Zeolite Hoax or Wonder Chelate?
Zeolite the simple truth
The world is getting sicker everyday and the coinciding increased of environmental toxins cannot be ignored. Toxic heavy metals and chemicals have the ability to accumulate in our body over a lifetime and wreak havoc to our biochemistry.
With the boom of the industrial revolution, the ill health of the developed world has escalated. Today it can be clearly stated that chronic disease is our biggest killer. Yet we’re all surprised! Even though the U.S. alone releases approximately 4 billion pounds of toxins into our environment every year. These toxins contaminate out air, water, soil, plants, animals and humans. Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, insecticides, dioxins, furans, phthalates, VOCs, and PCBs are just some of the foreign substances burdening our body’s biological function. These toxins are carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, and gene-damaging.
Is the Cancer and other chronic disease epidemic related to these toxins? According to the Columbia University School of Public Health, 95 percent of cancer is caused by poor diet and environmental toxicity. However as these toxins affect out immune, neurological and endocrine systems, therefore is it surprising that they are linked with all chronic disease.
Toxins cause disease!
It is unequivocally proven that exposure to toxins leads chronic health problems including: immune dysfunction, autoimmunity, inflammation, asthma, allergies, cognitive deficits, mood changes, neurological illnesses, changes in libido, reproductive dysfunction, hyperlipidemia and glucose dysregulation. With an ever-increasing quantity of these toxins in our environment, simple avoidance is no longer possible.
For example, mercury is one of the most destructive heavy metals to the neurological, immune and endocrine systems. It is a deadly mutagen causing DNA damage. Mercury contributes to or causes illnesses including autism, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancers, heart disease, endocrine problems, and neurological and behavioral disorders. However Mercury exposure is extremely common in every day life. The most common exposures are via amalgam dental fillings or when it is used as a “preservative” in multi-dose vials of infant vaccines. A little ironic that mercury is no longer used in thermometers to prevent exposure however it makes up 50% of our silver fillings.
Heavy metal detoxification with Zeolite
One of the confounding factors when looking at heavy metal exposure is the difficulty and almost inability of the body to detoxify many heavy metal pollutants. Heavy metals themselves disrupt the very detoxification pathways designed to detox them.
Treatments for heavy metal detoxification are sparse and many have an extremely high side effect profile. The most common of these are acid-base chelating agents such as DMSA, DMPS and EDTA.
Some of their major side effects include: Low blood calcium, Vitamin and essential mineral depletion, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions or seizures, fall in blood pressure, breathlessness or tightness in the chest, respiratory failure, irregular heartbeats or cardiac arrhythmias, severe allergic reactions such as skin rash, eczema, exacerbation of asthma or asthma attacks, anaphylactic shock and even death, depression of the bone marrow leading to low counts of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, anemia, infections, increased bleeding tendency, kidney damage/failure, liver damage and damage to the brain leading to a decline in cognitive function.
Therefore the use of these acid based chelating agents are reserved for extreme cases of heavy metal toxicity where the lowering of heavy metals must be achieved above the cost of all else. Furthermore oral use of these chelating agents only aids in the detoxification of the gastrointestinal tract, as the molecules are too large to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This means that only intra venous introduced acid based chelating agents will reduce tissue toxicity. Finally the affinity and potential binding strength of acid based chelating agents is not particularly strong. Therefore this may result in the chelating agent pulling the heavy metal out from the tissues and then drop it into the bloodstream where it can redeposit in the brain or other vital organs.
Natural chelates include various plant-based products. However they have very limited ability to aid cellular detoxification outside the gastrointestinal tract.
Zeolite has been dubbed ‘the wonder chelate’ and ‘an absolute hoax’
Zeolites are a large group of natural and synthetic hydrated aluminum silicates. They are characterized by complex three-dimensional structures with large, cage like cavities that can accommodate positively charged atoms and atomic structures. There are about forty-five natural zeolites naturally produced in gas pockets in basalt and other volcanic rocks. Although naturally formed zeolites can be found in larger amounts (especially on the north American continent and south island New Zealand) they offer only a limited range of atomic structures and properties.
Synthetic zeolites have a wider range of properties and larger cavities than their natural counterparts. They were first produced in the 1950s. Today more than 100 different zeolites have been made and the annual production of synthetic zeolites exceeds 12,000 tons.
Zeolites are used in a wide range of industries. As they can be synthetically made they can created and specifically designed for a wide range of purposes including softening water, binding radioactive waste, filtering gasses and even the production of gasoline from petroleum.
The use of zeolite as an oral supplement goes back thousands of years and was used all over the world as a traditional medicine. It has long been proclaimed as a chelate of heavy metals while sparing essential minerals. Supplements include synthetic zeolites and naturally formed ones. However there seems to be a large degree of discrepancy in results found. This seems to be due to specific form and saturation of zeolite. In the process of synthetic zeolite fabrication, there is commonly a saturation of specific minerals, this and the increased overall size makes them less viable for human use.
Unfortunately natural doesn’t always mean good (or ‘clean’)
The most commonly used form of natural zeolite is clinoptilolite. Unfortunately the detoxification potential of this agent has displayed varying results. Some research even showed an increase of Lead, Mercury, Aluminum and other heavy metals following zeolite therapy. This is due to the natural source and processing of clinoptilolite. As it occurs naturally it must be mined, refined and processed before use. Prior to mining or any time after clinoptilolite may bind to heaving metals in its environment.
Unfortunately this occurs at a very high incidence and consumption of these supplements will in fact increase heavy metal toxicity in the body. Therefore any clinoptilolite supplement must be able to provide up to date evidence on the mineral constituents of their product. This seems to be one of the largest drawbacks of clinoptilolite usage, as there are many supplements on the market but only very few that have laboratory testing to prove that they are not contaminated.
Using excretion tests there is ample evidence to support that clinoptilolite supplementation does not lead to the leaching of electrolytes. This is thought to be due three independent factors; the charge density, molecular size and molecular adaptive fit. In this way calcium and potassium molecules have less affinity to clinoptilolite than Mercury or lead. Through excretion tests it can be seen that clinoptilolite effectively increases the excretion of: Mercury, lead, tin, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, antimony and nickel. In vitro studies have shown clinoptilolite has the potential to bind free radicals and other toxic organic compounds such as nitrates.
Size does matter
Naturally occurring clinoptilolite varies in crystalline size from 10 microns to 40 microns. However to absorb clinoptilolite into the blood stream it must be 0.3 microns. Therefore most common clinoptilolite supplements will merely aid in the detoxification of the digestive tract but are unable to detoxify tissues. This yet another major hindrance when looking for a supplement and there are even fewer that have been able to break the natural crystalline structure into small enough components without loosing their honeycomb structure.
Clinoptilolite the natural form of zeolite shows to bind heavy metals to be excreted, it has also been shown to bind toxic organic compounds such as free radicals and nitrates. If clinoptilolite is clean this form of zeolite seems to be a viable and therapeutically active method of detoxifying the gastrointestinal tract. However to detoxify the bodies tissue the clinoptilolite must also be structurally altered to ensure its absorption into the blood stream.
The product we’ve found that qualifies
ACZ Nano Extra Strength clinoptilolite zeolite by Results RNA has all of the above requirements to ensure an uncontaminated and size appropriate zeolite preparation. Using a proprietary nano-technology ACZ Nano provides a significantly greater number of nano clinoptilolite crystals per dose. This results in an exponentially greater clinoptilolite surface area providing far more attraction and elimination of toxins than other detoxification products. Most importantly the supplement is small enough to allow for mucosal absorption into the bloodstream. Therefore it is administered by oral spray so that it may immediately be absorbed. Results DNA is proud to have a clean product, their own clinical research on the product and the one of only zeolites that has the molecular size to allow its absorption into the blood stream.
Therefore when looking into zeolite supplementation you need look no further than ACZ Nano.
However if you did decide to look for a different supplement, ensure that it is a naturally occurring Clinoptilolite, that it has been recently tested to ensure it is free of heavy metal contaminants and its atomic size in close to 0.3 microns.
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