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Bentonite Clay Review – 4 Things To Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | What's Inside? | Cost | Verdict

Bentonite Clay is a mineral based powder beneficial due to its ability to absorb toxins, harmful chemicals, and heavy metals while releasing beneficial substances throughout the entire body. The formula can be applied locally as a face mask or healing poultice on various other areas (directly on the skin by mixing the product with water) or used as a detoxifying agent (by soaking some of it into bathing water) with benefits on the entire body.
The product is manufactured by Nature’s Choice, one of the largest South African wholefood manufacturer and distributor. The company has a reputation for offering quality products. The company was founded almost 30 years ago and claims to have been driven by the desire of bringing high-quality products to the houses of the population as a whole.
Bentonite Clay is mainly promoted as a face cleaning formula different from conventional beauty products that contain various chemicals known to dry or irritate the skin. The clay is touted as beneficial in unclogging pores and removing harmful toxins. As a result, acne problems can pass away, and the skin will look younger than before. For a correct usage, Bentonite Clay must be mixed with warm water. The consistency should be thick and creamy so that it can be successfully applied generously to the face and neck.
The formula can be used on a daily basis or a couple of times a week, depending on the skin type, the type of moisture used, and several other factors. The manufacturer states that it can take several applications of before strong results are noticed.

What’s Inside?

1) What’s Inside Bentonite Clay?

Bentonite Clay includes the following ingredients: Bentonite, Silicon, Iron, and Magnesium.

2) Does Bentonite Clay Work and it is Safe?

Bentonite Clay consists of a type of ash that comes from volcanic activity. It has been widely used in many parts of the world. It is promoted as a natural product for healing and for drawing toxins out of the skin. Our environment, cosmetics, aging, and even our diet can all play a role in our skin’s health. Many people are looking for a natural way to get a healthy skin aspect, free of acne and blemishes.

There has been some research that shows the use of Bentonite Clay can be useful for removing a variety of types of toxins from the body. Some medical facilities use it when someone has been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning to help draw out the toxins that can be very dangerous to the body.

A strange fact about the formula is that the official page only lists the benefits it may have on the face. There is no mentioning of the other possible uses of this formulation. More so, there is no list of ingredients available on the manufacturer’s page, nor were we able to identify a “side effects and warnings” section regarding the formula. This is uncomfortable, mainly because a more detailed research reveals other potential benefits of this powder and its active ingredients, as well as a more comprehensive description of its overall therapeutic claims.

Some of the special precautions needed to be taken into consideration when using the formula as a face mask are to avoid the eyes, nose, and mouth areas. The product should be allowed to sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. When used as a general detoxifying agent, the powder must be added to the hot water making sure it is broken up completely. For full effects, the person must stay in this water for 20-30 minutes. Bentonite Clay may also be consumed as a drink by mixing a tablespoon of the powder with a glass of warm water.

An important thing to remember is to handle the product using only plastic or wood tools, as any contact with metal will neutralize the clay’s beneficial effects. There are no indications regarding the exact dosage recommended for each of the listed uses.


3) How Much Does Bentonite Clay Cost?

The price of the Bentonite Clay is moderate, but it is impossible to say for how long one container will last. This depends mainly on how the consumer chooses to administer the formula and the intensity of its use. The formula can be purchased online directly from the manufacturer’s site. Only clients from South Africa and a few other African countries (Namibia, Botswana, and Swaziland) can place online orders on the official site.

Other online retailers offer similar options (limiting the delivery to consumers from the African territory). The formula seems to be available at various health food stores worldwide. The official page does not offer a store locator, making it difficult for a potential client to see where the nearest store that commercializes this product is located.


4) Our Verdict on Bentonite Clay

Given the information found upon researching the active ingredients found in Bentonite Clay, it is possible that this product will help in detoxifying cures as stated by the manufacturer’s claims. However, there are many other natural approaches to keeping the levels of harmful substances entering the body under control. For example, eating right, drinking lots of water, and exercising daily can all help to flush toxins out of the body naturally.

There aren’t any known side effects or harsh ingredients according to the company. For many consumers interested in natural and herbal solutions, this product might be worth trying. It is relatively straightforward to use, and it is considerably less expensive and risky than other procedures or products. However, in the case of any unwanted side effect, it is advisable to immediately discontinue the use and call to a specialized healthcare practitioner.

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