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Old 02-25-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

hi All, Is anyone familiar with using food grade Diatomaceous Earth, DE as a food supplement? I'd appreciate any feed back I can get.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

I've heard of it, but why are you considering it? What benefits do you hope to gain?

It's...sand. Silica, sodium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and other "trace minerals."
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

I've read that the silica is involved heavily in the regeneration process for bones and connective tissue, by serving as the framework in which the other minerals are held together. Additionally, it is supposed to be beneficial in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, which is an issue for me currently. I was just wondering what those here with a background in such things have to say.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

isn't silica that stuff that comes in shoes for moisture control and says "do not eat?"
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:02 AM   #5
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

In a powder form, it is used for pest control. See http://www.ghorganics.com/DiatomaceousEarth.html (wfs) According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth (wfs), food-grade DE has a lower percentage of silica.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:06 AM   #6
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

Different type of silica.

Diatoms are SiO2. Aka Quartz.

I've never heard of the silicon-bone connection, but I'd like to know more. Whenever I think of bones, I think calcium.

(How many Quartz in a Gallonz?- sorry, obligitory geologist's humour)
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

I thought DE was used in some fish tank filters...maybe its like fiber
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

I knew I was on to something with "mud pies" as a kid!
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement

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Additionally, it is supposed to be beneficial in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, which is an issue for me currently. I was just wondering what those here with a background in such things have to say.
eat more veggies,less bacon, ribs, etc.
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Different type of silica.

Diatoms are SiO2. Aka Quartz.


(How many Quartz in a Gallonz?- sorry, obligitory geologist's humour)
LOL.. that was good Kurt.
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