When taken by mouth, diatomaceous earth is used as a source of silica, for treating high cholesterol levels, for treating constipation, and for improving the health of skin, nails, teeth, bones, and hair.
When applied to the skin or teeth, diatomaceous earth is used to brush teeth or remove unwanted dead skin cells.
Diatomaceous earth is also used in industry. It is used to remove unwanted material from drinking water. It is also used as a filler or to prevent formation of lumps in foods, medicine, paints and plastics, and pet litter. It is used to clean up spills or for insulation in industry, as well as to scrub things. Diatomaceous earth is used as part of various chemical tests. It is also used as an insecticide.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- High cholesterol levels. Early research suggests taking diatomaceous earth might reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood patients with high cholesterol levels.
- Health of skin, nails, teeth, bones, and hair.
- Removal of dead skin (exfoliation).
- Source of silica.
- Teeth cleaning.
- Other uses.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Lung disease: Some forms of diatomaceous earth may be harmful to the lungs, especially if inhaled. Breathing in diatomaceous earth might result in lung problems in people that already have some problems in their lungs. This includes asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc. Use cautiously.
We currently have no information for DIATOMACEOUS EARTH overview.
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