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What Are the Benefits of Bentonite?

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Aubri John has been a contributing researcher and writer to online physical and mental health oriented journals since 2005. John publishes online health and fitness articles that coincide with her licensed clinical skills in addictions, psychology and medical care. She has a master's degree in clinical social work and a Ph.D. in health psychology.
What Are the Benefits of Bentonite?
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Bentonite comes from the mineral referred to as montmorillonite, which is comprised of microscopic crystals found primarily in volcanic ash. Bentonite comes in a powder, liquid, capsule, or clay form and it is used for therapeutic healing of the body. Bentonite clay was also used in ancient medicinal practices as an alternative healing method for preventing or alleviating health problems. There are various benefits of using bentonite, which can be found in local herb shops for retail sale.

Skin Care

Bentonite clay is used as a natural skin care product to prevent or treat facial blemishes and minor abscesses. Clayfacts.com recommends the use of calcium bentonite clay mask to open and clean facial pores in an effort to eliminate pimples. Bentonite clay once mixed from its powder form with water and then applied to skin constricts the skin. The constriction virtually pushes the impurities out of the skin while also serving as an antibacterial cleansing agent. Botanical.com indicates that once the clay swells, it becomes a porous sponge drawing toxins from the body. This is also how bentonite works in relieving minor abscesses on other parts of the body. To achieve maximum benefits for skin, bentonite clay mask is recommended daily for two weeks once blemishes or abscesses appear and once a week for maintenance of facial care in the absence of blemishes.

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A 2005 study reported in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) concluded that use of bentonite internally had significant benefits in treating people with digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Taken orally, the bentonite was found to relieve constipation, bloating, gas, and stomach discomfort commonly associated with digestive disruptions. Additionally, use of bentonite is recommended as a natural laxative source sufferer's of regular constipation.


Cancer Natural Therapy online suggests using bentonite on occasion to cleanse the body of internal impurities. Due to bentonite not being absorbed by the body, it binds to the internal toxins and expels them naturally. The bentonite serves as a colon cleansing agent as well as an intestinal cleanser when used for detoxification. Bentonite is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and there is minimal scientific research on use of pure bentonite for detoxification. It is recommended to consult a physician before adding bentonite to your body cleansing routine.

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