Classification: Calcium Montmorillonite is a clay mineral compound that is a member of the Smectite family. It typically is formed in micro sized thin sheet shaped platelets. It is a 2:1 clay, meaning that it has 2 tetrahedral sheets sandwiching a central octahedral sheet, with trace mineral anions bound to the surface areas.
Chemically it is hydrated calcium aluminum silicate hydroxide with many other elements including potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and over 50 more mineral elements. It is part of the earth’s crust along with volcanic ash and other weathered elements formed millions/billions of years ago.
There are two distinct types of Bentonite/montmorillonite clays. Sodium Bentonite/montmorillonite (SBM) and Calcium Bentonite/montmorillonite (CBM). SBM is best used for commercial/industrial applications, although there are some derivatives repurposed for consumer use for health and cosmetics. SBM is hyper-swelling clay that should not be ingested. It swells, clumps and is a good material for pond/lake sealant, oil well drilling mud, cat litter, grease, dynamite, crayons, etc.. Certain, but not all, Calcium Bentonite is good for skin applications and are an excellent edible dietary health supplement for people and animals. Great benefits for plant and soil re-mineralization to enhance nutrient bioavailability.
Calcium Bentonite (CB) and Calcium Montmorillonite (CM) are the same as is Sodium Bentonite (SB) and Sodium Montmorillonite (SM). Bentonite is a trade brand only, like Kleenex to facial tissue. The names are synonyms. CM is a better choice for consumer health benefits and SM is better suited for commercial/industrial uses.
ION-MIN Calcium Montmorillonite clays have a number of unique and beneficial properties.
1. The best deposits of CM are among the most powerful detoxifying natural substances on earth. They also have a zeta potential and a high drawing power of toxic substances and many other harmful elements from our bodies and many areas of the environment.
2. The clay compound can act as an efficient delivery vehicle for mineral nutrients to the skin and body when applied topically and ingested in tablet/caplet or powder forms.
3. Hydrated to a paste, it can draw oils and toxins from the skin and hair.
4. It is a powerful adsorbent that can attract heavy metals and toxic cations onto the clay particle interior, neutralizing harmful particulates, pathogens, and toxins.
5. It tends to have a relatively neutral to high pH factor.
6. Its particle size includes fine grained colloids and electrolytes.
7. Certain superior deposits contain a portfolio of macro, micro and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, silica, copper, chromium, and zinc, etc., all in bio-available form.