Colloidal Mineral Health Benefits and Uses

Colloidal mineral supplements are the liquid extracts of minerals mainly derived from humic shale deposits or from aluminosilicate-containing clays; however colloidal minerals may also be derived from certain plants. Shale extracts predominantly contain sulfates of iron and aluminum and traces of colloidal metal hydroxides. The term colloidal mineral is derived from the presence in these preparations of colloidal metal hydroxides.

Additionally, colloidal minerals from humic shale deposits contain zinc, nickel, manganese, magnesium, calcium, chromium, boron, copper, lithium, and silicon. They also contain traces of several other elements including arsenic, vanadium, strontium, selenium, iodine, and praseodymium. Similar minerals may be found in colloidal minerals derived from both clay and from plant sources. It is believed that some forms of colloidal minerals are more easily absorbable than minerals in solid form (tablets and capsules).

Toward the later part of the 20th century, colloidal mineral began to be marketed as a nutritional supplement. However, almost all claims that colloidal mineral was an effective nutrient with numerous medical indications were unfounded. To date no scientific study has substantiated that colloidal mineral supplements offer any miraculous health benefits. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that all over-the-counter (OTC) products containing colloidal minerals are not recognized as safe or effective.

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