gradient on the outside and a negative one on the inside due to the action of the sodium-potassium pump. Therefore, as the opposing charges attract, the positively charged intestinal wall attracts negatively charged colloidal minerals of plant origin more than their positively charged inorganic minerals.
What are the benefits of colloidal Minerals
Despite safety concerns, colloidal minerals are used as an additional source of trace elements and as a dietary supplement to increase energy. They are also used to improve blood sugar in diabetes, treat arthritis symptoms, reduce blood cell clumping, reverse early cataracts, darken gray hair again, remove toxic heavy metals from the body, improve general well-being and reduce pain.
Side Effects and dosage
The content of these products varies depending on the source of the clay. Some products may contain metals such as aluminum, arsenic, lead, barium, nickel and titanium, which can cause toxicity. The proper dose of colloidal minerals depends on several factors such as age, health and many other conditions of the user.
Make sure to follow the relevant instructions on the product labels and consult your pharmacist or doctor or other healthcare professional before using.
You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or modify any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and determine which treatment is right for you.
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