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Important Questions About Chelated Trace Minerals

What is Chelation? Chelation is the suspension of a mineral between two or more amino acids, or bonding to “small proteins”, peptides or amino acids. (“Chela” is Greek for “claw”.) Chelation substances can include things like amino acids, ascorbic acid and orotates, as well as hydrolyzed protein. Chelation improves the absorption of the mineral from the digestive tract.

What difference does it make whether the minerals added are organic or inorganic? If inorganic minerals are ingested they have to be chelated before they can be assimilated. This causes some absorption problems for the organism performing the chelating. However, if a second organism can benefit from ingesting pre-chelated minerals, this is ideal. Organic minerals, therefore, have been previously processed by plants, or other marine life, whereas inorganic trace minerals are in their raw, elemental or metallic state.

What is all the fuss about chelated, colloidal and ionic trace minerals versus regular minerals? Inorganic (or metallic) minerals may only be absorbed up to 5% of their potential, whereas, minerals that are chelated typically improve absorption rates up to 45% of the mineral. Colloidal minerals because of their small particle size are readily absorbed up to 98%. Liquid products which boast of containing colloidal trace minerals are often mostly water. A capsule containing 100-200 milligrams of the actual clay which contains the colloids may be closer to the recommended daily dosage of trace minerals than a whole glassful of expensive manufactured suspension. An ionic mineral has either a positive or negative charge. Which of the two it is, may dramatically affect absorption capabilities. According to DeWayne Ashmead PhD “There are problems which will reduce the amount of absorption of non-chelated or improperly chelated minerals. Once such problem is the negative charge in the intestines. When the stomach acids make the minerals soluble, which is a necessary step in chelating them, they become positive charged. The negative charge in the intestines attracts the positive charge of the minerals. Thus, these mineral ions, as the positive charge minerals are called, stick to the intestine. They are not absorbed, but remain there as irritants until fluids from the intestine wash them away.”

What are some of the benefits of the so-called Trace Minerals? Many Physicians are persuaded that the majority of all diseases are probably enzymatic in origin. Since metabolism is synonymous with enzyme activity, and enzyme activity is dependent on the presence of trace elements, it is axiomatic that proper proportions of trace minerals are the best defense nutritionally to ward off the threat of disease. Just about any symptom may therefore be a manifestation of a certain mineral deficiency, or lack of a combination of minerals. Just one, concrete example of proactive benefits of trace minerals from Benjamin Erschoff PhD, should illustrate, who reports, “Clays composed of the Montmorillonite group of minerals someday may replace calcium as a dietary supplement for promoting bone health. Adding calcium alone to the diet does not change the situation, but adding clay does. Montmorillonite clays contain something (trace elements) besides calcium which improves the body’s ability to change calcium into bone.” (Additional benefits are listed in the separate section entitled Trace Mineral Benefits.)

Can one overdose on Window Peak Trace Minerals? In response to that question let us consider the opinions of four experts: DeWayne Ashmead PhD may be quoted as saying, “Many diseases have a mineral excess or deficiency relationship.” Walter Mertz MD has gone on to say, “The discovery of essential roles for arsenic and nickel strongly reinforced the conclusions of a decade earlier, based on the discovery of selenium and chromium as essential elements, that no trace element is inherently either toxic or beneficial. Toxic and beneficial effects are functions of dose levels (emphasis added)… Trace element research in the past 20 years has clearly shown that when the environmental exposure to an essential element is reduced below a certain level, the adverse health effects of deficiency can be as dangerous as the adverse health effects of excessive levels.” Melchior T. Dikkers PhD confirms, “I have advocated the use of the clay mineral Montmorillonite for the very reason that this clay mineral Montmorillonite contains all of the essential mineral trace elements – in a balanced ratio as laid down by Nature.” Jeffrey Bland PhD in his own writings, has gone on record concurring with Dr. Dikkers’ assessment.

In conclusion we can see that while it is theoretically possible to gain toxicity from too much of a particular mineral, trace minerals by definition represent such minute amounts of any one mineral that a composite ingested in a proper dosage, would seem to be essentially risk-free. In fact, the potential detriments of a deficiency of trace minerals in the system may outweigh the risks of a possible overdose. The best insurance against either eventuality is to administer a bouquet of minerals whose interrelationships help prevent the effects of too much of any one mineral while providing catalysts to one another for enriched nutritional value. As observed above, experts say that Window Peak Trace Minerals occur naturally in such a balanced formula.

What does a catalyst do? According to John A. Meyers MD and Karl H. Schutte PhD “a catalyst speeds up chemical reactions that take place only very slowly without them.” They advise that “it must be stressed that catalysts do not initiate chemical reactions that cannot occur in their absence.”

What is Montmorillonite? Montmorillonite was the word coined for a type of mineral clay found in 1847 in Montmorillon (Department of Vienne, capitol = Poitiers), France. Its composition has been noted to be Al2O3 – 4 SiO– x H2O, and is actually a very common clay of which there are perhaps billions of tons in many localities besides in central, western France. Nevertheless, it possesses the multitude of healing properties of clays known since ancient Egyptian times.

Photo of rock strata.
Actual photo of some eight feet of stratification exposing the lignitic silts comprising colloidal clay laced with organic material.

What is so special about the form of Montmorillonite mined by Window Peak Trace Minerals? In addition to the valuable chelated properties in general of “regular” Montmorillonite, our deposit is documented to be high in humus lignite silts intermixed with highly fibrous organic matter. Its basic chemical structure is, therefore, set forth as MgO Al2 O3 5SiO2 nH2O. Besides the well known colloidal properties of clays, it would seem to have more than one extra layer of organic material chelated by fulvic acids. Ours is the textured brownish color you see at the left, and featured repeatedly in this website for the different section headings.

What elements have been recorded by laboratories as existing in the Montmorillonite complex mined by Window Peak Trace Minerals? (Please refer to the Montmorillonite Mineral List page.)