Since zeolite is fairly new to the supplement industry, there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. In the end, this misinformation leaves people confused and trusting the wrong companies with their health. One of the biggest topics that there is immense confusion on is milling vs. micronizing. The average zeolite supplement user doesn’t really know the difference. It took me a great deal of time and investigation to figure out what the difference was. And honestly, I didn’t even know that there was a difference until I felt sick from taking a certain zeolite product and needed to start looking into why one type of zeolite supplement is better than another.
Milled zeolite supplements should never be ingested! When I think of milling, I think of grains, like wheat, being crushed and pulverized between giant stones in an 18th century factory. Translating this image to modern day zeolite milling is not that far off. Zeolite milling is done at the mine itself. It is crushed and pulverized by machines, so that it resembles a gritty, sandy powder. After being micronized at the mine, it is sent to various industries to be used in products, such as cat litter, concrete filler, and ZEOLITE SUPPLEMENTS! Understanding this is key—if a zeolite supplement is milled, this implies that it comes from a commercial mine, since it is done at the mine for industrial purposes.
Furthermore, you should be very wary of milled zeolite because the pulverizing process of milling destroys the structure of the zeolite. No longer does the zeolite have a honeycomb shape, with a strong cage-like structure that surrounds and protects bonds with toxins. Instead, the zeolite honeycomb is destroyed, and is merely a bunch of broken, loose pieces, that can be potentially dangerous on their own. (This is why I felt sick after I took a dose of the milled zeolite powder! Who knows what toxic materials I ingested!)
If a zeolite company says that they mill their zeolite, this says a lot about them. One, they don’t mind selling potentially dangerous commercial grade zeolite to their customers. Commercial grade zeolite is contaminated with heavy metals and other toxic materials, and should NEVER be ingested! Two, they don’t want to spend the money to properly micronizing the zeolite. (Milling is extremely cheap and micronizing is not!) Three, if they don’t want to spend any extra money making a product safe for their customers, do you really think that they are going to spend the money having the zeolite properly cleaned?
Only micronized zeolite supplements should be ingested! Micronizing is done by special machines that have lasers, which slice the zeolite in a precise manner that keeps the honeycomb structure perfectly intact. Here is an easier way to think about the differences between milling and micronizing. If we can think about the zeolite being an orange, and then we think about a hammer pounding the orange, and what that orange would look like afterwards, then we can envision just how the structure of the zeolite can easily be destroyed through milling. If we then image an orange, this time being precisely cut with a laser, we can envision how the structure of the zeolite will remain intact.
The micronization process is costly because the zeolite needs to be sent out to a special facility that has machines with these specific capabilities. Usually these facilities also dry the zeolite. They then test the zeolite for moisture levels and micron sizes. These reports are then sent to the supplement company, which ultimately means that the companies who micronize know exactly what they are putting in their products.
The fact that a zeolite supplement company spends the time and money getting their zeolite micronized says a lot about them and how they think about their customers. For one, they probably aren’t getting their zeolite from a commercial mine because it’s not being milled before leaving the mine. Also, they want to deliver a safe, quality product to their customers, regardless of the cost. Furthermore, they can guarantee that the structure of the zeolite is intact, and that it is safe to ingest, because it is tested by the micronization company.
There are not many companies that micronize their zeolite. One that I personally can guarantee does is ZEO Health. They are the original manufacturers of zeolite supplements and micronize their product Zeolite Pure so finely, that it has the consistency of confection sugar. This same zeolite, used in the Zeolite Pure, is also used by Regal Supplements in their product Zetox.