Properties of Zeolite
Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral found in volcanic ash. What makes zeolites notable is their crystalline structure perforated by microscopic pores. These pores allow zeolites to act as natural filters.
Zeolites are microporous, aluminosilicate minerals and are widely used in multiple cross industry applications ranging from water purification to radioactive waste containment. Characterized by its high surface charge density and high cation exchange capacity, zeolites’ unique ability to absorb and bind a broad range of materials makes it a simple and inexpensive solution to many problems spanning a variety of industries and environmental issues.
Zeolite can be used in raw unprocessed form or processed into specific sizes ranging from granular to powder form depending on the application.
As a natural mineral zeolite’s properties offer a broad range of applications throughout the agricultural industry. The properties of zeolite are ideal for use in odour and moisture control in municipal composting, animal feed supplements, zeoponics for greenhouse growing mediums and high-value outdoor zeolitic fertilizers.
Zeolite can function as a cost effective medium for waste water treatment. The natural properties of zeolite can be used to remove ammonia, minimize runoff, and absorb odors.
As environmental regulations require increasingly effective methods of treating waste – zeolite can be used to protect and manage waste water in an economical manner.
The natural filtration properties of zeolite can be used within aquaculture industries such as fish farming, aquariums, and transport. Zeolite can act as a medium to help to absorb nitrates, nitrites, and phosphates to maintain a high quality of water.
Zeolite is unique in that its honeycomb, microporous cellular structure is one of nature's few negatively charged minerals, which means it's able to attract positively charged contaminants. Inside these negatively charged honeycomb "cages," healthful minerals such as potassium can be found. Zeolite swaps its healthful, negatively charged minerals for any positively charged contaminants on or in your body. Basically, it takes away the bad stuff by replacing it with good stuff.
Since your body doesn't absorb the zeolite, the pollutants it sucks up are safely removed when you wash it off your skin!
Zeolites like pure clinoptilolte are especially good at eliminating heavy metals from the system and also for removing other environmental pollutants from the body.
Heavy metals like lead, mercury, aluminium and cadmium can quickly accumulate in the body . They are almost unavoidable because they are so widespread in household products, food and medicine. Unfortunately, they are also dangerous. Make no mistake…these heavy metals are extremely toxic. They can cause a huge amount of free radical strain in the liver, kidneys, brain and gut leading to serious conditions like cancer.
Zeolites can help reduce some of this damage. They help to pull these heavy metals out of the body’s tissues through an osmotic process. The process is a slow one but it is also steady and effective.
While the majority of natural antioxidants neutralize free radical damage by donating one of their electrons, zeolites work in a different way. They neutralize free radicals by effectively trapping them inside their complex structures. This basically renders the free radicals inactive eliminating them entirely.
Several studies have been done into the detoxification potential of zeolite including a study published in 2009 examined the use of zeolites to eliminate toxic metals through the urine.The study concluded that using activated clinoptiliotite each day was a safe and potentially effective method of removing toxic metals from the body through urination. (1)
Another study published in 2012 found that clinoptilotite helped to eliminate the accumulation of lead in mice. The researchers concluded that the experiment indicated clearly that clinoptolite could be used as a future treatment for heavy metal exposure. (2)
2. ZEOLITE FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND PH BALANCE
Zeloite helps to neutralize acid in the bloodstream and increase alkalinity balancing the body’s pH to a more alkaline level of around 7.35. Heavy metals in the bloodstream typically increase acid levels which can have a negative impact on the immune system and brain function as well as harming the nervous system.
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