Zeolite is a mineral belonging to the silicate family. In nature there are more than 40 types of zeolite, today we will talk about one of these types, the clinoptilolite zeolite. Why exactly this mineral? Because it is possible to find it in the form of a supplement as it is believed to have interesting purifying and useful properties to fight diarrhea. Science has also focused its attention on zeolite and in the literature it is possible to find several articles dedicated to the topic. So let's try to understand what is the action of zeolite based on scientific research.
Zeolite has adsorbent properties, this means that it is able to retain other substances on its surface. Hence, clinoptilolite zeolite shows a detoxifying effect, it is useful to remove contaminants from the body, such as heavy metals and toxins, and to improve the health of the intestine and the microbiota, also being useful in counteracting diarrhea (Pavelic et al, Front Pharmacol, 2018). Moreover, zeolite is antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and supports the immune system. It also appears that zeolite-based supplements are able to improve sleep quality and relax, probably thanks to their beneficial action on the general well-being of the body and on the microbiota (Mastinu et al, Molecules, 2019).
Zeolite, when and how to take it
Zeolite in the form of a powder or tablet supplement is found in herbalist’s and chemist’s shops. If you buy it online be sure that the product is of high quality. Zeolite should be taken between meals and with plenty of water. After consulting your doctor if you are taking drugs, you can resort to zeolite if you come from a period in which you have followed an unhealthy and unregulated diet, if your digestion is difficult or if you live in very polluted cities. Do not exceed with the doses indicated on the package.
Warnings and interactions
Treatment with zeolite is generally considered safe and free of side effects, although some sources report headaches and nausea in more sensitive people (Mastinu et al, Molecules, 2019). However, be careful if you are taking any medications, in this case ask your doctor for advice. In fact, zeolite has been shown to interact with some medicines such as doxorubicin, used in cases of cancer (Khojaewa et al, Front Pharmacol, 2019).