Why Plant Derived Colloidal Minerals
Why Plant Derived Colloidal Minerals
Before we start, please note that when we are referring to colloidal minerals, we mean PLANT DERIVED colloidal minerals.
Modern chemistry defines a colloid simply as any ground up material in suspension, but back in the 1940s and 50s when the research was first begun, the term colloidal minerals meant a colloidal suspension of plant derived minerals.
In America, some unscrupulous companies are selling colloidal suspensions of ground up rocks; there has been at least one case of a manufacturer of plant based colloidal minerals being caught by the FDA boosting the concentration by adding ground up inorganic material. As well as being totally dishonest, that could also be dangerous, as too much inorganic trace minerals can't be health enhancing.
This is why it's important to deal with a company which has a well researched product and a reputation for integrity.
Our body's biochemistry is designed to absorb minerals from the food we eat.
Minerals exist in the soil as simple compounds. For example, calcium occurs as calcium carbonate (chalk, bone, shells etc). This is a positively charged metallic ion (Ca) combined with a negatively charged carbonate ion (C03).
Plants not only break the calcium carbonate apart so the calcium can be absorbed, but naturally chelate the calcium with an organic molecule so that the calcium complex is negatively charged.
This is important because when we eat the plant, the lining of our intestines is positively charged, and since positive attracts negative, the calcium is easily absorbed.
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Let's look at what happens when we try to get calcium by eating bones, chalk or ground up shells instead of from food.
Don't laugh - that's what the mostly commonly prescribed calcium supplement is!
First, let's hope the manufacturer didn't make the tablets too hard. If so, the tablets will pass straight through you without even breaking up (thats why capsules are almost always better than tablets, and liquids better than both).
Assuming the tablets have broken up in the stomach, the calcium carbonate must then be split by the hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach.
As people get older they make less hydrochloric acid, so that creates more problems. At approximately age 35, HCl production in the stomach declines and is further exacerbated when people go on a low salt diet (sodium is necessary for stomach acid production). Low HCl levels interfere with the absorption of all nutrients.
Then to absorb the calcium through the intestines, the body must change the charge from positive to negative. See absorbtion
So it's no wonder that rock based minerals are not well absorbed!
Some researchers also maintain that minerals in tablets or capsules do not have the same electrical properties even though they are made by removing the water from the authentic liquid colloidal minerals. See Steven Whitings article
Aren't Some Trace Metals Toxic?
Would you eat food containing aluminium, arsenic, lead, barium, nickel and titanium?
Probably not! But try an apple. It contains all of these.
According to professor Gerhardt Schrauzer, head of the department of chemistry at UCSD, aluminium is probably an essential mineral for human nutrition, and it also increases the survival rate of newborns. Another known biological function of aluminium is to activate the enzyme succinic dehydrogenase.
But the aluminium in a banana or apple is different from the aluminium leached out from a saucepan.
When found in food, aluminium is not a simple, positively charged aluminium ion but naturally chelated into a negatively charged complex organic compound. This is absorbed in a totally different way and acts as a nutrient not a pollutant like metallic or simple ionic aluminium.
Likewise chromium. Chewing on a bumper bar would poison you, but the chromium found in food is not only safe, but essential for glucose metabolism which in turn determines how well you feel.
The daily average diet contains 40 mcg of arsenic, 35 mcg cadmium, 150 mcg of lead, and about 40 to 100mg of aluminium daily!
One serving of shrimp contains an average of 40 mcg of arsenic. One calcium tablet, a glass of whole milk or a slice of pizza each contain about 5 mcg of lead.
According to The Agronomy Handbook, there is also evidence to suggest that these elements are not only safe in plant form but may actually be essential for cellular function.
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Not only do Rocky Mountain's Minerals supply the body with essential trace minerals in a form they can use, it also flushes out the poisonous metallic forms. See heavy metal pollutants
That's probably too much chemistry for most people, but if you do want more details, browse the library, especially the Steven Whiting' publications and the Silverstream Research article.