What makes this mineral clay special?
Bentonite is a mixture of various clay minerals. It was formed by the weathering of volcanic ash. Bentonite has an enormously large surface area. A comparison: The inner surface of a gram of normal clay is two square meters. That of a gram of bentonite ranges between 400 and 600 square meters which is approximately the size of two tennis courts. In addition, the mineral clay is ionically negatively charged. This gives bentonite a high adsorption capacity for pollutants. Particles that have a positive ionic charge, such as bacteria, are attracted to bentonite like a magnet and then remain in it, thus preventing further spread.1
Bentonite plays an important part in the observed pre-clinical and clinical effectiveness of Bentrio. The special secret of Bentrio, however, lies in the combination of the ingredients and the formulation. It is this unique combination that results in Bentrio’s triple mode of action that then helps protect the nose. Bentrio creates a protective layer on the nasal mucosa, binds airborne viruses and allergens and humidifies the nasal mucosa.
Alternative approaches employ other ingredients such as carrageenan from red algae or create an acidic environment. Only Bentrio has been able to demonstrate the triple mode of action, clinical efficacy in a controlled setting against allergies and pre-clinical results showing a 99.4% reduction of SARS-CoV-2 viruses in human nasal epithelial cells.
The central role of the nose as the entry point for airborne droplet infections has been well established.2
Coming soon: deeper insights into the science supporting the efficacy observed with Bentrio. We will talk directly with Fabio Fais, Altamira Medica's head of technical development.
2 Ji Hoon Ahn, et al. Nasal ciliated cells are primary targets for SARS-CoV-2 replication in the early stage of COVID-19. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2021; 131 (13) DOI: 10.1172/JCI148517