Yerba Prima - Great Plains Bentonite - 16 oz.
Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite provides strong detoxification in the digestive tract, with the ability to bind herbicides, viruses and other potentially harmful substances by adsorbent action. Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite is specially formulated to provide the maximum benefits of bentonite. Bentonite's mechanism of action is physical, due to its colloidal structure and charged particles, which allow it to bind with toxins in the stomach, small intestine and colon. It is not digested, nor is it absorbed into the bloodstream. Since toxins are bound to the bentonite, they are excreted from the body when the bentonite is eliminated through bowel movements.
Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite:
Bentonite (also known as montmorillonite) is a natural clay mineral of volcanic origin, created from volcanic ash deposits that are millions of years old. Some of the largest - and highest quality - deposits of bentonite occur in the Great Plains area of the United States. Bentonite is made of microscopic rectangular clay platelets, that when properly hydrated in water form a porous house of cards structure with an enormous surface area.
Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite has maximum activity through special selection and processing to ensure an enhanced surface area and optimum adsorption. Studies have shown that maximum binding and removal of toxins occurs only with the rare naturally occurring sodium ion form of bentonite containing a specific range of exchangeable sodium ions. Using advanced processing methods, the special bentonite used in Yerba Prima Great Plains has a huge surface area up to 960 square yards per tablespoon serving. To put that in perspective, a quart bottle of Great Plains Bentonite contains over 12 football fields of surface area!
Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite has maximum purity. There are many different grades of bentonite, primarily designed for industrial uses. Yerba Prima uses only USP/NF pharmaceutical grade bentonite that has been through a natural four-step purification process. This not only ensures that the bentonite is ultra-pure, but also contributes to the light color and strong activity of Yerba Prima Great Plains Bentonite.
Bentonite has an unusual property you will notice when you open the bottle. After complete hydration, it becomes very thick and viscous when it sits for a while. If shaken or stirred, the bentonite can be poured, which is why the instructions say Shake well before using. It will become thick once again if allowed to sit undisturbed. Yerba Prima gives consumers a choice of pint or quart bottles. The pint bottle is shatter resistant amber PET plastic, and the quart bottle is amber glass.
Is this product safe to take every day?
Most Yerba Prima products are safe to take every day. Fiber formulas that can be taken every day as long as desired (even for many years) include the Psyllium Husks products, Daily Fiber products, Colon Care Products and Soluble Fiber products. Fiber Plus powder and capsules contain the moderate stimulant laxative herb senna. They should be used occasionally as needed. They can be taken daily up to two months, but a person should try to gradually switch over from Fiber Plus to one of the bulking fiber formulas listed above.
Most of the herbal products are safe to take every day, including Ginkgo Extra Strength, Nutrimental, Bilberry Extra Strength, Bilberry tablets, St. John's Wort Extra Strength, St. John's Wort tablets, Echinace Extra Strength Liquid and Capsules, Milk Thistle Extra Strength, Liv-Cleanse Formula and Odor Cleanse capsules. Aloe Falls aloe vera juice drinks can be taken every day. Their Internal Cleansing formulas can be used daily in small amounts, though they are normally used and are most effective when taken for several months at a time. This includes Kalenite Cleansing Herbs tablets, Women's Renew, Men's Rebuild and Herbal Guard.
IBS/Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis -- I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), diverticulitis or diverticulosis. Is it safe to take fiber formulas? Can fiber formulas help to maintain colon health?
If someone has active IBS or diverticulitis with current inflammation, do not use a fiber formula until the inflammation goes away. Consult with your doctor.
If there is not active inflammation, a fiber formula can be helpful for maintaining the health of the colon. People vary widely in their responses to fiber, but it most often has a normalizing effect. If there are loose stools, fiber will add bulk and bring them toward normal. If stools are hard and infrequent, fiber will add moisture and bulk and bring them toward normal. Fiber will generally be most helpful when used on a daily basis to help maintain proper intestinal health. Consult with a doctor or other health professional if there are any concerns with taking fiber.
Suggested products: Colon Care is very good. It has our complete fiber formula, plus FOS to support beneficial bacteria, plus calcium, magnesium and selenium to help protect the colon.
Some people may be gluten sensitive and have trouble with the oats and barley in CCF. They should try one of our pure Psyllium Husks products. Most people will be able to tolerate the psyllium husks well. It is best to begin with half a serving for the first few days to make sure the product is comfortable for the person. Then increase to a full serving. Many people will want to take two to three servings per day if the fiber is helping. As always, make sure to drink plenty of fluids with the fiber.
IBS/Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis & Internal Cleansing -- Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas?
In general, it is best not to do internal cleansing formulas if there is any inflammation or intestinal discomfort unless one is working with a health professional. See the previous question for a discussion of the possible benefits of fiber for normalizing the bowel.
Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System -- How long will a box of Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild last?
If you are using Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild programs long term, a box will last 30 days at the Level 1 recommended usage or 15 days at the Level 2 recommended usage. For most people, Level 1 will be excellent for long term support of the cleansing, protecting and rebuilding functions of the body.
Weight Loss & Internal Cleansing -- I would like to lose weight. Will the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System help?
People often lose weight during the cleansing program by eating mostly fruits and vegetables, and reducing the amounts of sweets, fatty foods and refined foods that they eat. The fiber may help reduce appetite, and seeing what comes out during the cleansing process can help motivate the change to a better diet. A whole foods diet with lots of fruits and vegetables also has the side benefit of increasing the cleansing activity of the herbs and fiber ingredients that make up the Internal Cleansing System.
Do you recommend a specific diet with the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing Program?
They do not recommend a specific diet with our Internal Cleansing System. Everyone's body is different and people have different nutritional needs for maintaining good health. People will receive benefits using the program with any type of diet. However, a modified diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and their juices, will increase the body's cleansing activity. This is an option if you want to moderately speed up the cleansing process and increase the deep cleansing activity of the program. However, pay attention to your body since this can make the cleansing process too strong for some people.
Fasting & Internal Cleansing -- Can I fast while I do the Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing Program?
You can fast while doing the cleansing program. Fasting will significantly increase the cleansing activity of the program, and so will be more likely to cause cleansing reactions. It is likely to speed up the cleansing process and increase the deep cleansing activity for people want either of these effects. We suggest that anyone who wants to fast for more than one day while doing a cleansing program consult with a health professional.
Breastfeeding and Internal Cleansing -- Can I do the cleansing program while breast feeding?
During breast feeding, it would be better to use one of our fiber formulas, such as Daily Fiber or Colon Care, rather than a cleansing program. A cleansing program, in the process of doing its job in the body, releases stored toxins so that they can be eliminated. It is preferable to begin the Women's Renew cleansing after weaning or at least when your baby is eating solid foods and breast milk is a small part of the diet.
Vegetable Capsules -- Do you have any products in capsules suitable for vegetarians?
At this time, we have one product in vegetable source capsules: Psyllium Husks Veg Caps. These capsules are made from cellulose. The capsules in our other products are made from Kosher purified gelatin USP grade. We hope to have more products in vegetable source capsules in the future.
Fiber & Nutrient Absorption -- What effect do psyllium husks and other dietary fibers have on nutrient absorption?
Our fiber formulas and psyllium husk products do not impair nutrient absorption when used at recommended amounts on a short term or long term basis.
What is the source of FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) in Colon Care.
FOS used by Yerba Prima is a natural plant extract from chicory root. It has been extensively researched and shown to be helpful in maintaining and restoring proper levels of friendly bacteria in the colon.
How Long Before I Notice Results From Taking This Product?
Women's Renew or Men's Rebuild Internal Cleansing System -- Some people notice significant results in the first few days of use. Some people notice cleansing activity and more bowel movements after 2 to 3 weeks of use. For some people, the results are subtle, because the programs are very safe and do not have strong cleansing herbs in them. However, the herbs and fiber and still doing their job to cleanse and tone all of the elimination systems of the body.
Fiber Formulas such as Psyllium Husks, Daily Fiber, Colon Care and Soluble Fiber -- Most people begin to notice larger, easier to evacuate bowel movements within 2 to 3 days. It may take a few days longer for some people, depending on the amounts being used.
Fiber Plus and Fiber Plus Caps - These products generally provide overnight relief. Most people will begin to notice more regular bowel movements in 1 to 2 days.
Odor Cleanse -- For breath odor, shortly after taking one capsule with or following a meal. For body odor, within 2 - 4 weeks of taking 2 - 6 capsules per day. For fecal odor, within 2 - 4 weeks of taking 4 - 6 capsules per day.
Ginkgo Extra Strength -- normally 3 to 6 weeks to start noticing benefits.
Bilberry Extra Strength -- normally 3 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
Milk Thistle Extra Strength -- normally 1 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
St. John's Wort Extra Strength -- some people notice results the first few days of use, but normally 2 to 4 weeks to start noticing benefits.
This Product Smells Or Looks Different Than Usual. Is It Okay?
There is a normal variation in all natural products, especially the plant derived products such as dietary fiber formulas and herbs. Some variation in odor, color and taste is to be expected, and does not lessen the benefits of the product. Yerba Prima occasionally get calls or letters about one of the fiber formulas having an off-odor. The off-odor is usually very slight, but occasionally can be quite noticeable. This off-odor does not affect the safety or quality of the product. If a customer is unhappy with the product and does not feel that they can use it, feel free to contact Yerba Prima customer service. If a product seems bad or is significantly different than normal, by all means call Yerba Prima customer service to discuss the product with them.
Why Is Bioperine In The Extra Strength Herbs?
Bioperine is a patented black pepper extract that increases the assimilation of nutrients and herbs by 30% - 60%. This gives extra value and benefits to the customer.
Gluten Allergy/Celiac Sprue Disease -- Are psyllium husks safe to take?
People with celiac sprue disease can be extremely allergic to any gluten containing foods, such as wheat, rye, barley and oats. They can safely take our pure psyllium husks products: Psyllium Husks Powder, Psyllium Husks Caps, Psyllium Husks Veg Caps and Psyllium Whole Husks.
Psyllium husks are gluten free. Psyllium is not related to wheat or any of the gluten containing plants. In addition, there is not likely to be contamination of our psyllium husks by any gluten containing grain from the field to the finished product.
Gluten Free -- Do you have fiber products that are gluten free?
The following Yerba Prima products are gluten free:
Psyllium Husks Powder
Psyllium Whole Husks
Psyllium Husks Caps
Psyllium Husks Veg Caps
Can I take this product during pregnancy?
As a general rule, it is best to consult with a health professional about the use of supplements during pregnancy. Our fiber products are generally fine to use during pregnancy. This would include the formulas of Psyllium Husks, Daily Fiber, Colon Care and Soluble Fiber. Fiber Plus contains senna, a moderate stimulant laxative herb, and is best used short term only after consultation with a health professional. Cleansing programs should not be done during pregnancy, whether it is a fasting program or an herbs and fiber program such as Women's Renew Internal Cleansing System or Kalenite Cleansing Herbs.
Low Carbohydrate Diets -- How many grams of carbohydrates are in different products?
Many people who are on high protein, low carbohydrate diets ask about the carbohydrate content of Yerba Prima products, especially the fiber formulas. There is a tendency towards constipation with a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Yerba Prima fiber formulas will be very helpful.
The product labels of all Yerba Prima fiber formulas list both total carbohydrate content and digestible carbohydrate content per serving of the products. In most cases, it is less than 1/2 gram of digestible carbohydrate per serving. Nutrition labels are required to include the dietary fiber amount in the total carbohydrate listing on the Supplement Facts panel. However, dietary fiber is not digested in the small intestine and does not count as part of the digestible carbohydrate.
Great Plains Bentonite
Excellent alimentary adsorbent: Since antiquity, clays have been used as adsorbents for toxins and waste material, and bentonite is king of the clays in this regard. Its properties have been found beneficial for internal use, for topical use on the skin, and even in pollution control applications. It works as an adsorbent because the charged platelets in the bentonite colloidal dispersion attract and hold toxins. Since bentonite is not digested as it passes through the alimentary canal, the bentonite and adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together.
Maximum activity: Only Great Plains Bentonite offers maximum activity and maximum purity. Maximum activity is achieved in several ways. First, Yerba Prima uses only purified bentonite USP/NF, which is the highest grade of bentonite. All impurities, such as other minerals and adulterants that do not have the same properties, have been naturally removed. This does not occur with normal bentonite products. Second, Great Plains Bentonite has an enormous surface area for maximum activity. The use of advanced processing methods results in a bentonite surface area of over 960 square yards per serving. To put that in perspective, that is over 12 football fields of surface area per quart bottle! And third, Great Plains Bentonite has the optimum ratio of sodium to calcium ions to give it maximum ability to swell, adsorb and hold toxins.
Maximum purity: Great Plains Bentonite exceeds the highest standards, purified bentonite USP/NF. Using a natural four step purification process, all impurities have been removed. Rigorous testing ensures purity and consistency in every batch.
Great Plains Bentonite is a premium bentonite product that is an excellent alimentary adsorbent, has maximum activity and maximum purity. This background information explains the unique features of the product.
The Origins of Bentonite
Bentonite is a natural clay mineral that exists as discrete deposits in most continents of the world. It was created primarily in volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, when the volcanic ash settled in shallow seas and over time became bentonite clay. Some of the largest deposits in the world exist in the Great Plains area of the United States. Bentonite is also known as montmorillonite, and a number of the research studies refer to it by that name.
Types and Properties of Bentonite
There are two major types of bentonite, identified by the major exchangeable ion present in the clay. Most bentonite deposits around the world have a less beneficial mineral content as the major exchangeable ion. There are a few deposits, some found in North America, that have a unique mineral constituency. This is considered a higher quality bentonite for special uses, as will be described in more detail below.
Bentonite is an inert clay, free of all contamination in its purified form, that passes through the human body undigested. It has several unique properties that make it of value in products for human use, especially when detoxification is desired. Bentonite has an enormous surface area when properly hydrated in water. It is composed of numerous microscopic platelets, each with negative charges on the flat surfaces and positive charges on the edges. When properly hydrated, the water molecules cause these platelets to separate into a porous structure containing both negative and positive charges. The swelling caused by this porous structure allows bentonite to absorb substances in the space between the platelets. The ionic charges give bentonite the ability to also adsorb (or bind) toxins and hold them until they are eliminated. Bentonite has another unusual property. After full hydration, it becomes thick and viscous when it sits for a while. If shaken or stirred, it becomes thin and easy to pour, but will become viscous again if left alone. This is why the direction to "Shake before using" is on Great Plains Bentonite.
After the bentonite is mined from special deposits containing only the more active ion clay, it goes through a natural four step purification process. This includes a proprietary water washing process that removes any non-clay material that is present in the bentonite deposit, and then removes the less effective, non-swelling fraction of the clay. The material is dried, milled, sorted and then tested extensively to ensure that it exceeds the stringent USP/NF purity standards for microbial limits, absence of pathogens, absence of adulteration and product consistency.
Great Plains Bentonite - Maximum Activity
As stated above, there is a big difference in activity depending on the major exchangeable ions present in bentonite. Great Plains Bentonite contains only the more rare naturally occurring high ion form of bentonite, which is the most active.
Studies have found that maximum swelling and binding activity can be achieved when the ions comprise 65-75% of the total exchangeable ions.3 Great Plains Bentonite is within this range. Attempts have been made to increase activity by artificially increasing the ion content, even close to 100%, but it was found that going higher than the optimum 65-75% began to decrease the activity.
The use of advanced processing methods results in a bentonite surface area of over 960 square yards per serving. To put that in perspective, that is over 12 football fields of surface area per quart bottle! Its ability to adsorb toxins is truly amazing. Among the toxins it is able to adsorb and bind are pathogenic viruses, pesticides, herbicides such as Paraquat and Roundup, and aflatoxin.
Great Plains Bentonite - Excellent Alimentary Adsorbent
Great Plains Bentonite works entirely through its chemical and mechanical action in the intestinal tract, being able to bind toxins in the stomach, small intestine and colon. It is not digested, nor is it absorbed into the bloodstream. Since the toxins are bound to the bentonite, they are excreted from the body when the bentonite is eliminated through the colon.
Comparison with Other Bentonite Products
Great Plains Bentonite is the highest quality bentonite available. For instance, other bentonite products are not as white as Great Plains Bentonite, indicating that they may contain more impurities. Other products may also not have the optimum proportion of exchangeable ions for maximum activity. Bentonite is also sold in a powder form. Until it is properly hydrated, bentonite is not very effective at adsorbing toxins. Full hydration requires correct proportions of the bentonite in water, proper agitation and adequate time of agitation. With Great Plains Bentonite, the customer is assured of receiving the purest, most active bentonite.
Bentonite is one of the best detoxifying substances known. Numerous research studies have shown its ability to bind and remove pathogenic viruses, pesticides, herbicides and other toxins. Great Plains Bentonite is the purest, highest quality bentonite available, in its most active form.
Yerba Prima has pioneered significant advances in health enhancing products, including natural dietary fiber, internal cleansing, standardized herbs and preservative-free aloe vera juice. The company was founded in 1980 by a group of health conscious individuals in Northern California who were learning about the benefits of internal cleansing. However, the high quality herbs and fiber that they needed were not readily available. Because of this need, the original Internal Cleansing Program was introduced in 1980.
Since that time, Yerba Prima has continued to develop, manufacture and market a range of fiber and internal cleansing products that are of the highest quality, are natural and that respond to the needs of health conscious individuals. Yerba Prima is the only company that manufactures a complete range of all-natural fiber and internal cleansing products.
After many years in Oakland, California, the company relocated to a custom designed corporate office and manufacturing facility in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, in 1991. Yerba Prima's new facility was the first commercial building in Ashland to win the Energy Smart Award, for energy conservation measures that were included in the design and construction of the building. Yerba Prima believes in making high quality products that are pure and natural, and are made only from premium quality ingredients.
Yerba Prima has been recognized for many achievements in the natural products industry.
Industry Firsts Include:
- Natural Dietary Fiber Line
- Internal Cleansing Program
- Standardized Herb Line
- Standardized Extract of St. John's Wort
- Echinacea Juice Extract meeting Commission E Standards
- Shelf-Stable Preservative-Free Aloe Vera Juice
- Clinically Proven Extra Strength Herbs
Yerba Prima manufactures the highest quality dietary supplement products at our modern facility in Ashland, Oregon. Yerba prima is registered both as a food manufacturer and as an Over-The-Counter Drug Manufacturer. Manufacturing takes place in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that are stricter than normal industry standards, to ensure the safety, purity and efficacy of all Yerba Prima products. Extensive testing is done at each step of the manufacturing process, beginning with testing of all incoming ingredients and packaging materials used in Yerba Prima products. Additional microbiological, chemical and physical tests take place during and after each manufacturing cycle to ensure product quality. With years of extensive international sales, Yerba Prima has experience in meeting the strict regulatory statues, quality standards and GMP requirements of numerous countries around the world.