Colloidal minerals are minerals extracted out from shale deposits, which are composed of the remains of a 100 million year old rainforest in Emery Coal Field of central Utah. Colloidal minerals offer trace minerals that are indispensable for normal life. The fact that minerals are the building blocks of the body adds to the importance of colloidal mineral supplementation. Proponents of colloidal minerals claim that they are 95% absorbable, though there is no evidence to support this claim. There is an interesting story behind the origin of colloidal minerals supplements. Thomas Jefferson Clark recovered from his ailment when he drank a healing stream which was used for medical purpose for more than hundred years by the local natives of Emery Coal Field of central Utah. This prompted him to trace the source of this water and by 1931 Mr. Clark started selling his own tonic rich in "colloidal minerals". In recent years colloidal minerals have become immensely popular.
The benefits of colloidal minerals are the following.
Colloidal minerals increase white blood cell production.
They have a major role in strengthening the immune system.
Colloidal minerals increase intestinal tract absorption.
Colloidal minerals fasten the healing of wounds.
There are seven major minerals and seventy five trace minerals that are essential for a healthy life and the deficiency of which may result in the following problems.
Copper deficiency may lead to premature gray hair.
Vanadium and chromium deficiencies can cause diabetes and hypoglycaemia.
Cardiomyopathy results from selenium deficiency.
Tin deficiency can cause baldness in men.
Calcium deficiency can lead to periodontal disease.
Colloidal minerals may contain an abundance of minerals which in large amounts can be toxic. Minerals should be in the right amount, and in the right form for proper supplementation. Colloidal silver may cause argyria, characterized by discoloration of the skin which cannot be cured. It can be unsafe in pregnant and breast feeding women. Those who suffer from Hemochromatosis are characterized by excess amount of iron in the body should avoid colloidal minerals supplementation, as it can make the situation worse. Studies show that colloidal silver may have negative interactions with medications such as penicillamine, quinolones, tetracycline and thyroxine.
Natural products are not always necessarily safe, as there are considerable adverse effects associated with the abundance of minerals in the colloidal mineral supplements. So it is wise to consult a physician to fix the dosage.