What is “Bentonite Clay”?

Bentonite clay is a natural clay full of minerals. It contains a high level of montmorillonite as the key crystalline/molecular material. Often used as general term, bentonite clays is a commercial term for less pure versions of montmorillonite products. Typically mined in the US near Wyoming and in the southeastern US, bentonite clay is transformed […]

What’s the difference between Bentonite and Montmorillonite?

Bentonite is typically regarded as an impure ore of clays that contain both the crystalline structure montmorillonite and additional crystalline structures. The degree of bentonite’s purity is equal to its degree of montmorillonite. In today’s world, finding a sizable source of minerals of 100% purity is rare. It is also rare that the providers of […]

Do clay compounds contain glass?

Not ION-MIN®. We can’t attest for others, as there are thousands of clay types and products on the market today. However, rest assured that our clay does not have glass crystals. Some people believe that silicates are glass, but not all silicon sources contain or are glass. The primary silicate mineral component in glass is […]

I’m concerned about the aluminum in Calcium Montmorillonite

There’s no reason to be. Aluminum poisoning is most common in the industrialized world, but it is primarily caused by overexposure to aluminum products made by man and those found in industrial environments rather than from the application or ingestion of clay. There’s SIX primary reasons why ION-MIN® and many other aluminum silicates are not […]

Is Silica the same as Silicon?

Silica is a natural form of silicon that’s been slightly oxidized through exposure to oxygen, which forms silicon dioxide (Si02). Many people use the terms silica and silicon dioxide interchangeably because it is rare to find in its non-oxidized form. Silica is the main component of sand and silica quartz crystals, so if you want […]

What is a “Living Clay”?

ION-MIN® is the original Living Clay, and Neva Jensen, a University of Wyoming nutritionist, originated the term. An internet search will likely indicate that many montmorillonite clays are called “living clay”, but the term originated because of ION-MIN®. Jensen coined the term to describe the properties of substances which sustain and support life, and all […]

Aren’t all clays essentially the same?

Not at all. Clays are as different in mineralogy and characteristics as reptiles are from mammals. Each clay species has a distinct molecular arrangement and their own classification. After X-Ray microscopy technology was refined in the late 50s, scientists’ capacity to understand the specific crystalline formations that classify each type of clay. Each clay exhibits […]