An organic source of silica Diatomaceous Earth is a combination of minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. It has shown many nutritional and anti-fungal benefits in both humans and animals alike. Able to support digestion and detoxify it's a powerful tool in environmental cleansing. This fine powder is made up of the fossilised microscopic skeletal remains of hard-shelled plant-like algae called diatoms.
Ancient Purity presents a plant like algae that has been part of the Earth's ecology from the early beginnings of its history... Diatomaceous Earth is a natural product and is not calcined or flux calcined. Diatomaceous Earth is a sedimentary rock that can easily turn into a white powder when crumbled. It is primarily made up of skeletal structures from underwater plant forms also known as fossils. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an amazing natural product from the purest fresh water source. Diatomaceous Earth also has many health benefits due to its mineral content, which consists of about 85% amorphous silica and approximately 20 trace minerals.
The silica in Diatomaceous Earth is effective in preventing premature ageing. Silica can also make age spots fade and also helps to repair and maintain lung tissue elasticity. The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, needing significantly more silica than even important minerals such as iron. Most people are, in fact, silica deficient. Among other things, enough silica in the body is vital enough for calcium absorption to allow calcium supplements to work. If Silica deficient, as is the case in the vast majority of us, calcium supplementation can even be a negative.
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- Unheated - Fresh Water Source.
- Safe, Clean and Effective.
- Cleansing Detoxification.
- Healthy Skin Definition.
- Rich in Organic Silica.
- Natural Home, Garden Pest & Chemical defence.
- Detoxified Weight-loss.
- Hair, Nail, Bone Health benefits.
- Ultimate Pet Flea and Tick defence.
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Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sand extracted from the earth. It consists of microscopic skeletons of algae — known as diatoms — that have fossilized over millions of years. Not all food grade Diatomaceous Earth is the same, the shape of the diatoms is very important, they should be tubular with holes in the centre on the walls. Diatomaceous Earth should be from a freshwater source as this forms a harder and sharper shell compared to a salt water source Diatomaceous Earth. Other food grade Diatomaceous Earth can contain higher amounts of sediment and clay, making the fossil shell flour a grey to brown colour. Our food grade deposits have been analysed and we are satisfied that our food grade DE is the purest form of freshwater Diatomaceous Earth available.
Food Grade contains 0.5–2% crystalline silica and is used as an insecticide and an anti-caking agent in the agricultural and food industries. It is approved for use by the EPA, USDA, and FDA. The diatoms in Diatomaceous Earth are largely made up of Silica. Silica is commonly found in nature as a component of everything from sand and rocks to plants and humans. However, Diatomaceous Earth is a concentrated source of Silica, which makes it uniquely effective. Commercially available Diatomaceous Earth can contain 80–90% silica, several other trace minerals. It is approved safe for human consumption, unlike many other types on the market. It has multiple uses for yourself, pets and around the house. Diatomaceous Earth is often harvested from areas where large bodies of water once stood and is marketed in two grades - industrial and food grade. Industrial grade Diatomaceous Earth is used for many purposes including water filtration systems in swimming pools, best known for its use as a non-toxic insecticide. However, Fresh Water Sourced Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth offers a host of health benefits.
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How Diatomaceous Earth works
Fossil shell flour is tubular with tiny perforations or holes in the walls. When these millions of microscopic particles move through the stomach and digestive system they absorb and attract bacteria, heavy metals, pesticides and other pathogens. Also during this process, larger parasites are cut or scratched by the hard and sharp DE, which dehydrates and kills them.
Diatomaceous Earth is very hard and sharp. On the true hardness scale, diamonds are 9. Diatomaceous Earth is 7. This is really important because when these millions of tiny hard and sharp tubular fossil shell flour particles pass through the intestines they help scrub the walls, helping to keep the bowel clean. Please note - Breathing in the dust should be avoided. The only cautionary side effect found relating to Food Grade DE has to do with direct inhalation and is essentially the same caution that is advised when handling baby powder. DE is a very fine powder.
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Diatomaceous Earth - Hair, Skin & Nails
Hair is nature's greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram. Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement should be part of your on-going hair care program for revitalising hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, lustre and strength. It is an excellent natural and organic source of silica. If you have thinning hair, you can begin to see new hair growth after a few weeks of taking Diatomaceous Earth, giving your hair a fuller, healthier look. Collagen, which is extremely important for healthy skin, is mostly made up of silica. When we are deficient in silica, our collagen breaks down more quickly. This can lead to older and duller looking skin.
Taking silica can restore and repair the collagen in our body. Silica also helps with skin problems like eczema, rashes, acne, warts, burns and insect bites. The mild abrasive quality of DE makes it an outstanding scrub and exfoliant (Remove dead skin cells) for the skin. Getting in the pores, the silica manages to sweep the dirt that might be clogging it, allowing your skin to breathe better. Of course, the lack of allergies resulting from DE use is not absolute. It is recommended that individuals first apply the product on their skin and see if any negative reaction occurs. Diatomaceous Earth strengthens your nails by supplementing the nail bed with silica. It restores the appearance and strength of weak nails preventing breakages. If you have problems with toe nail fungus, try sprinkling some DE in your socks on a daily basis. This should dry up the socks as the DE absorbs the moisture, removing any means of water for the fungus. At the same time, this actually gets rid of any lingering smell on the sock. You can also try sprinkling the same inside your shoes and be amazed at how well this works for you.
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How it Detoxifies & Detox Weight-loss
The sharp points found on fossilised diatom exoskeletons create a safe and non-toxic strong abrasive that scrubs intestinal walls and cuts up any parasites present in the digestive tract. Additionally, as it passes the digestive tract, it attracts and absorbs pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. It also absorbs and removes pesticides, heavy metals, and drug residues.
Our customers have reported Diatomaceous Earth helps them lose weight, however... there isn't anything in it that burns fat, but it can promote digestive health by cleansing your body of toxins that slow it down. Getting rid of these toxins improves your body's functionality, which may help you shed weight faster as you exercise and eat well. Detoxing also creates a general sense of energy and well-being, which can help you have the motivation you need to exercise. Some people also find that taking Diatomaceous Earth first thing in the morning curbs their appetite throughout the day, helping them control how much they eat. People also say that DE helps them control cravings for sugar.
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Diatomaceous Earth & Purifying Water
Diatomaceous Earth is actually used in many filtration products, including the trademarked brand name Celite, because its chemical composition makes it a great filtration aid. It’s able to filter very fine particles that otherwise pass through or clog filter papers. This makes it a common product used in water filters to help prevent tap water toxicity and also purification practices for fish tanks. Additionally, it’s also important for manufacturing beer and wine, syrups, sugar, and honey without removing or altering their colour, taste or nutritional properties.
A study published in the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that Diatomaceous Earth helps kill viruses and purify drinking water. Viruses have been found to be dangerous and abundant in certain sources of drinking water, raising the risk for viral infections and having a significant impact on bacteria and algae populations in the ecosystem. Researchers tested the effects of a filter containing DE on tap water that was contaminated with heavy metals and various viral strains. The results of the study showed that Diatomaceous Earth helped absorb up to 80% of the viruses present, including poliovirus 1, echovirus 5 and coxsackievirus B5 (A virus associated with various human diseases such as viral encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, paralysis, herpangina, and hand, foot and mouth disease), which were all present in tap water even after filtration.
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Use Diatomaceous Earth in your Home
NOTE: See our ‘Suggested Use’ section on how to use DE in your home. In the USA Diatomaceous Earth is classified under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act as a safe substance for household use. It’s a natural insecticide, since it absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, which causes them to dehydrate and die of water deficiency. This is why it’s also useful in food preservation, as a natural home deodoriser and cleanser, and for helping to treat livestock suffering from parasites.
Research suggests that using Diatomaceous Earth can help eliminate bed bugs, house dust mites, cockroaches, ants (such as ant hills) and fleas within your home without the use for harsh chemicals. According to the website for Pest Control Technologies, silica gels have been used by the pest control industry for more than a half century since they safely produce an electrostatic charge that helps them adhere to insects crawling over treated surfaces. Silica gel and Diatomaceous Earth have been found in studies to kill insects by removing a portion of the razor-thin, waxy outer coating that helps an insect to conserve moisture, which allows them to work better than other products that relay on abrasion or poisoning.
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Diatomaceous Earth - Joints, Bones & Ligaments
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Ageing stated that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue and helps prevent low bone mass (osteoporosis), which is considered “a silent epidemic of the 21st century.” Silica within Diatomaceous Earth helps with normal bone metabolism and joint formation, with evidence over the past 30 years suggesting there’s a positive association between dietary silicon intake and better bone mineral density. Thus, Diatomaceous Earth makes a great addition to any osteoporosis diet and treatment plan.
A number of possible mechanisms for how this works have been suggested, including the possibility that silicon helps with synthesis of collagen (Used to form joints, the lining of the digestive tract and connective tissue) and within the mineralisation of bones. While more research is still needed, it appears that silica supplementation can be used to help support normal metabolic processes, preserve joint health and prevent bone disorders. Diatomaceous Earth also seems to have anti-ageing effects by helping with the use of calcium in forming strong bones, nails and teeth. As you can see by now, there are extensive benefits and there might even be more…but that’s for you to find out.
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Diatomaceous Earth… Closing Thoughts
In general considered to be safe, Diatomaceous Earth comes from one-celled plant species, fossilised diatoms. Diatoms are hard-shelled algae that come from bodies of water. Typically you’ll find DE sold in powder form and used for an array of needs. Ancient Purity highly advises you purchase food grade DE! Diatomaceous Earth has a rich amount of silica which makes it perfect for skin and hair use. It is been often nicknamed, ‘miracle dust’ and ‘fossil shell flour’.
Research also revealed that Diatomaceous Earth has a negative charge that proves to be helpful with regards to health considerations. Ancient Purity’s Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth has recently become popular as a dietary supplement. It might provide the following health-improving benefits: cleanse the digestive tract, promote skin health and strong nails, support healthy digestion, promote hair growth, improve cholesterol and heart health, provide the body with trace minerals and improve bone health.
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- Diatomaceous Earth powder (Fresh Water Sourced) Unheated - 100% Natural
- Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free.
Adults: Diatomaceous Earth does not have an unpleasant taste. Since Diatomaceous Earth does not dissolve, it may be necessary to stir a few times while drinking to prevent settling. Your healthcare practitioner may advise a higher amount, please research the amount and talk to your healthcare professional.
- Take 1 - 2 teaspoons daily in water, smoothies, juices.
- Take on an empty stomach.
- As some people experience high energy levels, it is best to take it in the morning hours.
Skin: Diatomaceous earth also works as a fantastic exfoliator, making it a perfect addition to many skin care products.
At Home: Use against house insects (ants, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, flies, fleas, ticks, etc.). Sprinkle the area which you suspect is infested.
- Brush and vacuum carpets or any area where you think bugs, insects or fleas could be lurking. This will improve the efficacy of diatomaceous earth for flea and other pest problems, because it aggravates them and gets them to move, which allows DE to work better.
- Apply Diatomaceous Earth powder where needed in your home, yard, carpets, car, etc. Rub the powder into the carpets with a broom. Use enough to finely cover the surface but not too much that it’s easy to breathe in a lot.
- Let the powder sit for about four to 12 hours before vacuuming. It’s recommended that you repeat this process once a week for a total of 2-4 weeks.
Pets: Diatomaceous Earth benefits pets and other animals similarly to the way it does humans, and it can have other benefits as well. For example, rubbing diatomaceous earth on their coats will ward off fleas and ticks and given internally, it is an excellent de-wormer.
The Dosage for Dogs is as Follows:
- Small dogs should receive 1/2 teaspoon.
- Under 50 pounds - 1 teaspoon.
- 50 to 100 pounds - 1 tablespoon.
- More than 100 pounds - 1 to 2 tablespoons.
Cats: Cats should be given 1 teaspoon. Kittens should receive 1/4 of a teaspoon. Diatomaceous earth can also be added to kitty litter and pet carriers to reduce odours.
Plants & Vegetables: Gardeners can find that diatomaceous earth is a dream come true. The sharp points scratch the exoskeleton of insects causing them to dry out and die and the powder also absorbs fats (lipids) from the hard exoskeletons of the insects, drying them even further. It makes an excellent pesticide, effectively controlling aphids, thrips, mites, snails, and slugs without harming worms or beneficial soil microorganisms.
Natural plant protection against insects: DE is the organic way of controlling insects in the garden, greenhouse, orchard, and other places. Use it for control of slugs, whitefly, beetles, mites, grasshoppers, etc. For use in the greenhouse or outdoors on fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass - up to and including the day of harvest. Ensure coverage over the entire plant, including under the leaves. For young plants, 2 lbs (0.75kg) per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, 5 lbs (1.8kg) per acre may be enough. Add 7 lbs (2.6kg) of DE to each ton of grain and mix well to kill bugs in the grain.
IMPORTANT NOTES: When using food grade diatomaceous earth externally, such as in the garden or on pets, it is probably a good idea to wear a dust mask and gloves. Breathing in too much food grade Diatomaceous Earth may irritate the mucus membranes in the nose and mouth and it may dry out your skin. Once the dust settles, it does not pose a threat. Diatomaceous Earth can also dry out your skin.
- Brand: Ancient Purity.
- Size: 220g.
- Origin: Peru
- Container: Kraft Paper Pouch.
- Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 - 4 years. (It is already thousands of years old).
- Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.
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Q - What does DE mean?
A - Diatomaceous Earth, It is simply an abbreviation.
Q - How can something that kills bugs not be harmful for me and my pets?
A - Remember Diatomaceous Earth kills insects by PHYSICAL action---not chemical. Hundreds of the microscopic particles get all over the insects body. As the insects move, it scratches the waxy coating off of them and they dehydrate and die. Because the particles are so small--they cause no harm to people and pets. It is a simple mineral - silica. Please note i do not want to promote the killing of any creatures no matter how small, but this is for your information - Health Refugee
Q - How much Food Grade DE should a person take each day?
A - You could take 1 heaped tablespoon per day in liquid of your choice. I use juice, but many just put in a glass of water. I know some who take 2 or 3 tablespoons a day, but that is usually for a severe problem they are trying to correct. I also know some who just take a teaspoon per day to start out with and work up to a tablespoon - Health Refugee
Q - I have heard DE is dangerous--especially breathing it in.
A - Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth often gets confused with filter grade Diatomaceous Earth. Filter grade DE starts out as food grade, but it is heated to about 1,000 degrees and chemicals are added to crystallize it. This works great for filtering but is dangerous to people and animals. Breathing the crystallized product in over long periods of time causes a disease called silicoses. The world health org. has said that DE needs to be less than 2% crystalline silica in order to be considered safe. The filter grade DE is 60% crystalline!! -- Stay away from it --- it is dangerous!! This food grade Diatomaceous Earth on the other hand is less than .50% crystalline silica. As you can see, that is more than 4 times less than it needs to be to be considered safe! Daily use of Food Grade DE for people, pets and around the home is perfectly safe. But it should be treated like any other dusty product, if you are going to breath it in over long periods of time, wear a dust mask ---- but it should in no way be compared to the dangerous crystallized filter grade.
Q - Will Food Grade DE interfere with any medication I am now taking?
A - Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral---silica. We have never had an issue where anyone has reported problem or reaction to taking DE. If you have any questions as to interactions with medications you are taking---ask your doctor or pharmacist if taking a silica supplement will cause any problems. We know nothing about pharmaceutical drugs so we cannot advise on using both at the same time. Please know this is no direspect to pharma drugs or the good people who prescribe them, i have too much still to learn about natural products to start leaning about anything pharmaceutical - Health Refugee
Q - Does Diatomaceous Earth ever get old or expire?
A - No, Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral and will never expire---remember--it is already thousands of years old, and so could you live to be if you follow a healthy organic lifestyle and use Ancient Purity products ; ) - Health Refugee
Supporting Scientific Research
- Prakash, N.B., Anitha, M.S., Sandhya, K. 2016. Behaviour of different levels and grades of diatomite as silicon source in acidic and alkaline soils. Silicon.
- Fernandez, M. I.; Woodward, B. W.; Stromberg, B. E. (1998). "Effect of diatomaceous earth as an anthelmintic treatment on internal parasites and feedlot performance of beef steers". Animal Science. 66 (3): 635–641.
- Bryan M. Grommersch, Jitendra Pant, Sean P. Hopkins, Marcus J. Goudie, and Hitesh Handa . Biotemplated Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Nitric Oxide-Releasing Diatomaceous Earth Silica Particles. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2018, 10 (3) , 2291-2301.
- Patrick Aggrey, Bakhodur Abdusatorov, Yuliya Kan, Igor A. Salimon, Svetlana A. Lipovskikh, Sergey Luchkin, Denis M. Zhigunov, Alexey I. Salimon, Alexander M. Korsunsky. In Situ Formation of Nanoporous Silicon on a Silicon Wafer via the Magnesiothermic Reduction Reaction (MRR) of Diatomaceous Earth. Nanomaterials 2020, 10 (4) , 601.
- Zlatko Korunic. Review Diatomaceous earths, a group of natural insecticides. Journal of Stored Products Research 1998, 34 (2-3) , 87-97.
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