Perma-Guard Fossil Shell Flour is the world’s finest food-grade diatomaceous earth. This natural solution is suitable for almost all animals and livestock and helps improve digestion, gut health and nutrient and mineral absorption.
Fossil Shell Flour is a natural product derived from the fossilised remains of microscopic shells of freshwater aquatic organisms called diatoms. This 100% pure plant based whole food is an ideal, natural solution for optimising animal and livestock health.
Safe to use on most animals and livestock, diatomaceous earth provides a chemical-free alternative for internal and external parasite control. Rich in silica, DE will help improve your pet’s skin and coat, reduce odours and improve gut health.
The benefits of Fossil Shell Flour (diatomaceous earth) can include:
Directions/dosage + storage:
Mix with food. For small pets under 24 kg, use half to one teaspoon per day. For larger pets, use half to one tablespoon per day.
Alternatively, add 1-2% of the weight to the feed rations. This does not have to be an exact amount, more will not be harmful, but less may not give you the results.
For external parasite control, make a paste with water or rub full-strength powder on to the skin and/or apply to the coat and sprinkle on bedding.
Q: Is Fossil Shell Flour safe for all animals?
A: Diatomaceous earth is safe for consumption and use around most animals. However, due to its ability to absorb moisture, it is not recommended to use with reptiles and insects. If unsure, consult with your veterinarian prior to use.
Q. Does your Diatomaceous Earth kill Bed Bugs, fleas, weavils and other pest insects.
A. Although Diatomaceous Earth has been proven to kill many pests (including Bed Bugs, fleas, weavils etc.) by mechanical action (google it), our product is not a registered insecticide, so we cannot sell it as such.
What minerals are in it?
How do I use Fossil Shell Flour to help with parasite control?
Although Fossil Shell is not a registered for pesticide control, it is a great alternative. While most pesticides are highly toxic, Fossil Shell Flour is a non-toxic natural product.
For best results, lightly sprinkle Fossil Shell Flour onto your pet’s fur and rub or even comb into skin. Alternatively, you can mix the powder with water and make a paste and then apply to your pet’s coat. You can also dust a small amount of powder onto your pest’s bedding.
Also approved by the FDA and EPA
Perma-Guard Fossil Shell Flour ® Food Grade pure Diatomaceous Earth - 100% Pure, organic and comes from fresh water.
Click the link to see what the manufacturers have to say about the product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkOgcUa2VK4
Perma-Guard is the original and largest supplier of registered food-grade diatomaceous earth products in the world and is imported from the United States. Not all Diatomaceous Earth is Food Grade. There are many cheaper versions of Diatomaceous Earth starting to flood the market in Australia, we suggest you check that the product is registered/certified food grade before making any purchases as many types can contain impurities making them unsafe for consumption. To date, there is no Australian Diatomaceous Earth that is certified as Food Grade.
Some Diatomaceous Earth claimed as food grade contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. Depending upon how the deposits were formed, clay particles may be present in sufficient quantities to clog the pores of the fossilized shells. If this is the case, the effectiveness of the Diatomaceous Earth is severely reduced. The shape of the diatom must be tubular with holes in the walls. It must be fresh water because the diatoms form a harder shell and are less fragile than those in saltwater. Perma-Guard Fossil Shell Flour DE is registered Food Grade and is 100% pure, organic and contains no chemicals.
Out of 600 deposits in the USA, only 4 are considered "Food Grade" by the FDA standards.
Warning: When purchasing Food Grade Fossil Shell Flour Diatomaceous Earth, you should be looking for something that is off-white/bone in colour. There is a large comparison in colour, this is mainly due to clay deposits found in the Australian and other countries products.
Perma-Guard Food Grade Fossil Shell Flour (DE) - amorphous silica as diatoms (microfossils) is more than 99% and the crystalline silica is generally regarded as less than 0.5%.
PERMA-GUARD is the trade name for a grade and quality of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and comes from the USA. Actually, DE is not an earth. It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells of freshwater plankton Algae/plants called DIATOMS.
These products do not contain persistent chemicals harmful to the environment and to higher forms of life. Although not harmful to animals or the environment generally, it may be harmful to fish.
Perma-Guard is uniquely Natural, Organic and Sustainable.
All diatomaceous earth is not the same. Diatomaceous earth packaged under our Fossil Shell Flour (FSF) label comes from an extremely pure freshwater deposit of the diatom Melosira Preicelanica. Why is this diatom so special? Its shell is made of amorphous silica. Its shape and hardness are important to how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes along the diatom's wall allow it to absorb moisture.
Why fresh water vs. saltwater DE? Fresh water deposits like ours have a consistent diatom presence. Their fossilized shells have maintained their tubular shape. This shape and strength of the fossil shell is critical to its effectiveness. Our deposit has very high amorphous silica content. Our deposit is more consistent in purity of other elements that have settled in it. Saltwater deposits contain a mix of types of diatoms of different shapes. Their fossilized shells are fragile and break easily. This renders them ineffective for our purposes. The saltwater deposits are less predictable in their sediments.
What's the difference between amorphous and crystalline silica? Amorphous silica is silica in its natural occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs to gain full health. It becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing means, e.g. the type of diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool, and other, filtration systems are crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. It is not biodegradable.
In Australia, Food Grade Fossil Shell Flour has only been approved for sale as an Anti-Caking Agent and animal feed, therefore we can only advertise it as such. Please see the manufacturers website www.perma-guard.com to find out more or research on the internet (google, YouTube etc). In Australia it is currently not approved as a human health product, in other countries such as USA and Canada the Perma-Guard brand of Fossil Shell Flour Food Grade DE is approved by PMRA & Health Canada, USDA, FDA and EPA.
Perma-Guard (Fossil Shell Flour®) from USA has been reviewed and is now listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
In the course of marketing our Fossil Shell Flour as an anti-caking agent, we have been astonished by some of the benefits claimed by long-term users. They are as follows:
SEE WHAT DR AXE has to say (below) about Diatomaceous Earth.... https://draxe.com/nutrition/diatomaceous-earth/
You may never have heard of diatomaceous earth (DE) before, but chances are you’ve consumed or used plenty of products that contain it. So what is diatomaceous earth and does it really work?
DE is a powder that comes from the cell walls or shells of diatoms, or aquatic organisms. It’s commonly used by humans to promote detoxification, aid digestion, and improve skin and hair health.
For example, diatomaceous earth for fleas is also extremely effective for your pets. But DE has many uses beyond that, with an astounding ability to kill insects and harmful substances in your home and purify your water.
If you haven’t used this natural substance in your diet, home or garden yet, you’ll want to experience its many benefits.
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a natural product made up of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Composed of the cell walls/shells of single cell diatoms, it easily crumbles to a fine powder.
In fact, the composition of the diatom cell walls are biogenic silica.
The substances used to make diatomaceous earth are safe and taken directly from the sea, since diatom silica deposits accumulate over time in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans.
DE goes by many names other than diatomaceous earth, including:
According to the National Pesticide Information Center, diatoms found in DE are actually skeletons that are made up of silica, a very common type of matter found in nature that makes up about 26 percent of the earth’s crust. There are various types of natural silica, many of which you probably recognize, including: sand, emerald, quartz, feldspar, mica, clay, asbestos and glass.
What are some products that contain diatomaceous earth? Diatomaceous earth is available in two different grades:
Some common products that contain diatomaceous earth include dusts, powders (or a “powder duster”) and pressurized liquids that are used on the outside of buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in human and pet foods.
It usually comes in the form of a white powder and is also used in water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products and farming to naturally eliminate free radicals, viruses, insects, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out. It also has the ability to improve the body’s use of calcium, improve bone mineralization, protect joints and fight effects of aging.
Diatomaceous earth comes in several forms:
You can purchase food-grade DE in some health food stores or online. DE for your garden or pest control is also available at many home improvement stores.
Silica used to make diatomaceous earth is a key common component of the earth’s natural rock, sands and clays. Silica is an important component of human ligaments, cartilage and musculature and is also abundant in plants since it facilitates their growth and development.
Studies have shown that it’s an essential mineral for the body to build strong bones, hair, nails and teeth, and it’s needed to carry calcium into various parts of the body.
According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, many forms of silica exist in nature, and compelling data supports myriad beneficial effects of consuming more silica within water. Orthosilicic acid is the form of silicon predominantly absorbed by humans and found in numerous tissues, including nails, bones, tendons, the aorta, the liver and the kidneys.
Compelling evidence exists that suggests silica is essential for health and has a strong anti-aging effect. Deficiencies in silica can contribute to:
Diatomaceous earth — also known as diatomite — works like a natural detoxifying agent within the body, killing parasites and viruses that can contribute to illnesses while also helping to clean the blood. It’s also inexpensive, simple to use and much safer than many store-bought detox products or plans.
Some of the benefits of using DE internally include reducing odors, helping to curb gas, cleansing the digestive tract, boosting liver function and absorbing harmful toxins within the blood.
How does DE work to help with detoxification?
Silica works similarly to antioxidants found in high-antioxidant foods because it retains its traits as a stable particle even while continuously suspended in a liquid medium, allowing it to fight free radical damage. It’s broken down into a colloidal form, which acts like a detoxifier for the blood since it carries an electrical charge that attaches to free radicals and other harmful toxins.
Silica particles can then neutralize the charge of free radicals and remove them from the body through sweat, urine and feces, which slows oxidative damage and has anti-aging effects.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that silica also helps eliminate heavy metals from the body, such as aluminum, making it perfect for a heavy metal detox. In studies, it has been shown to have a high-aluminum-affinity and reduces aluminum availability from the human gastrointestinal tract.
A 2011 study published in the Oxford Journal of Poultry Science found that DE has the potential to be an effective treatment to help control internal worms (parasites). Interestingly enough, this was observed in hens that produce organically raised, free-range eggs.
Giving two breeds of commercial egg-laying hens DE improved production of their eggs and egg quality compared to control groups, effectively working as a parasite cleanse in the process.
The two groups of hens used in the study were found to differ in their resistance to internal parasitic infections, which was observed by examining their gastrointestinal tracts. The hens fed DE had significantly lower incidences of infections, including fewer Capillaria FEC, slightly lower Eimeria FEC, fewer birds infected with Heterakis and significantly lower Heterakis worm infections.
Those fed DE were also significantly heavier in weight, laid more eggs and consumed more feed than hens fed the control diet, plus their eggs had larger yolks and therefore were more concentrated with nutrients.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging stated that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue and helps prevent low bone mass (osteoporosis), which is considered “a silent epidemic of the 21st century.”
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