Trace minerals are those minerals of which the body requires only a relatively small amount. Liquid colloidal trace minerals are prepared in a form that keeps the mineral particles together and make them easier to digest. Considering the source and size of the minerals, the type of suspension containing the minerals, and the accumulated mineral amount found on the market is important when selecting a high-quality product.
Minerals are inorganic substances that are formed by processes in nature. They are essential for maintaining overall health as well as a number of specific body processes, including growing bones and teeth and having proper hormone levels. Macro minerals are required in larger amounts than are trace minerals. The body requires a lower amount of trace minerals than it does macro minerals to function well.
The human body cannot produce minerals, so they must be obtained through food or supplementation. There are several dozen trace minerals and a quality product will contain many of them. Some of the commonly known trace elements are iron, boron, chromium, and magnesium. Colloidal minerals are typically ground from shale or found in plants, then placed in water and allowed to blend to form a colloid, which simply is a substance that has been dispersed evenly through another substance.
Many manufacturers provide electrolytes in their liquid suspensions that affect the bioavailability of the mineral supplement. Ionic suspensions are marketed as being easily absorbed by the body and are therefore a common choice among manufacturers. Some use purified ocean water to provide a stable electrolyte base for the minerals.
Particle source and size is also a key consideration when choosing liquid colloidal trace minerals. A good rule of thumb is to find a particle nanometer size of less than ten. This nanometer size along with a "taste test" is important. A liquid colloidal trace minerals product with a weak taste indicates a concentration that is likely too small and the mineral levels too low. The taste factor helps the consumer make sense of the parts-per-million indications on the label. If you can't taste the minerals when tasting the mineral supplement, then you may want to look for a better one.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing, however. Agglomeration occurs when the particles in a colloidal trace minerals product stick together and settle at the bottom of a bottle. Agglomerated products have little nutritive value and diminish its bioavailability. If a silver solution is used for the colloidal trace minerals suspension, agglomeration can be caused by the bottle being exposed to light. Exposure to light breaks down the silver solution rendering it ineffective.