UltraTerra is a naturally occurring clay mineral recognized for both its purity and powerful toxin binding characteristics. Our clay is Generally Recognized as Safe by the FDA for oral consumption in humans and animals.
Derived from the rare geological occurrence of a deep underground volcanic clay formation surrounded by a fresh water spring. Since the volcano and resulting clay deposit never reached the earth’s surface, it remained uniquely free from biological matter, metals, toxins (dioxin) and other containments found in most clay ingredients.
The result is a highly pure natural formation of Calcium Aluminosilicate clay categorized in the Montmorillonite (Bentonite) family.
Our clay is unique in two aspects: purity and toxin binding (absorption) characteristics.
The isolated and self contained nature of the formation kept the clay free from ash, plant matter, animal matter, metals or other elements and was then washed by an equally deep fresh water spring over the span of many thousands of years. The result is one of the purest clay known to exist in the world, free from the many contaminants embedded in the majority of clays.
Toxin Binding Ability
The geometry and technical aspects of the clay have been researched and are well characterized (see publications below).
UltraTerra has a unique crystalline structure in which calcium ions are embedded within the clay’s matrix. This structure provides what is known as a calcium binding site that enables the clay to bind to and absorb a broad range of a toxins, including: bacterial toxins, mycotoxins, aflatoxins (naturally occurring carcinogen) and a broad range of biological and metabolic byproducts.
Demonstrated to Bind
- Toxins, including aflatoxins and endotoxins
- Bacterial byproducts, toxins and spores
- Viral derivatives
- Drug metabolites (naturally excreted thru skin)
- Inflammatory proteins
Studies have also been completed to confirm that the clay will not absorb vital nutrients, vitamins or medications that could lead to adverse side effects. Dosage has been set at 500mg per serving but can be taken often as there is no known toxicity or over dose condition.
 Carpenter, Robert H. “Activities of Calcium Aluminosilicate Mineral Raw Material (RCASMRM).” 2010.
 Phillips, Timothy D. “Aflatoxin Enterosorbent Research Summary.” TAES.
 Phillips, T. D., Afriyie-Gyawu, E., Williams, J., Huebner, H., Ankrah, N. -A., Ofori-Adjei, D., Jolly, P., Johnson, N., Taylor, J., Marroquin-Cardona, A., Xu, L., Tang, L. and Wang, J. -S. (2007) “Reducing human exposure to aflatoxin through the use of clay: A review,” Food Additives & Contaminants, 25:2, 134 – 145.
 Wang, J. -S., Afriyie-Gyawu, E., Billam, M. Luo, H., Guan, H., Tang, L., Glodston, T., Lovett, C., Griswold, J., Brattin, B., Taylor, R. J., Huebner, H.J., and Phillips, T. D. (2005) “Short-term safety evaluation of processed calcium montmorillonite clay (NovaSil) in humans,” Food Additives & Contaminants, 22:3, 270 - 279.
 Phillips, Timothy D., Kubena, Leon F. “Detection and Detoxification of Aflatoxins: Prevention of Aflatoxins and Aflatoxin Residues with Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate.” Vet Hum Toxicol 32 (Supplement). 1990.
 Gates; Dossier. “The Importance of Calcium Aluminosilicate Uniform-particle Size Non-swelling Clay (CAS-UPSN) and its Use in Aflatoxin Mitigation in Human Populations at Risk for Immune Suppression: Executive Summary.”
 Bingham, Allen K., Phillips, Timothy D., Bauer, John E. “Potential for dietary protection against the effects of aflatoxins in animals.” Vet Med Today: Timely Topics in Nutrition. Vol. 222 No. 5. 1 March 2003
WHY PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION?
The delicate intestinal environment typically contains healthy amounts of good bacteria. However, these bacteria are destroyed by infections, disease, poor diet, antibiotics and even stress. Supplementation and proper delivery of live organisms to the intestinal tract replaces valuable organisms lost to these and other factors.
The good news for probiotics is, unlike many other dietary supplements, studies consistently show that even huge doses of natural probiotic organisms cause no ill effects for the vast majority of consumers. The challenge is finding probiotic supplements that truly "deliver the goods".
Consumers are increasingly aware of the importance and benefits of probiotics. Faced with a plethora of products and marketing hype, savvy veterinarians are now choosing probiotic products that exhibit the hallmarks of quality, viability and effective delivery.
Living mainly in the intestines, probiotics can be beneficial to it’s host in different ways:
- Assisting with food and nutrient assimilation
- Inhibiting harmful bacteria and viruses
- Stimulating the immune system
Ultra Immune's Eight Probiotic Strains
After thorough review of the scientific literature, interviews with medical professionals and working closely with our industry partner (one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers of probiotics) we identified the following eight bacterial strains to be be highly relevant to canine health.
- Enterococcus faecium
- Bifidobacterium animalis (lactis)
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus reuteri
- Lactobacillus fermentum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
Regarding viability, 5 Billion CFU (colony forming units aka viable cells) per dose is established by the manufacturer. The prebiotic Inulin is also included to provide support for the g.i. tract and overall probiotic results.
Ultra Immune offers one of the most comprehensive formulations of probiotics available ensuring maximum benefit throughout the entire intestinal tract.
Veterinary Probiotic Citations
 Jugan MC, Rudinsky AJ, Parker VJ, Gilor C. Use of probiotics in small animal veterinary medicine. JAVMA. 2017;250(5):519-28.
 Wynn SG. Probiotics in veterinary practice. JAVMA.2009;234(5):606-13.
 Herstad HK, Nesheim BB, L’Abée-Lund T, et al. Effects of a probiotic intervention in acute canine gastroenteritis–a controlled clinical trial.J Small Anim Pract. 2010;51(1):34-8.
 Kelley RL, Minikhiem D, Kiely B, et al. Clinical benefits of probiotic canine-derived Bifidobacterium animalis strain AHC7 in dogs with acute idiopathic diarrhea. Vet Therapeutics. 2009;10(3):121-30.
Just as important as replenishing the microbiome through probiotics, feeding the existing flora via prebiotics is also critical. Inulin is a well-documented and essential prebiotic that helps maintain the bacterial strains that are required for optimal GI health.