Most of the misinformation online about zeolite and its benefits can be found on many websites which put a high emphasis on marketing. You will find below the most common subjects which cause confusion about zeolite:
Does Zeolite Deplete Minerals and Other Nutrients?
Taking zeolite will not normally deplete your body of necessary minerals and other nutrients, as zeolite has a preference for ammonium and heavy metals.
For zeolite to take up any essential minerals from your body, you would have to be completely detoxified and take about 10 g of zeolite per day for several weeks. This dose is far too much for general purposes.
Is the Aluminium Content of Zeolite Harmful?
Zeolite is an aluminosilicate. Aluminium forms part of the zeolite structure but it is permanently bonded into the structure, making it unavailable and therefore harmless. Without the imbalance caused by the presence of aluminium, zeolite would not have the capacity for cation exchange and would not be able to take up heavy metals or other toxic matter.
Does Zeolite Need Cleaning?
Many younger zeolites from other countries contain dissolved salts which have to be leached out of the zeolite before it is used. Australian zeolite is so old that it no longer contains dissolved salts.
Is the Micron Size Important?
Regardless of its particle size, zeolite travels through the gastrointestinal system and does not travel through the cell walls or into any other part of the body. An exception to this rule is nano-sized zeolite which would be small enough to do so but not enough is known about what would happen if this occurred. The only nano-sized zeolite I know of is produced in the Netherlands.
The Heavy Metal Content of Zeolite
There seems to be a lot of confusion about the heavy metals taken up by zeolite as it was being formed and whether these heavy metals need to be ‘cleaned out’ of the zeolite in case they are absorbed by the body when the powder is ingested.
There is no reason to be concerned. Any heavy metals which form part of the zeolite structure or which have been ‘taken up’ are permanently bonded. They are there forever unless the zeolite is put into a very strong acid bath. The same is true of lead crystal glass which is commonly used in ornaments and drinking glasses.
It is true that zeolite absorbed the heavy metals in its surroundings as it was forming. For example, Australian zeolite contains 0.22% strontium which is a naturally occurring stable heavy metal isotope, unlike the dangerous strontium 90 isotope found in radioactive waste.
Australian zeolite also contains aluminium, the trace elements barium, chromium, cobalt, copper, selenium and zinc and some other heavy metals in minute amounts.
- Zeolite takes up heavy metals, it does not release them.
- Zeolite is not a dietary mineral supplement.
- All heavy metals and trace elements are permanently bonded within the zeolite molecule and are not available unless dissolved in acid strong enough to also dissolve the zeolite molecule itself.
- Stomach acid is not strong enough to dissolve the zeolite structure and release the heavy metals.
An acid bath of the strength needed to remove heavy metals would also dissolve the three dimensional structure of the zeolite. What is then left would no longer be zeolite but just a puddle of elements which used to be zeolite.