The history of Mineral Resources International began in 1968 when Hartley Anderson read a series of newspaper articles written by Dr. George W. Crane Ph.D. M.D., who published the amazing results people received from drinking small amounts of seawater daily. Dr. Crane theorized that the abundant minerals and trace minerals contained in seawater played an essential role in maintaining optimal health. These articles struck Hartley like a lightning bolt since he lived close to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Hartley and his wife Gaye Anderson began researching the nutritional properties of the Great Salt Lake, a large Inland Sea, located in Northern Utah. The Andersons soon discovered that the Great Salt Lake contains a purer source of the same minerals and trace minerals advocated by Dr. Crane, but six to ten times more concentrated than regular seawater.

Trying Great Salt Lake Water

The Andersons and a few of their friends began consuming small amounts of filtered Great Salt Lake water and within a few days, began to notice powerful health results. They also found out that health food stores were selling filtered seawater. In 1969 the Andersons founded Mineral Resources International Inc. (or MRI) through a parent company and began selling their first product, which they called Inland Sea Water. Customer testimonials began to pour in, attesting to the effectiveness of this new product.

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The history of mineral resources international began with Inland Sea Water in 1969 - vintage Inland Sea Water from that era

Products from Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Soon came the demand for a more concentrated, low sodium product, so the Andersons developed their flagship product, known today as Anderson’s Sea M.D. or Ionique Concentrated Mineral Drops. This was done using an all-natural, solar evaporation and precipitation process, which concentrates the minerals and trace minerals and removes over 99 percent of the sodium.  A great deal of love and care goes into harvesting these ionic minerals because that is how superior results are achieved.

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History of Mineral Resources International focuses on the Great Salt Lake. This vintage illustration of the train tracks crossing the Great Salt Lake is from the New York Public Library Digital Colelctions

MRI developed consumer-ready products based on the nutritional bounties from the Great Salt Lake, along with high-quality herbs, vitamins, and other nutrients. MRI also services private label and bulk ingredient customers in liquids and powders for the food, beverage, and natural product industry.

The Water Cycle

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Insights about health

Through extensive mineral and trace mineral research, the Andersons came to understand some very powerful additional insights:

  • We humans have done a poor job with the concept of “replenish the earth,” especially in the last 40 years.
  • This has caused our soil to become depleted of minerals.
  • If minerals are not in the soil, then they simply cannot be in the foods we eat, unless we fortify them.
  • This epidemic of mineral and trace mineral deficiencies is causing a significant loss of health.
  • However, as the soil becomes depleted the seas become enriched.
  • Thus, supplementing our diet with minerals from the Great Salt Lake is the perfect solution.

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Over 50 Years since the history of Mineral Resources International began

Our story began in 1969 and today the second and third generations of the Anderson Family have taken the torch. It is so much more than just a business to my family. It has been a stewardship and a mission:

“To improve global well-being through mineral nutrition.”

Our products have changed lives for the better, restoring health and hope. These minerals along with pure water are perfect for efficient hydration and maybe some of the most important factors for vibrant health. We invite you to experience the amazing results that so many others now enjoy.

Bruce Anderson
President, Mineral Resources International