Zeolite Detox - Scam or Zeo-Right?

Sep 29, 2011 | Stacy Matson | Cutting Edge
Zeolite Detox - Scam or Zeo-Right?

image by: Jmendez87

Feeling sluggish and out of sorts? Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive issues? Worried about the recent Fukushima fallout or the next one? Maybe its time for a whole body detox with Zeolite!

Every day we put toxins into our mouths through food and drink, breathe them into our lungs, and track them into our homes without really knowing how much damage they cause.

In fact, in your body right now you’ll find fire-retardant chemicals, toxic metals like, aluminum, cadmium, chromium, iron, mercury, and lead, pesticides, plastic particles and dozens of other scary residues. Of all the environmental toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis toxic metals seem to be the most destructive.  And we are not even talking about nuclear fallout.1,2

The danger is that they quietly accumulate in your body over time and have been linked to many serious health issues such as cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems like Alzheimers, memory loss, mood swings, nerve, joint and muscle disorders, cardiovascular, skeletal, blood, immune, kidney, skin, and hormonal problems… and that’s just the beginning.

Detoxifying the body –  the gospel according to New Age practitioners and one of the latest fads amongst Hollywood celebrities, is actually something that has been practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world. Detoxification of the body isn’t about rapid weight loss or what you swear to do on a Sunday after one too many drinks, it’s about cleaning and healing the body from the inside out.

The body is naturally in a state of constant detox thanks to our liver and kidneys. However, due to our modern diet and the toxic chemicals we ingest daily, the body may need a bit of help along the way. 

Could Zeolite, commonly known as Clinoptilolite or Aluminum calcium silicate be the answer? 

Zeolite is primarily used for water purification and a feed additive and soil amendment in the agriculture industry but thanks to ‘Fukushima fall out hysteria’, Zeolite detoxification has been thrust into the limelight. Found in volcanic rock Zeolite may help to remove toxins from the body such as mercury, lead, arsenic and pesticides, as well as the common radioactive isotopes found in nuclear fallout including iodine131, strontium and even cesium.3-9

It is thought that this negative charge and  “honeycomb” structure.acts like a magnet and pulls the positively charged toxins, especially toxic metals into the cells of the honeycomb; the trapped toxins are then allegedly eliminated from the body through urine, sweat, and feces.10

Zeolite may also help balance the body's pH levels. This is important because foreign cells- cancer and viral - apparently don't thrive in pH-balanced environments. Zeolite is also touted as a powerful antioxidant and eliminates free radicals as well as activating the P21 gene which appears to halt the growth of tumors by suppressing growth signals.11

Is Zeolite detox safe?

Zeolite, under the name aluminum calcium silicate, is listed on the FDA's GRAS list (generally recognized as safe) and is widely used in the cosmetic industry. Companies that sell Zeolite for human detoxification state that it is non toxic, safe for children, pets and pregnant and nursing women, but bear in mind there have been no significant human studies and the U.S. FDA has also disputed some of the health claims.12-15

Zeolite comes in two forms, liquid and powder and there continues to be debate about which type is more beneficial. Some say that the powdered form is more safe, retains its crucial honeycomb shape, is 95% pure and is much more concentrated.  Whereas the process used to make the liquid form destroys the honeycomb shape making it less effective at trapping toxins. And although the liquid is thought to be more easily absorbed into the body, there is less Zeolite in an entire bottle of liquid Zeolite than in one teaspoon of powdered Zeolite.16-17

Dehydration is supposedly the main side effect but Zeolite may also interfere with consumed food and prescription drugs. As a guideline an adult is supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, however, while taking Zeolite you may want to increase this amount by 2-3 glasses per day. Initially you may notice detox symptoms like headache, diarrhea or body aches. These are normal.

Sometimes people feel sleepy while detoxing.  If that is the case try to take naps. The body does most of its healing during sleep, so whenever possible try to get eight hours of sleep at night. For most people these detox symptoms are minimal and last only a day or two. If it is bothersome you can experiment with your dosage.18

So, what's the proof that Zeolite works in humans?

Not much. The bulk of the evidence is anecdotal. Human clinical studies are basically non-existent!

Most of the studies have been related primarily to water purification in the agriculture industry, although it has been used in the clean-up of contamination from nuclear facility disasters including Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and most recently at Fukushima.19,20

The published literature is sparse and is limited to in vitro and animal studies. As an example a study from the Ruder Boskovic Institute in Croatia found that, “cancer-stricken dogs and mice given Zeolite experienced an overall improved health status". 21-24 

The study that is cited regularly by Zeolite Internet advocates was done in 2005, was preliminary and was done by Lifelink Pharmaceuticals in Ohio. For 14 months 65 people with stage 4 cancer were given high doses of liquid Zeolite and at the end of the study, 51 people were cancer free and six more were alive, but still fighting cancer. However this study apparently has never been officially published nor has there been any official comments on the follow up status of the study group.25

The Bottom Line

Zeolite remains controversial. There isn’t any significant human clinical studies on Zeolite’s potential health benefits. But maybe it’s worth a try “if the impact of nuclear disaster was minimized and future exposure to harmful chemicals might be reduced by the use of raw zeolite".26

So, If you decide to take Zeolite, several companies are ready to sell you the product, either in powdered or liquid form. It’s Your Call.

Published September 29, 2011, updated July 29, 2012


  1. Walsh B, The Perils of Plastic, Time Specials, April 1, 2010
  2. Heavy Metals, Water Treatment Solutions, Lenntech
  3. The Zeolite Group of Minerals, Amethyst Galleries
  4. Zeolite Structure, Natural Extracts Australia
  5. Mumpton F, La roca magica: Uses of natural zeolites in agriculture and industry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PNAS March 30, 1999 vol. 96 no. 7 3463-3470
  6. Nuclear: Radioactive Waste Treatment, Steelhead Specialty Minerals,
  7. Rothstein P, Zeolite may prove useful for the detoxification following radiation exposure, NaturalNews.com, March 29, 2011
  8. Bell RG, What are Zeolites, British Zeolite Association, May 2001
  9. Erdem E, The removal of heavy metal cations by natural zeolites, J Colloid Interface Sci. 2004 Dec 15;280(2):309-14
  10. Rhodes CJ, Properties and Applications of Zeolites, Sci Prog. 2010;93(Pt 3):223-84
  11. Zeolite, Mechanisn of Action, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  12. Aluminum calcium silicate, Select Committee on GRAS Substances (SCOGS) Opinion: Aluminum calcium silicate, U.S. FDA
  13. Elmore AR, Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Aluminum silicate... Int J Toxicol. 2003;22 Suppl 1:37-102
  14. Zeolite Research and Scientific papers on Clinoptilolite, Australian Zeolite Products
  15. ZEO Health FDA Warning Letter, Casewatch, June 29,2007
  16. What is the Best Zeolite, Zeolitescams.com
  17. My Advice - Don't Drink Liquid Zeolite, Jonathan Campbell, Health Consultant
  18. Zeolite Side Effects, Zeolitesideeffects.com
  19. Clinoptilolite studies, PubMed Search
  20. Zeolite and Radiation Exposure Protection, Rocky Mountain Alchemies
  21. Zarkovic N, Anticancer and antioxidative effects of micronized zeolite clinoptilolite, Anticancer Res. 2003 Mar-Apr;23(2B):1589-95
  22. Pavelic K, Natural Zeolite Clinoptilolite - New adjuvant in Anticancer therapy, J Mol Med (Berl). 2001;78(12):708-20 
  23. Zeolite Science, etszeolite.com
  24. Ivkovic S, Dietary supplementation with the tribomechanically activated zeolite clinoptilolite in immunodeficiency: effects on the immune system, Adv Ther. 2004 Mar-Apr;21(2):135-47 
  25. Can activated liquid Zeolite cure Cancer? ZeoliteReview.org, April 9, 2009
  26. Radiation Exposure and Zeolites, HeallthyNaturalSolutions.com, March 21, 2011  

Stacy Matson, a health enthusiast from Southern California, regularly blogs on Celebrity Health for A Healthier World, as well as contributing to the Best of the Best. Stacy Matson is also on Health Entertainment Network.

Introducing Stitches!

Your Path to Meaningful Connections in the World of Health and Medicine
Connect, Collaborate, and Engage!

Coming Soon - Stitches, the innovative chat app from the creators of HWN. Join meaningful conversations on health and medical topics. Share text, images, and videos seamlessly. Connect directly within HWN's topic pages and articles.

Be the first to know when Stitches starts accepting users

The Latest from Cutting Edge

Jet Lag…Timing is Everything
Jet Lag...Timing is Everything

Welcome to the jet age. On any given day millions of people suffer from jet lag. Can we minimize the curse of modern day travel?

E-cigarettes: Clever Marketing or Wonder Cure
E-cigarettes: Clever Marketing or Wonder Cure

It looks and glows like a cigarette. Yet it is supposedly healthy and safe and helps you kick the nicotine habit. Is it a contradiction in terms or a wonder cure for smoking?

Erectile Dysfunction - A Really Big Issue
Erectile Dysfunction - A Really Big Issue

ED is a health disorder that is treatable and even curable. But, most people don't have the patience to control ongoing health issues or change their lifestyle. Do you?

Stay Connected

Health Cloud