UPDATE: These are now available! Read more about QuikPlus in this blog post.

My family has been using atom-sized minerals – rather than regular powdered minerals – since 2008. In 2010 (after testing them on myself for 2 years) I first told my readers about them. Other names for these super tiny minerals are: Angstrom, atomic, picometer, or nano-sized.

The reason we want to use these atom-sized minerals is that they are the ideal size and form for absorption and do not even require digestion. They can be absorbed through the lining of the mouth.

I’m super excited about this new QuikPlus line of minerals I’m formulating (for Imix Nutrition) and I spent a LOT of time researching my formulations. For example, for Bone Matrix, I looked at actual clinical trial data to determine not only which minerals were effective in building bone and remineralizing teeth, but also, what ratio of each mineral was ideal. I then cross-referenced these ratios with data gleaned from super healthy indigenous populations with no degenerative disease (thank you Dr. Weston A. Price) to see what ratios their food contained.

When you’re looking at mineral absorption and utilization, you have to look at the ratios of minerals in a blend, because if the ratio is wrong, the body can’t use or absorb the mineral properly. This study on copper/zinc as an autism predictor in utero is a great example of that.

QuikPlus minerals are not available yet (coming soon!) but here’s a sneak-peak at the front label for Bone Matrix – I think it’s my favorite Imix label ever:

Here are some other things I discovered while researching/testing these atom-sized formulations that I think everyone should know…

Why do I call them atom-sized?

I feel the most accurate term is atom-sized because the actual size of each mineral is the size of its atom. For example, a magnesium atom looks like this and has a diameter of 220 picometers:

Magnesium atom with its protons and neurons displayed (c) Friedrich C Luft ResearchGate.net

Now, technically, these minerals are not nano-sized – they are actually even smaller than that, since 1 nanometer = 1000 picometers. But sellers and marketers of these minerals are not always using the correct scientific terms, so then consumers get confu