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December 1997 Issue

Colloidal Minerals: A Lot of Hype and Questionable Safety at a High Price

Q. Are colloidal minerals better than other mineral supplements? A. Though colloidal minerals are "hot" items right now in health food stores, there's no evidence they are superior to the regular kind. Sold as elixirs or capsules, they are a bizarre mix of minerals and trace elements, often in amounts unrelated to human requirements. They typically provide only minimal levels of much-needed minerals like magnesium and calcium. Worse, they may contain toxic elements

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