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Benefits of Black Mica

By George Cranston | Minerals | Rating:

Black Mica is a mineral that appears black and shiny in appearance. It is found mainly in granite and other metamorphic rocks (for those who remember their geography) and is technically known as ‘biotite’.

Essentially, black mica is comprised of a number of other minerals, nutrients and elements. These include magnesium, aluminum, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen which can be extracted to create ‘Adya Water’ or ‘Ionized Minerals’.  

It’s also a complete scam and not worth your time or money. Allow me to elaborate…


The story goes that black mica was researched in Japan in the 1960s by one Dr. Asao Shimanishi (Japanese researchers always sound reliable) and was demonstrated to contain a number of minerals used in the body. Presumably that’s the magnesium then... To create the patented ‘black mica extract’, Shimanishi removed the minerals and kept them in an ionized state. It’s worth noting at this point that ‘regular’ black mica is used for making jewelry.

Shimanishi believed that black mica extract could be used in this form to purify water – adding a small amount would cause toxins and heavy metals in the water to collect and move to the bottom in an ‘inert’ form. Strangely, this process is invisible according to Amazon reviews…

At the same time, the minerals found in the black mica itself would be transferred to the water, thereby fortifying it to present additional health benefits.

Does it Work?

For use as a water purification method, black mica is sold under the name ‘Adya Clarity’ and this is where much of the controversy is focused. The claim made by the company’s marketing campaign is that a single drop of black mica powder can purify any water on Earth. This is of course a rather bold claim that is completely unfounded. Even if it were able to purify a lot of toxins, there could still easily be parasites and other dangers that it could not combat.

Moreover, there is no ready explanation available for how black mica claims to work. It is sometimes sold under the name ‘magnetic minerals’ suggesting that there is some form of magnetism involved – which clearly would have no effect on chlorine, fluoride or many of the other elements it claims to ‘neutralize’.

Worse still are claims that the substance could help to remove heavy metals from the brain, to ‘treat the blood’ and even ‘cure’ arthritis. Again, there is no explanation as to how this might happen, let alone any evidence to support these claims. There is no known cure for arthritis and were black mica an effective solution, it would likely be well known by now. More likely, this is a cynical attempt to prey on the desperation of those in constant pain.

What’s more, there is concern for the amount of aluminum in the product, as well as doubt regarding the company’s claims that the product is ‘approved in Canada’ and thus ‘harmonized’ for sale in the USA. In fact, there are no Canadian distributers and this appears to be nothing other than a transparent attempt to gain credulity. Unfortunately, a number of people have now come forward with complaints of negative health effects and there has been speculation that some trace elements are used in the product in greater quantities than stated on the list of ingredients.

There are no studies disproving the claims of Adya Clarity or Black Mica extract. Why is that? Because there are no studies on the substance. Simply put, the scientific community doesn’t deem it worthy of their attention and whatever research is alleged to have taken place in the 1960s was never formerly published.

What you can be fairly sure of though is that this product has no scientific grounding and no measurable benefits. It may also have harmful negative health effects. Either way, it is definitely to be avoided.

George Cranston

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