Bentonite is from one of the seven types of clay formed from volcanic ash. Bentonite is from the family of clay called Smectite. The other family of clays are Kaolin clays, Ilite clays, Vermiculite clays, Chlorite clays, Iron oxyhydroxides and Allophane.
A characteristic of Smectites is that they can absorb and adsorb extremely well compared to the other six types of clay. And as a result of these absorption and adsorption powers, they are called Living Clay. And they also have a high detoxifying ability.
Bentonite clay has microscopic layers through which it absorbs the toxins in our bowels.
It contains a high amount of silica and it is believed that this silica is extremely beneficial for your body.
It also contains other elements important for your body such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, sulphur and carbon. In addition there can be up to 71 trace elements! Most have more than 50 odd trace elements.