Journal article

A New Look at the Purported Health Benefits of Commercial and Natural Clays

Alexander Incledion, Megan Boseley, Rachael L Moses, Ryan Moseley, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas, Rachel A Adams, Tim P Jones, Kelly A BeruBe

BIOMOLECULES | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Clays attributed to have medicinal properties have been used since prehistoric times and are still used today as complementary medicines, which has given rise to unregulated "bioceutical" clays to treat skin conditions. Recently, clays with antibacterial characteristics have been proposed as alternatives to antibiotics, potentially overcoming modern day antibiotic resistance. Clays with suggested antibacterial properties were examined to establish their effects on common wound-infecting bacteria. Geochemical, microscopical, and toxicological characterization of clay particulates, their suspensions and filtered leachates was performed on THP-1 and HaCaT cell lines. Cytoskeletal toxicity, cell..

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