Aluminium in Clay?
IS THERE ALUMINIUM IN OUR BENTONITE CLAY?
Scientific testing by CSIRO using Borate Fusion XRF Method mineral analysis verifies our clay does not contain any aluminium.
However there is some discussion with regard to Alumina and Aluminium in clay. This probably stems from the interchange of the description of Alumina oxide with Aluminium oxide.
Hopefully the following article will clarify a few things.
BENTONITE CLAY is classified as an Alumino-silicate.
This means its major elements are Alumina oxide (Al2O3) and Silica (SiO2).
Hence all Bentonite clay contains these as major elements. Bentonite
would be an entirely different substance without alumina oxide.
It is also made up of a number of other minerals some of which have exchangeable ions.
Typically they are - sodium ions, calcium ions, potassium ions, magnesium ions.
In the USA Aluminium is used to refer to alumina. Unfortunately this is misleading because alumina oxide (Al2O3) is not the dangerous Aluminium (Al) which is used in manufacturing.
The term aluminium oxide is actually referring to alumina oxide which is perfectly safe.
Different symbols represent different substances:
Alumina oxide: Al2O3 (safe)
Aluminium : Al (unsafe)
The alumina oxide that goes to make up part of the clay molecule is completely inert*. It has a very high bond with silica and is not bio- available. It cannot be absorbed into the body.
*In chemistry the term inert is used to describe something that is not chemically active.
Article complied by M Mason 2010