Bentonite, an edible, mineral-rich clay,
has been used for centuries to draw toxins away from intestinal walls
while cleansing the colon. Another use for bentonite clay, which is
very timely considering the recent natural and the Fukushima nuclear
disaster in Japan, is adsorption of radiation. Not only does bentonite
clay adsorb radiation from nuclear fallout, it also adsorbs any kind
How Bentonite Clay Works
Bentonite clay is sometimes referred to as "green" healing clay. It is
created naturally from the combination of volcanic ash minerals called
montmorillonite and ocean water. Depending on the source, bentonite
clay is loaded with naturally occurring minerals such as potassium,
calcium, and sodium. When bentonite gets wet, it expands, much like a
However, rather than absorbing toxins the way a sponge might,
bentonite clay works more like a magnet. This process is called
adsorption, which is spelled with the letter "d." Bentonite clay
adsorbs because it carries both negative and positive charges on its
surfaces and edges. Toxins are attracted to the bentonite like
magnets, bond to the chemicals in the clay, and are carried out of the
body in the small spaces created when the clay is wet.
Bentonite Clay Proven Scientifically To Trap Radioactive Ions
According to a 2006 study published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry,
which was performed by a team of scientists led by V. Correcher and
entitled "Thermal Stability of the Thermoluminescence Trap Structure
of Bentonite," bentonite clay was studied because of its known
capabilities to break bond links, form hydrolyzed ions, and redox
reactions. The study documented the "exponential distribution of
In another scientific study, bentonite clay was tested to determine
its efficacy in reducing high-energy gamma irradiation of adenine.
According to chemists at Duke University, adenine is one of the most
important organic molecules found in the human body. Adenine is an
integral part of human DNA, RNA, and ATP. In this study, published in
Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2002, irradiated adenine recovered
much quicker in systems containing clay than in those which did not
contain clay. Results showed that bentonite clay acts as a surface
protector against radiation of adenine.
Other Traditional Uses For Bentonite Clay
Taken orally, bentonite clay is used to detoxify the digestive system,
eliminate intestinal parasites, strengthen the immune system, and
fight free radicals. It also helps remove heavy metals from the body
and assists in the process of liver detoxification. Used externally,
bentonite clay is often a main ingredient in compresses, clay packs,
and facial masks.
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Epub 2006 May 30. V. Correcher, et al.
Chem Duke University, "Adenine"
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