Zeolite is a generic term used to describe a class of microporous crystalline minerals made from aluminosilicates that offer special qualities as catalysts and adsorbents.
Raw clinoptilolite zeolite is one of the most abundant and commercially utilized for its ability to attract positively charged heavy metals, ammonia, toxins and radioactive isotopes.
The clinoptilolite mineral rocks themselves are typically a gray-green to beige color with an irregular-edged shape. Under microscopic inspection, however, their fine clay-like powders reveal a unique framework of channels and cavities which can capture smaller molecules within their honeycomb cage-like structures, basically acting as natural filters.
Natural zeolite "rocks", like clinoptilolite, are present in the earth's crust and sediment layer formed from the geological compression of volcanic ash and marine water over thousands to millions of years.
These surface deposits are found all over the planet and are easily mined and used for industrial and commercial applications such as livestock feed, water treatment, hazardous waste cleanup like glyphosate contamination (*) as well as ecological and nuclear disasters. (*)
Likewise, clinoptilolite zeolite is also manufactured for oral intake as a supplement
to support the human detoxification process. These tasteless and odor-free products are commonly taken with water in the form of a powder or liquid solution.
Acting in a chelating manner, supplementation can encourage the elimination of toxic substances we are all invariably exposed to in our daily lives. Clinoptilolite powders are not technically "digested" by the body as the molecular structure remains intact. It simply passes through the GI tract releasing toxins it collects via the channels of elimination.
Therapeutically consuming forms of "earth", like clays, charcoal and zeolite, is an ancient practice and some health experts would argue should be a periodic component to detox protocols at least once or twice a year.
Not all zeolite products, however, are created equal. Below we present our researched information that may be useful when selecting the best clinoptilolite zeolite supplement for your intermittent cleansing regimens.
There are basically two general types of clinoptilolite zeolite on the market in the U.S. and Canada. We classify them as:
Commercial-grade clinoptilolite is specifically marketed for industrial, household or environmental purposes. This granular raw rock material is not intended or advertised to be used internally by humans as a dietary detox supplement.
QUALITY supplement-grade clinoptilolite products ALWAYS undergo additional steps that make it better for human consumption. One being a purification processing technique, in addition to a micronization procedure which creates an ultra-fine powder.
Similar to activated charcoal powders, zeolite is an "adsorbent" material. Often referred to as a "molecular sieve", it provides a type of cationic exchange whereby its overall negative charge attracts smaller positively charged toxic molecules. These substances are adsorbed to its honeycomb cage-like structure and are then safely removed from the body.
In one 2018 review on the safety of zeolite clinoptilolite for intake in veterinary and human medicine, it states that "the number of clinical studies with clinoptilolite materials on humans is still low." While more research is currently needed on clinoptilolite-based materials effects on humans, it is generally regarded as "safe for in vivo consumption" with a "variety of highly positive effects on animal and human health."
The most effective clinoptilolite zeolite supplements, however, are varieties that have been micronized to increase this detoxification potential. (Source) According to our research, this processing technique increases the adsorption rate for the human gastrointestinal tract.
This activation process is called micronization which, by definition, means "to break a substance into very fine particles." (*) This does not change the structure of the zeolite, it only reduces its size, therefore, creating more "cages" and thus a larger collective surface area.
This results in an ultra-fine talc-like powder that is of a very small particle size and is measured in microns, usually averaging between 0.9-5 microns (μm) for supplemental use.
Keep in mind that micronized zeolite supplements tend to absorb more water from the body, so it is important to stay well hydrated when taking supplemental detox doses.
In contrast, commercial industrial products are often a cheaper "granular" milled form with several different mesh sizes or textures. While some can be of the "ultra-fine" quality, they are not usually marketed for human intake. This process simply makes them more valuable and effective for certain industrial uses.
Zeolites are composed of a microporous arrangement of aluminosilicate minerals, a chemical makeup of which includes silica and aluminum. The aluminum is not a "free" source but a part of the tetrahedra composition that is not digested or absorbed in the digestive tract. In other words, clinoptilolite is "structurally stable" and can't be dissolved by stomach acid nor is it fat or water-soluble. It can also withstand very high temperatures.
Unprocessed mined clinoptilolite zeolite, however, is known to contain natural impurities, like positively charged heavy metals. It can pick up these impurities from environmental sources which generally have their origin in the volcanogenic history of the rock.
It is often compared to that of a sponge and when its already wet (with other substances) it can't provide maximum detoxification support when ingested.
Therefore, zeolites are often "cleaned" or "purified" of such contaminants for highest adsorption capabilities.
Most all quality supplement manufacturers are very well aware that purification processes are beneficial for optimal effectiveness and highest levels of safety. Consequently, different brands have their own specific proprietary and sometimes patented purification techniques to offer a quality product and ensure consumers of their high purity levels.
Some brands have scientific documentation, usually with a third-party lab analysis, that they have purified their clinoptilolite product and have additional heavy metal testing results. It is therefore good to look for this information for further verification.
Some commercial mining company’s on website's we visited also advertise the purity of their zeolites, but this is usually referring to the percentage of total clinoptilolite mineral content. Purified zeolite, in contrast, refers to a process that refines the zeolite.
There has been an ongoing debate in the zeolite supplement market for over a decade now about the differences between liquid zeolite supplements and powders.
While powders can definitely range in quality depending on processing techniques, they all produce a fine clay-like material that when consumed with water moves through the GI tract undigested.
Liquid forms basically utilize different methods to create the final product. The two most popular are SUSPENDED and HYDROLYZED.
Some liquid zeolites are made by suspending the zeolite in water
whereas others employ their own methods for creating a hydrolyzed
solution which is proposed to make the mineral soluble.
A number of manufacturers argue that their liquid solutions are made with "advanced technology" that can considerably reduce the particle size. There is even the claim that when hydrolyzed in water their product can not only move through the digestive tract but also has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and cell membranes to remove toxins in the brain as well as the entire body.
Regarding suspended liquid drops, some authorities debate that these solutions are simply small amounts of the powder mixed into water and consequently much less effective. We have correspondingly observed the amount on labels and per daily dose is often much less than powdered zeolite supplements.
In our research, we also found no current substantial evidence that any liquid zeolite product, including hydrolized solutions, can cross the blood-brain barrier. However, in one 2019 review, it was hypothesized as a possibility that when reduced in size it might have this outcome. We did find that one suspended liquid product claimed an average particle size of 0.409 μm (microns) while a powdered version claimed a mean particle size of 3 μm (microns).
Although the benefits of both clinoptilolite zeolite drops as well as the powdered supplements have been unofficially substantiated by various health testimonials over the years, here we present other information you may wish to consider when reviewing your supplement options.
As long as they come from a quality source, we value both as periodic detox supplements. It is really up to you to experiment and decide for yourself which feels most appropriate and suitable for your needs.
Even though it is virtually impossible to escape all the toxins currently present in our food, water and atmosphere, it is possible to do what we can to protect ourselves by facilitating the body's own detoxification process. In addition to maintaining a health-promoting diet and lifestyle, taking a QUALITY PURIFIED zeolite product can be an easy convenient way to achieve this goal.