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Bentonite Powder (Calcium Bentonite)

Calcium bentonite is a medicinal powdered clay derived from deposits of weathered volcanic ash. Its main component is montmorillonite, a mineral named after the area in Western France where it was discovered—yet bentonite deposits are found widely throughout the world, varying to some degree in chemical composition as well as greatly in water content.

Bentonite clay is considered to be one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available, and has been recognized as such for many centuries by many cultures. The layered, charged structure of this liquid clay, once inside the gastrointestinal tract, is able to attract toxins like a magnet, but the clay itself is inert, which allows it to pass through the body undigested.

When bentonite absorbs water, it expands like a highly porous sponge. The toxins are drawn into its interspaces by electrical attraction and bound fast. According to some, the clay readily exchanges its own positively charged ions with those of toxins. According to the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, bentonite can adsorb pathogenic viruses, aflatoxins, and pesticides and herbicides. The clay is eventually eliminated from the body with the various toxins bound to its multiple surfaces.

As the colon becomes cleansed of toxins and pathogens, its ability to uptake minerals and micronutrients increases, making these nutrients and minerals more bio-available to the system.

Principal Authors: M. Ofiyeva
Date of Initial Publication: 07/05/2007
Article Last Updated: 03/10/2011