Updated: Nov 30, 2020
There are many people including some very respectable health care professionals who are stressing the importance of utilizing zeolite products with a specific Aluminum/Silica ratio. The logic stems from the idea that an improper ratio will lead to the absorption of aluminum and other metals in your body.
This whole debate began when an article surfaced suggesting that many zeolite products on the market are leaching toxic metals including aluminum and lead into your body. Conveniently, this was at the time of the release of this individual's zeolite supplement which he was promoting heavily. I don't want to judge the author of the article because I can't say for sure what his motives were in writing the article and I think he is doing a lot of good in the world but I can say that his article is innacurate and has lead to no small dissension in the zeolite community. Many respectable doctors and health care professionals read his article and took it to heart, without taking a deep dive into the facts to find the real truth.
The chemical name for clinoptilolite zeolite is aluminosilicate. So yes, zeolite does contain aluminum and silica. The key here is that zeolite is a naturally occurring volcanic mineral, so we can't control the ratio of silica to aluminum. If we tried to alter the naturally occurring structure of zeolite the efficacy of the product would go down and we would run into a whole host of other problems. Zeolite is a natural mineral and has a variety of elements in it. It is important to note that the structure of zeolite does not get broken down in the body. Because zeolite does not get broken down in the body, it does not leech any elements that make up the compound. Zeolite is not like an essential mineral that gets absorbed in the body and utilized for cellular functions. Zeolite is not absorbed in your body. It simply passes through your blood stream collecting positively charged toxic elements and then is excreted. Therefore you cannot overdose on zeolite and you cannot poison yourself with zeolite. Nothing in the structure of zeolite is bioavailable.
Remember Where It Came From
Remember that zeolite is a volcanic mineral....it originated from lava so you can imagine that it would take some pretty intense conditions to break it down. Zeolite can even be baked in an oven at high temperatures in baked goods and then consumed without losing any of its health benefits. 450 degrees in the oven is nothing compared to the temperature of hot lava which surpasses 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that the key to zeolite is that it does not break down, but rather passes through your body collecting toxic elements before being excreted.
To prove that zeolite stays intact and does not leach any elements from its structure, a 3rd party test was conducted by an accredited laboratory. The test, known as a gastric leach test, exposed a dose of the zeolite we use in ZeoBoost™ to a hydrochloric solution to mimic stomach acid—the harshest environment within the body. The results clearly demonstrated that our clinoptilolite-zeolite does not leach any metals when circulating in the human body.
Is Zeolite Safe:
Yes, absolutely...well at least the high-quality clinoptilolite zeolite we utilize in ZeoBoost™, I can't speak to the safety of other zeolite products on the market. There are hundreds of types of zeolite, but we are only talking about clinoptilolite-zeolite here, which is the only type of zeolite that is used in supplements. Zeolite is a volcanic mineral and has an array of elements in it because it comes from the core of the Earth. The cage of the zeolite structure is so strong that there is no condition harsh enough in the body to break it down. This means that nothing is leached from the zeolite structure.
Choosing a Quality Zeolite Supplement
It's important to choose a quality, effective zeolite product and also to take it at the necessary dose. Poor quality zeolite supplements may be contaminated with toxic elements which lower the total binding power of the zeolite in your body. Particle size in also important. A combination of small and large particle size offers the most comprehensive zeolite detox. For example ZeoBoost™ contains 80% micronized particles which enter the blood stream and search for toxic elements to trap. 20% of the zeolite is a larger particle size which sticks around in the gut and acts as a binder. Dose is crucial when it comes to detoxing with zeolite. A high-dose zeolite protocol is much safer and more effective than low dose zeolite supplements. More information on this can be found in my article "Zeolite: The Dosing Paradox." Another key is to utilize zeolite powder instead of so called "liquid zeolite" supplements that have recently flooded the market. Liquid zeolite supplements lack the dose, combination of large and small particle size and binding capacity needed for an effective detox. More information can be found regarding liquid zeolites in my article
ZeoBoost™ is a high-quality, powdered zeolite supplement offered at a fraction of the cost of many zeolite products on the market.
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