What is the difference between Diatomaceous Earth and Bentonite Clay (Miracle Clay)?
There seems to be a bit of a debate around DE versus Bentonite Clay and which is the most beneficial. They sound similar so perhaps one could be forgiven for thinking that there might not be a huge difference between them. After all, both are mineral-rich, organic deposits found in the earth. Both are mined for their health enhancing and detoxifying properties and judging from the vast amount of testimonials on the internet offer some pretty impressive beneficial results to human, equine, and animal kind generally. Also, one is clay, the other earth, right? Actually, not right! DE is not earth at all. It’s made up of finely ground Silica-rich fossilized shells or diatoms (marine phytoplankton) found in thousands-of-years-old dry lake beds and oceans. Miracle Clay, or Calcium Bentonite, on the other hand, really is clay. It comes from volcanic ash deposits that have, over eons of time, transformed into clay minerals. The main difference between the two, apart from origin, seems to be how they actually work.
When consumed, DE’s tiny, almost diamond-hard particles, act as a mildly abrasive cleanser helping to purify the body. In addition, the particles themselves are cylindrical in shape with hollow centers causing toxins etc., to be trapped inside, drawn through the body, and eliminated along with the particles themselves. Their porous nature also creates a perfect filter. In fact, one of the three grades of DE is used in swimming pool filtering systems and is highly toxic. Only food-grade DE is suitable for humans and animals. (There is some debate around toxicity relating to inhalation of the powder) One of the primary uses of DE is that of a natural wormer for horses. The other non-food grade of DE is a non-chemical pesticide and insect control. The waxy, protective outer-coating of parasites and bugs are scratched by the diatoms resulting in dehydration and death. It is thought that a similar action occurs with parasites during the de-worming process.
Like DE, Bentonite Clay, as already mentioned, is also a detoxifier, but rather than filtering or scraping toxins from the body, the clay absorbs toxins. Toxins and harmful bacteria stick to the clay molecules causing them to swell. The molecules along with their passengers are then passed through and eliminated from the body. DE filters and also scrapes away toxins, Clay absorbs them like a sponge. It is also thought to possess electromagnetic properties, which emits a negative charge as it moves through the body thus attracting even more toxins that have a positive charge.
A draw card for DE is its high percentage of Silica. Silica seems to have a large array of health-enhancing properties and was even mentioned by Louis Pasteur as being a possible “super mineral” of the future.
For Bentonite Clay, it’s “drawing-out” ability in wound care, abscesses etc., make it invaluable as a poultice. It was used as far back as roman times as a diagnostic tool. The heat from inflammation kept the clay wet when applied externally, giving an indication where the infection was.
Benefits of DE
- Improves joint, bone and ligament health
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improved digestion and more regular bowel movements
- Better liver and colon functioning
- Improved detoxification and removal of heavy metals
- Is rich in nutrients and minerals including: silica, magnesium, silicon, calcium, sodium, iron, titanium, boron, manganese, copper and also zirconium.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
- Detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals.
- Reduces pain and infection in open wounds.
- Used for the healing of ulcers, chronic pain, and even split hooves in horses.
- Can be used as a poultice for hoof abscesses.
- Can be blended with essential oils to enhance healing.
- Is rich in nutrients and minerals including: calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium
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