Now Foods Bentonite Powder

Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound

Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound

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Purification 100% Pure Clay Bentonite is a soft, volcanic clay mined from various locales around the world.It is also known as montmorillonite or fuller’s earth. Bentonite was historically used by Native Americans for purification and healing. This powdered clay can be used for masks, shaving, or for oily hair and scalp.

Customer Reviews

183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sodium Bentonite Powder, March 13, 2011
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound (Health and Beauty)

I bought this Bentonite Powder with less research than I normally put into a product before buying, only to find out that there are two forms of bentonite powder and as usual, I happened to order the wrong type. I was looking for a Bentonite Powder to use in conjunction with Pysllium Husks for a colon cleanse. This Bentonite Powder by NOW foods is SODIUM bentonite powder as opposed to CALCIUM bentonite powder which is used typically for cleansing the body.

In short, if you are looking for Sodium Bentonite Powder at a great price to use for topical uses, than this is the perfect product for you. I am planning to try it out for topical use regardless and order some Calcium Bentonite Powder as well.

PROS
+Great value. (much bigger bottle than expected)
+Good for topical use. (face mask)

CONS
+Not explicit in type of bentonite powder.

BOTTOM LINE
For topical use, you can’t go wrong. If you are looking for a detox/cleansing version, get the Calcium Bentonite Powder.

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Relieve your acid reflux! Instantly!, July 27, 2011
By
Pirate Jenny (North Jersey)
This review is from: Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound (Health and Beauty)

I don’t know why I bought this originally–possibly for facials, or a “cleanse”–but I discovered that it relieved my acid reflux.

I coughed for months…maybe even years…without realizing I had GERD. Once it progressed to burning pain, I tried many remedies, including aloe vera juice, baking soda, antacids and diet changes. Bentonite clay is so effective, I was virtually cured in two weeks. Initially, I took one spoonful of “gel” (instructions follow) several times a day, because I was in constant pain. Eventually, I started taking it only once a day and it worked for 24 hours. Now I only take it as needed–once a week or less.

I keep it pre-mixed in a jar at all times, since I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night having a terrible attack.
It usually works as it’s going down…instant relief!

To prepare: put some water in a jar and then add a few spoonfuls of clay. You don’t need to stir it…just let it sit overnight. In the morning, add more water if necessary and stir. I like the consistency to be like a soft pudding or yogurt. You can keep it in the fridge & the coolness will be extra soothing. However, I leave mine at room temperature; I just make sure to always use a clean spoon when taking a dose so it doesn’t get bacteria in it.

This method is easier & less messy than trying to mix the clay into water every time you want to take it. It is also safer, as the dry clay could cause choking or constipation by absorbing water after ingestion.

Because bentonite IS so absorbent, it may be best to take it an hour or so before/after taking vitamins and medications, just to be sure it doesn’t interfere with their effectiveness.

The gel is also very effective at soothing bug bites & rashes, and absorbing any irritant on your skin. A friend had an allergic reaction to tea tree oil, and I had an allergic reaction to a hair remover. In both cases our skin was so sensitive we couldn’t “scrub” off the oil/lotion…plastering it with bentonite gel (let sit for several minutes, then gently rinse off) cleared up the pain & swelling very quickly. I think it might help with poison ivy exposure, although I haven’t needed to try it, luckily!

I haven’t tried any other brands, but the NOW brand is very clean and fine. It’s a great price, too, for such a significant improvement in my health.
I have shared these remedies with many people…I hope this review will help many more!

UPDATE: Since writing this review, I have ordered bentonite clay from Frontier Herbs, and it was very salty & bitter. The NOW Foods clay is not unpleasant, and has almost no flavor at all. Not terribly important if you’re using topically, but since I use it internally, I re-recommend this brand! 🙂

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  1. 183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sodium Bentonite Powder, March 13, 2011
    By 

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound (Health and Beauty)

    I bought this Bentonite Powder with less research than I normally put into a product before buying, only to find out that there are two forms of bentonite powder and as usual, I happened to order the wrong type. I was looking for a Bentonite Powder to use in conjunction with Pysllium Husks for a colon cleanse. This Bentonite Powder by NOW foods is SODIUM bentonite powder as opposed to CALCIUM bentonite powder which is used typically for cleansing the body.

    In short, if you are looking for Sodium Bentonite Powder at a great price to use for topical uses, than this is the perfect product for you. I am planning to try it out for topical use regardless and order some Calcium Bentonite Powder as well.

    PROS
    +Great value. (much bigger bottle than expected)
    +Good for topical use. (face mask)

    CONS
    +Not explicit in type of bentonite powder.

    BOTTOM LINE
    For topical use, you can’t go wrong. If you are looking for a detox/cleansing version, get the Calcium Bentonite Powder.

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  2. 53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Relieve your acid reflux! Instantly!, July 27, 2011
    By 
    Pirate Jenny (North Jersey) –

    This review is from: Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound (Health and Beauty)

    I don’t know why I bought this originally–possibly for facials, or a “cleanse”–but I discovered that it relieved my acid reflux.

    I coughed for months…maybe even years…without realizing I had GERD. Once it progressed to burning pain, I tried many remedies, including aloe vera juice, baking soda, antacids and diet changes. Bentonite clay is so effective, I was virtually cured in two weeks. Initially, I took one spoonful of “gel” (instructions follow) several times a day, because I was in constant pain. Eventually, I started taking it only once a day and it worked for 24 hours. Now I only take it as needed–once a week or less.

    I keep it pre-mixed in a jar at all times, since I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night having a terrible attack.
    It usually works as it’s going down…instant relief!

    To prepare: put some water in a jar and then add a few spoonfuls of clay. You don’t need to stir it…just let it sit overnight. In the morning, add more water if necessary and stir. I like the consistency to be like a soft pudding or yogurt. You can keep it in the fridge & the coolness will be extra soothing. However, I leave mine at room temperature; I just make sure to always use a clean spoon when taking a dose so it doesn’t get bacteria in it.

    This method is easier & less messy than trying to mix the clay into water every time you want to take it. It is also safer, as the dry clay could cause choking or constipation by absorbing water after ingestion.

    Because bentonite IS so absorbent, it may be best to take it an hour or so before/after taking vitamins and medications, just to be sure it doesn’t interfere with their effectiveness.

    The gel is also very effective at soothing bug bites & rashes, and absorbing any irritant on your skin. A friend had an allergic reaction to tea tree oil, and I had an allergic reaction to a hair remover. In both cases our skin was so sensitive we couldn’t “scrub” off the oil/lotion…plastering it with bentonite gel (let sit for several minutes, then gently rinse off) cleared up the pain & swelling very quickly. I think it might help with poison ivy exposure, although I haven’t needed to try it, luckily!

    I haven’t tried any other brands, but the NOW brand is very clean and fine. It’s a great price, too, for such a significant improvement in my health.
    I have shared these remedies with many people…I hope this review will help many more!

    UPDATE: Since writing this review, I have ordered bentonite clay from Frontier Herbs, and it was very salty & bitter. The NOW Foods clay is not unpleasant, and has almost no flavor at all. Not terribly important if you’re using topically, but since I use it internally, I re-recommend this brand! 🙂

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  3. 79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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    Sodium Bentonite versus Calcium Bentonite: there is a difference, February 18, 2012
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    This review is from: Now Foods Bentonite Powder, 1-Pound (Health and Beauty)

    Calcium is the stuff you want to take internally, not the sodium, which is different:A Bentonite is a Bentonite, right? Wrong. But this particular clay is a Calcium Montmorillonite, which is structurally different from other very similar clays that are called Bentonite, Fuller’s Earth, AKaolinite,or Smectite. Some of the other clays have active properties for various uses, and may in fact produce some health benefits, but many of them were studied and found to be suboptimal. In fact, some were useless or even hazardous.

    Marketers and money
    Today, the healing or living clay market has grown as more and more people seek natural, complementary health and nutrition alternatives. And many people are very excited about clay for internal and external health uses. Unfortunately, the market has been filled with many cheap substitutes to Calcium Bentonite.

    For example, whenever you see the term, `Bentonite” you can usually count on it being Sodium Bentonite. Why would a company sell Sodium Bentonite, when all the health and nutrition studies were done on Calcium Bentonite/ Calcium Montmorillonite? The answer is simple:

    a. Sodium Bentonite is cheaper because it is mined in large strip mining operations and used in industrial and commercial applications such as oil drilling, paints, and pond liners.

    b. As explained above nutraceutical and cosmeceutical companies make money off the consumer’s need to generalize in order to comprehend the product…most folks just don’t have the time or make the time to understand the difference.

    People naturally think Bentonite is Bentonite. The market is calling all of these products “Bentonite”, and trying to undercut each other’s prices by substituting Calcium Bentonite with Sodium Bentonite.

    But this is a big mistake, because Sodium Bentonite is not generally suitable for ingestion.

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