The salt deposit that exists in Redmond, Utah, is an inland deposit of ancient origin. It is one of the world’s richest and most perfectly balanced salt deposits, containing over 60 trace minerals from the periodictable of elements. It is mined and crushed for packaging, without any of the refining processes. So what’s left for us is pure, unaltered sea salt and minerals that are balanced in a proportion–nature’s way.
In this balance of minerals, the salts in the Redmond deposit consist of around 93% sodium and chloride, the remaining 7% are theother minerals. It is of no coincidence that our blood serum has the same concentrations! That is significant! Is it any wonder people feel better when they use natural sea salt? Is it any wonder that animals and plants are healthier when they utilize natural minerals? The mineral salt that comes from the Redmond mine is in the form nature intended for ingestion. The body does not easily recognize refined products, causing it stress as it tries to work with something unnatural.
It is important to note that these natural salts are crystalline in form. They are highly available to the body. Most minerals are in rock form and are poorly utilized. The chelation process improves this but the crystalline form trumps.
The importance of minerals in nutrition is well established. Extensive work has been done with a handful of minerals, particularly the major macro and micro elements on every feed tag. Every year new discoveries are being made with minerals, even the obscure traces like strontium, and lanthanum, and every year new discoveries are made about the relationships between minerals and enzymes. Enzyme actions are driven by minerals. Throw into the mix the relationships with the many bacteria and hormones. Though we know some of what most minerals do, there is even more that needs to be learned about these relationships, proportions, and balance of all these variables working together in any biological system. Life is most certainly a very delicate balance.
So what is to be done? Is an attempt to balance a few macro and micro elements sufficient? What about the form they are in? How much of the mineral is actually utilized by the body? Can we accurately design a natural balance with all these variables? What about the other 60 to 70 minerals?
Nature has a way of answering many of these questions. It has a unique ability to take something so complex and make it available for us in a simple way. Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest life forms in existence and the most perfectly balanced minerals around them.
Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Ninety percent of the life on earth is in the seas. For centuries the sea has become mineralized from the constant erosion of minerals from the land. In addition, an estimated 20,000 underwater volcanoes continually spew minerals in the seas. After World War II the U.S. Navy analyzed the waters all over theglobe and found there to be 90 minerals in the same balance and proportion. This balance includes large amounts of sodium and chloride. It is very interesting how the sea has the ability to mix and regulate these elements into a perfect balance and proportion to sustain healthy life. Any minerals not needed in this perfect balance are precipitated out and fall to the ocean floor to be utilized by plants or sea creatures if needed.
In the 1950’s Dr. Maynard Murry studied sea life from his interest in finding cures for humancancers and heart diseases. He found that cancer and heart disease didn’t exist in sea creatures, and that tissues and organs of the old creatures were very similar to that of the young. These findings led him to experiments using sea water and sea solids on soils and land animals. He observed in trial after trial the positive health and production effects of sea minerals on plants and animals. More can be read in his book “Sea Energy Agriculture” and also in a book written by Charles Walters called “Fertility from the Ocean Deep.”
This is the key. When the high concentrations of salts that exist in the sea are mixed with all the other minerals in this perfect balance, nutrients are easily transported across animal and plant membranes. This is the same for land plant and animal life forms.
The Salt Institute published that “sodium makes up 93% of the basic mineral elements in blood serum and is the chief cation regulating blood pH.” Is it any wonder that a saline solution (IV) injection is the first thing we receive when admitted into the hospital?
All salt comes from the sea, either modern or ancient inland deposits. The difference is the composition and processing. The vast majority of salt for use in food and feed is refined. This means that the minerals in salt deposits are removed and used in other ways. The by-product is refined, and given a flow agent and put into the market for food and feed—98% sodium chloride. This product became the standard for salt. The FDA approved it, wrote the product description around it, and all the research work used it. The same happens with minerals. They are extracted and isolated and then incorporated back into biological systems. But sometimes, taking a great natural productapart and putting it back together is like trying to re-create mother’s milk in the form of baby formula, or pasteurizing wholesome milk and then trying to add back in the nutrition and digestive enzymes that were destroyed during processing.
Over the Redmond salt deposit is a thick layer of volcanic ash. It is believed that this helped retain the rich mineral composition of the salt. This volcanic ash is montmorillonite clay and as such has tremendous health properties as well. These clay colloids, or colloidal minerals, are also highly available. Remember that a major part of the mineralization of the sea comes from volcanic ash, and when the sea reaches its mineral balance, the excess falls to the sea’s floor to be utilized by plants and animals as needed. That is what this deposit is. It is even more mineral rich than the salt except for the sodium and chloride. This is clay, not salt. So, there are times when soils and feeds that are mineral deficient don’t provide adequate nutrition and plants and animals will get something extra they need if they have access to this.
Other mineral benefits of such clays are the high nutrient exchange capacity. This capacity lends itself well to mineral absorption and also the enhancement of microbial activity in both the gut and the soil, which really drives digestion and nutrient uptake. Additionally, the electrical charge and physical structure of this clay gives it a tremendous capability to draw toxins out of a body.
Minerals are essential in all biological processes, and that includes large amounts of natural salts. Natural, unrefined salts that have all the minerals of the sea in perfect balance and proportion are the key to this. The body recognizes this and can work with it. Refined sodium chloride cannot provide optimum health. It is a toxic compound.
Creating the perfect blend of all minerals together is difficult, if even possible, when you talk about including 50 or 60 traces. Why not start with the most near perfect sources, balanced and proportioned by nature–the ones that are most near the balance and proportion of healthy blood? This is not to say there is no need to supplement other minerals. Our soils and feeds are not usually in perfect balance so it may be necessary at times to do the best we can to bring things into balance.
Understanding unrefined sea minerals a little better, it’s not surprising to see what happens to livestock when they eat them. Foremost is the fact that animals love them. When offered Redmond Salt, animals will choose it almost every time over any other salt. But, what about formulated minerals? It is extremely interesting that that there can be a variety of mineral blends available and the animals will still seek Redmond. At times of greater nutritional requirements, like late gestation and early lactation, animals will utilize some of these other minerals but it is commonly found that with constant exposure to both, they consume significantly less of the formulated minerals. We are not suggesting that animals need no additional minerals, they just use less of them. Again, though this may be nature’s perfect balance and proportion, our soils and feeds are not always in perfect balance and proportion so animals will likely need some level of additional minerals atcertain times to maintain balance within themselves.
Not only are animals consuming less formulated minerals but they are healthier and more productive. We have seen and received reports from all over the country for the past 40 years about less disease, better and more efficient gains, more milk components, less somatic cells, shinier hair coats, more energy, and the list goes on.
Dairy cows love Redmond Salt and will normally consume 3 to 4 oz. in addition to a couple of ounces in the TMR. It seems that the biggest reported benefits come from feeding Redmond Conditioner. Cows like Redmond Conditioner because the high pH and toxin binding capabilities help alleviate the acidic conditions from the high concentrated levels in the average dairy cow diet. The following are the reports we repeatedly hear:
· Reproduction—cows are coming into heat sooner after calving and breeding up better
· Milk components—reports are normally 2 to 3 points in protein and butterfat
· Somatic cell counts drop
· Foot problems diminish
Beef cattle love Redmond Salt and will normally consume 2 or 3 oz. per day. Because they are free-ranging and not consuming concentrates they don’t want as much Redmond Conditioner as dairy cattle. Feedlot cattle, however, behave more like dairy cattle.
When Redmond mineral products are offered, particularly Redmond Salt, beef cows don’t eat white salt and normally cut back their consumption of custom minerals. This becomes quite a cost savings just from the standpoint of mineral costs, let alone the increased health benefits. These are the reports we repeatedly hear:
· Cows consume less custom mineral
· They breed back better
· Less foot rot and pinkeye
· Less grass tetany
· Healthier looking hair coats
Reports from other livestock classes are similar whether it’s dairy goats, sheep, even poultry. Animals simply eat and perform better with less health challenges when they have access to Redmond mineral products.
The same benefits on the field are much the same as in livestock. Many think “why would I use Redmond Salt on my field?” What is interesting is how much goes on with the use of chemical fertilizers. Lots of potassium chloride is used. Many Midwestern and eastern farms that have not used chemical fertilizers for a few years find that their soils need more sodium and chloride. But the magic is in the trace minerals. When the salts and traces are together in nature’s balance, good things happen, and the same synergy that makes a healthy gut and digestion works in the soil too. The other thing is that it doesn’t take much of the salt to get the benefit. When anywhere from 20 to 200 lbs. per acre is used in dry applications, it’s just enough to enhance energy and microbial activity and not even close to enough to be overwhelming. Foliar applications are only 3 or 4 lbs. per acre because of direct application to the plants. But spoon feeding plants this way requires repeated applications.
The clay colloids of Redmond Conditioner are very useful as well. As mentioned earlier, the nutrient exchange capacity, or cation exchange capacity is huge. Clay colloids hold water and minerals in the soil and offer exchange when needed by microbes and plants. Here are some of the reports we have seen so far:
· Microbial activity increases dramatically
· Brix levels increase dramatically
· Disease and pest challenges decrease
· Livestock preference to grazing treated crops increases
· Livestock performance increases
· Even yield increases are reported
(1) Fertility From the Ocean Deep by Charles Walters.
(2) Sea Energy Agriculture by Dr. Maynard Murry.
(3) Salt & Trace Minerals for Livestock, Poultry and Other Animals by Larry L. Berger, Ph.D.