Zeolite as a method of detoxification has become very recognized in the last few years. Whether one is looking to clean the environment or the body, zeolites like clinoptilolite are very beneficial. There is one major caveat when it comes to using clinoptilolite for consumption. Clinoptilolite is a naturally occurring insoluble volcanic crystal, which acts as a molecular sieve in the environment to bind heavy metals, toxins, bacteria and other volatile organic compounds which are all things you don’t want to knowingly ingest. This is the problem with powdered and liquid suspension zeolite products available on the market today as consumers run the risk of adding more toxins to the body by using products not properly prepared for consumption.
To get the highest benefit from a clinoptilolite product you need to have a formulation that has cleaned the cage structure as well as addressed the issue of solubility. As previously mentioned, clinoptilolite and other zeolites are insoluble. This means they can’t permeate cellular membranes and no matter how well you dissolve a powder in water (suspension), when ingested they can only work as far as the gut.
Many “claims” are made today regarding the particle size and solubility of Zeolite derived products being sold through practitioners, via direct sales and on the retail market. A major component lacking in this market has been real science to support any of these claims. Recent advancements in the processing of zeolites have created a new category in the space, i.e. soluble zeolite fragments.
Let us look at some of the differentiating factors:
- Soluble zeolite fragments are in solution. Via a proprietary process, clinoptilolite is cleaned, cracked, and solubilized creating zeolite cage fragments that are clean and small enough to become water soluble and capable of permeating cellular membranes. Some of these fragments are small enough to possibly cross even the blood-brain barrier.
- These soluble Clinoptilolite fragments are in solution and proven by particle size analysis. Most other zeolite products on the market in water are suspensions of Clinoptilolite. Powdered Clinoptilolite will not go into solution alone. This is why it is used for water filtration and environmental cleanup such as oil spill remediation.
- Powdered Suspensions are good for the gut and GI tract. The insoluble nature of Clinoptilolite does not allow it to cross the water-soluble membrane of the GI tract.
- The raw powdered zeolite, which other zeolite companies use to finish their “formula”, is what is used as a raw ingredient to create the soluble Clinoptilolite fragments. Other companies claim to process their zeolites and this is mostly a cleansing process if anything. Due to being unable to break down the structure of the zeolite itself, these suspensions may carry heavy metals, viral particles, bacteria or other toxins in them.
- Solubilized Clinoptilolite fragments are pure and clean. The process breaks apart the structure of the honeycomb cage and cleans the binding sites of the fragments leaving them open and unobstructed. This is proven with heavy metal and chemical analysis of the solubilized Clinoptilolite concentrate.
The solubilized Clinoptilolite fragments are the gold standard for zeolite formulation and they may just be the gold standard for systemic detoxification of heavy metals and environmental toxins. Further scientific analysis will validate this in time. Until that time they are the premier adjuvant to support the natural detoxification process of the human body.