Structure of Zeolites
What makes zeolite so unique is its rigid structure which is arranged in an ordered, matrix configuration resembling a bee’s honeycomb. The microscopic channels, cavities, pores, cells, or cages (we will call them cages as they trap molecules), which form this intricate honeycomb structure, are usually uniform in shape and size. As the zeolites are microporous crystalline solids they usually have a well-defined geometric framework (honeycombs) such as the two shown below.
These tetrahedra can then be link together by their corners (see illustration below) to from a variety of beautiful structures. The framework structure may contain the linked cages, which are of the right size to allow smaller molecules to enter – i.e. the limiting cage sizes are roughly between 3 and 10 Å in diameter.
Zeolite , technically a mineral, consists of alternating Silica Tetra Oxide and Aluminum Tetra Oxide crystals that arrange themselves in a lattice-like configuration. The compound has a negative electrostatic charge, while toxic heavy metals have a positive charge. Zeolite thus provides an extensive negatively charged surface area that can attract and bind negatively charged toxic metals. The Zeolite-metal complex is then excreted from the body. The Aluminum is locked in to the Zeolite structure and is not retained within your body. Zeolites throughout the world have been used extensively in water processing, have been shown to be of value in bacterial diarrhea (it binds to bacterial toxins too), and are now being used in animal and human detoxification. Zeolite is less potent a chelator than are the chemical agents such as EDTA, DMSA, and DMPS, although we do not have a long-term track record with the use of Zeolite in chelation therapy, but this material appears to be very safe if purified and sub-micronised, and very cost effective. Zeolite makes chelation therapy affordable to everyone.
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