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I saw some trace mineral products (including Trace Mineral Research) that include minerals such as Beryllium, Neodymium, and others that are considered “toxic”. What is the purpose of having these in the supplement? Is there any danger in long-term use of trace mineral products containing these elements?
Also, what are the differences in taking a colloidal/liquid vs a tablet and are there indications when one should be used over the other?
Our planet is filled with macro and trace minerals. Every time you eat a mouthful of vegetables, meats, fruit, etc., (especially organic) you are getting very small, trace quantities of lead, mercury, arsenic, and the two you mentioned—beryllium and neodymium. In many cases, these trace amounts are so low that even our best analytical equipment might not be able to measure them. When a company uses natural minerals from any source other than lab-purified USP pharmaceutical grade, there will always be some trace minerals present such as the not-desired ones mentioned. However, much less will be absorbed than what you take in every day from breathing and eating organic foods. The honest companies, like Trace Mineral Research, do not lie to you. They do not hide the truth that these are present.
Colloidal minerals are very poorly absorbed because they are in the IONIC form. Colloidal form is the best absorbed. In the tablet form, these minerals become ionic after mixing with water in our bodies. A fantastic article was written by a researcher on this subject and published many years ago. It is an open source on the web and is available below:
Please read it as it will help answer your questions.
David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM, Price-Pottenger Vice President