Diatomaceous Earth: Basic Facts
Deposits of diatomite are found throughout diverse regions of the world, typically in lakes and marine areas. There are generally five common varieties of diatomite sourced throughout the world today: Tripolite (from Tripoli, Libya), Bann (from Lower Bann Valley, Ireland), Moller (from Denmark), freshwater lake regions, and saltwater.
What is Diatomaceous Earth?Two forms of diatomite are in use today: food-grade (unheated/unadulterated) and industrial grade (heated). Food-grade diatomaceous earth is naturally dried (termed "uncalcined") and has different properties and structure than industrial-grade diatomite. The heating of the diatomaceous earth for industrial use changes the structure from amorphous (unstructured, free-flowing) characteristics to a crystallized, structured form (calcined).
The overwhelming majority of diatomaceous earth is used in industrial applications, such as:
- Insecticide and commercial pesticide
- Filtration medium in water systems, swimming pools, and food
- Mild abrasive use in hygiene products such as toothpaste and facial washes
- Absorbent use such as in toxic liquid spills, cat litter, and ethylene gas
- Use in DNA processing and purification
- Hydroponic garden growing medium
- Anti-caking agent in grain storage and livestock dewormer
Though the majority of diatomaceous applications are industrial in scope, an increasing area of interest for its use lie in human and animal applications, particularly for its exciting benefit as a safe and effective anti-parasitic. Data suggests that food-grade diatomaceous, which is rich in silica content, may have positive effects on skeletal health and metabolism.Up to one-third of diatomite's natural silica content is rendered bioavailable for the nutritive trace mineral silicon, among other trace minerals including boron, manganese, and copper. Additionally, diatomite contains a rich electrolyte mineral content consisting of up to 19% calcium, 5% sodium, and 3% magnesium, depending on deposit variables.
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- Antonides, Lloyd E. Diatomite. USGS.
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