Manufacturer’s Notes on Picometer Minerals
To understand how our minerals are created requires a basic knowledge of the chemistry of ions, ionization, ionization potential, and mineral absorption. Some basic Google searches using the above key words will provide the necessary background information.
The minerals in our products are in the same form as found naturally in our food. All these minerals are liquid, ionic, monatomic (individual ions of minerals in solution) and can be described as picometer in size. There is no nanotechnology involved. Picometers are units of measurement, nothing else. (There are one quadrillion, 1,000,000,000,000 picometers in a meter.)
Our minerals are not just ionic solutions. Ions are a charge, not a size. Ions in solution can still form large complexes or lattice structures, which increases their size beyond that of an individual ion. They also have the tendency to bond with hydrogen and oxygen to form magnesium oxides and hydroxides, both of which act as antacids neutralizing stomach acid. These compounds are also laxatives and difficult to digest, requiring digestive energy to be absorbed.
Our technology ensures individual ions in solution remain individual (monoatomic) and thus we distinguish them from weak complex ionic solutions by calling them picometer minerals. The size of an individual ion, when ionic and not bound as a compound or to other ions, falls in the picometer units of measurement. The size of the individual ion is determined by the nature of the element in question and its atomic weight. An ion of magnesium for example can only be as small as is allowed by the laws of Nature. For example, we cannot make a single atom of magnesium smaller; we can only ensure that the atom does not combine with other atoms to form larger groups of atoms. It’s the same with ions. The size of a single monoatomic ion of magnesium is approximately 86 picometers. Our process ensures magnesium stays picometer-sized for maximum absorption.
The real secret of our process is that we control all the factors in the ionization process so that the finished product is a monoatomic picometer-sized ionic form of magnesium (as absorbed by roots systems of plants through picometer-sized gradients, and released in our digestive system and absorbed into cells through picometer-sized ionic mineral channels). The ionization process itself is complex but is no different than what occurs in nature every minute of the day.
To repeat, we don’t allow the ions to bond into complex ionic groups or compounds that required digestive energy to break down.
How does nature provide minerals to the human body? When we eat food (the ideal most natural source of minerals) minerals are released from our food by the action of hydrochloric acid and gastric juices in the stomach. Essentially the digestive juices ionize the minerals in the food forming individual ions, not chelates or compounds or large clusters of ions. Ions are the basis of biological energy and function. After the minerals are freed from food as ionized minerals, which carry a positive electrical charge, they will attach themselves to a very strong negatively charged carrier, via chelation, or a carrier protein. This complex is then either passed through the body or absorbed by the protein sites. Or it can pass into the intestine as an unattached, positively charged mineral ion for absorption by mineral ion receptor sites.
An ion is any atom or group of atoms that holds a positive or negative electrical charge. Positively charged ions are known as cations (minerals form cations) while negatively charged ions are called anions. Ions are formed by the addition of electrons to, or the removal of electrons from, neutral atoms or molecules or other ions. It is generally known that in order for a body to effectively and completely absorb minerals, they must be electrically charged in order to penetrate cellular barriers. We want the mineral to be absorbed into the cell, not just into the blood stream. This electrical charge exists surrounding the atom because the atom is either missing an electron or has additional electrons within its surrounding area (it’s outer ring). This charge causes the ions to interact, attracting or repelling each other in a search for another ion to contribute or remove additional electrons. It is the charge on the particle that allows minerals to activate the many functions they carry out within the body. But remember, an ionically charged mineral can still be in a complex that makes it too big to enter into cells.
Minerals are fundamentally catalysts, (reaction starters) and co-factors in metabolic processes because of their electrical charge. The fluid surrounding our cells is saturated with both cations and anions, as is the fluid inside our cells. Because of this separation of atoms with specific electrical charges, an electrical gradient, or current, is formed across the cell membrane. Because of this current the charged mineral IONIC particles can flow more easily across the cell membrane. The mineral must be in an ionic state for this to happen!
Ionic monoatomic minerals, of picometer size, already have a charge and size that the body recognizes and understands so they can be easily assimilated through the selectively permeable cell membranes from head to toe. Ionic monoatomic minerals are also easily transported across the highly selective cell membranes of the human digestive tract. Because ionic minerals are charged, the body has to employ less energy in order to absorb these minerals. However, some ions are bound to carrier proteins, or chelated, or complexed to amino acids and must be dismantled into smaller parts and then obtain an electrical charge in order to cross the intestinal membrane.
The electrical (charged ions) gradient allows for the easy flow of ionic minerals from an area of higher concentration (digestive tract from mouth to intestines) to an area of lesser concentration (cells of the body).
The body absorbs monoatomic picometer ionic minerals with greater efficacy than other forms of minerals, as most other minerals must undergo the complete processes of digestion into smaller charged particles. In fact, the membranes lining our digestive tract maintain their own specific electrical charge in the form of ionic receptors. The body maintains this charge on the lining of membranes in order to facilitate the absorption of nutrients. Different receptor areas maintain different charge qualities, allowing for the attraction of the multitudes of nutrients that pass through the digestive tract.
It is our belief that supplying the body with minerals in the form that is equivalent to minerals in food makes the most sense since the stomach makes ionic minerals from food.