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SenTraMin “75 Plant Derived Minerals”


SenTraMin “75 Powdered Plant Derived Minerals”

Sentramin “75 Plant Derived Minerals” liquid

Claim: Plant derived minerals.

Truth: The minerals are not even close to being plant derived. The minerals in these products are provided by the Rockland Corporation, who owns and operates the Body Toddy Mine in Emery County, Utah. The minerals are derived from rock known as shale that is ground up in to a fine powder and either capsuled or has water percolated through it to form the mineral products. Rockland, and their competitor T.J. Clark provide crushed shale products often sold under the name “colloidal minerals” or “plant based minerals” to a variety of companies.

Shale is not a plant, nor really derived from plants. Shale is a form of rock containing fossils of plants. But this does not mean the shale was derived from plants, nor that the minerals derived from the shale is plant derived. In fact, plant fossils are formed in rock by being trapped in mud, which is also not a plant. The Mud covers the plant and the plant rots away while the mud eventually compresses forming in to rock.

The companies providing these rock based minerals go to great lengths though to hide the fact that their minerals come from shale deposits. Just look at this quote from one sales site:

Most mineral products are made from ground up metallic rocks, soil or Sea Salts and should not be confused with VeggieTrace™ Plant-Derived Colloidal Minerals. Even colloidal silver products are made using citric acid or electrolysis to dissolve metallic silver into a liquid solution. So beware, “Not All Colloidal Minerals are Plant-derived”!

Our rich source of plant minerals is mined in Emery, Utah from a deposit of plants known as Senonian Vegetate®. The vegetate is saturated with pure water and then filtered to a concentrate of 40,000mg/L of pure unadulterated plant derived minerals providing a complete spectrum of an average of 75 minerals by certified tests.

It amazes me that they think people are so stupid that they are not going to see the contradiction in their statement. They claim that not all colloidal mineral products are plant derived implying that their minerals actually come from plants. In their next paragraph though thy clearly state that their “source of plant minerals is mined”. Plants are not mined, rock minerals are.

In another claim about these minerals they state:

Rockland developed a method to slowly remove the water base from the liquid by low temperature evaporation. All of the moisture is removed by a high volume of warm air which never exceeds 100 degrees F. This low temperature maintains the integrity and enzymatic activity of the water soluble plant minerals.

Again they are trying to deceive people in to believe that their minerals are actually derived from plants by mentioning the “enzymatic activity”. The wording is carefully chosen to deliberately mislead people while actually being truthful. The truth part of their claim is that minerals are needed for enzymatic reactions in the body. Heat does not affect this though since the minerals are not affected by the heat used to dry them, which can far exceed 100F. Therefore, their claim was made to imply that the enzyme activity is coming from the plants. As pointed out though, the minerals never came from plants in the first place.

Even the name VeggieTrace™ Minerals falsely implies that the minerals were directly derived from plants.

They continue by claiming their minerals have been naturally chelated, but then continue by saying ” and metabolized by plants and vegetation as they grew during the prehistoric Senonian Period”. I will start by pointing out the fact that rock based minerals are not naturally chelated. Therefore, that claim is also fraudulent. Chelation refers to the mineral being bound to amino acids, which are not naturally occurring in shale. The only rocks that I am aware of that have been found to contain amino acids naturally are meteorites.

Note that they say “the prehistoric Senonian Period”. This points to the fact that the minerals were not derived from plants. Plants from this prehistoric period in what is now Utah have not existed in millions of years. Again, these minerals come from the shale deposits that formed from the hardening of mud, not plants.

Why would companies using these rock based minerals go to such great lengths to try and hide the fact that their minerals actually come from Utah shale deposits instead of actual plants? The safety of these minerals have been called in to question numerous times partly due to the very high aluminum content of the shale. These minerals also contain various toxic minerals such as arsenic, beryllium, lead, cadmium, nickel, mercury, etc. Unlike actual plant based minerals though these minerals do not contain compounds to protect the body from these toxins. Plants can contain various compounds that help bind, and protect us from toxic elements. These compounds include algins, phytates and pectins that bind and remove heavy metals and some other toxic metals from the body.

Is cayenne safe for aneurysms?

I was reading a post on Curezone where someone was giving the advice of taking cayenne pepper for an aneurysm and claiming that cayenne was a fibrinolytic and therefore breaks down blood clots.

Let’s start by defining what a fibrinolytic is. A fibrinolytic is a compound that breaks down the protein fibrinogen, which is involved in the formation of scar tissue and blood clots.

By definition cayenne pepper is not a fibrinolytic since it lacks the enzymatic activity needed to break down fibrinogen.

Cayenne does contain a high level of natural “aspirin” though, which is why it thins the blood.  

Thinning the blood is a dangerous idea if a person has an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weak spot on an arterial wall, which causes the wall to balloon out. If the aneurysm ruptures it can lead to internal hemorrhage. Therefore, the use of blood thinners like cayenne and true fibrinolytics, such as nattokinase or serrapeptase, are not advised with aneurysms as they can contribute to hemorrhaging if a rupture ensues.

In an attempt to back her claim the poster posted this:

But cayenne has been proven to have fibrinolytic qualities :

Visudhiphan, S., et. al. The relationship between high fibrinolytic activity and daily capsicum ingestion in Thais. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 35(6), 1452-1458, 1982.

Wasantapruek, S., et.al. May 30, 1974. Enhanced fibrinolytic activity after capsicum ingestion. The New England Journal of Medicine. pp. 1259-1260.

The problem is that she has no medical background and apparently did not read or understand the actual studies. She just posted the studies because the titles sounded like they were backing her claims.

As I stated previously cayenne is not a fibrinolytic as to be an actual fibrinolytic the herbs must contain enzymes that are capable of digesting the fibrinogen of a blood clot. Cayenne DOES NOT contain these enzymes and thus is not really a fibrinolytic.  Even the studies presented by this poster as “evidence” prove this fact.   

Here are some of the things the study found:

  • They state that cayenne has been shown to activate fibrinolytic activity.  This is not the same as being an actual fibrinolytic.  Unfortunately, some terms get used very loosely in some studies.  For example, when the studies state AIDS is a disease when in fact it is a syndrome, or where the terms lactic acid and lactate are used interchangeably even though they are different things.  The use of the word fibrinolytic is used loosely throughout this study.
  • They point out that Americans living in Thailand had higher levels of fibrinogen than Thais showing a possible genetic factor.
  • They state that fibrinogen levels showed no significant difference either immediately after or thirty minutes after cayenne ingestion.  If cayenne were truly a fibrinolytic then fibrinogen levels would be decreased by enzymatic breakdown.  Clearly this was not the case.
  • Coagulation and platelet factor tests showed no change, which again shows no fibrinolytic activity. Although thrombin production time was shown to be slowed.  It should also be noted though that out of 15 test subjects 8 of them had no changes in fibrinogen levels.  One had an increase, while the rest had decreases.  If cayenne was a fibrinolytic then levels would have dropped in most of the subjects. Instead, more than half had no change with one having an increase.

Therefore, despite the title of the article there is no evidence that cayenne itself is a fibrinolytic.  In fact, the study clearly shows the opposite.  Although, this does not mean that cayenne is not a blood thinner. The effects shown from the cayenne ingestion, after factoring in genetics, shows that cayenne may stimulate the body’s own fibrinolytic activity. Cayenne is also extremely high in “natural aspirin”, which can interfere with blood clotting especially with regular use:


This is a great example of why I recommend people research any medical advice they read on the internet rather than taking the advice on faith. The internet is full of inaccurate and dangerous medical advice.

For related information see my article:

The Dangers of Cayenne for Heart Attacks and Stroke


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