Last Modified on Aug 13, 2015
A beneficial substance that aids in the biochemical processes of the body, fulvic acid makes the body function more optimally. As such, this component can be used to treat and prevent a variety of health conditions. Ranging from more balanced hydration to toxin elimination, the benefits of increasing one’s intake of fulvic acid are plentiful.
What is Fulvic Acid?
Fulvic acid is defined as a “humic substance,” meaning that it is a major component of organic matter. A component of soil, fulvic acid is released as organic matter decomposes. During the process, millions of beneficial microbes are released, enhancing the healthful components of this substance.
Fulvic acid is considered one of the most chemically active compounds in soil as it contains a variety of beneficial nutrients. The compound contains an assortment of hormones, fatty acids, ketones, flavonoids, and vitamins and minerals.
Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid
A unique health component, fulvic acid is known to contain as many as 70 chelated vitamins. As such, this compound is effective for stimulating a number of healthful effects as well as treating a variety of health conditions.
Its unique combination of nutrients make fulvic acid a key component of many bodily processes. The nutrients help boost energy, promote cell life, improve circulation, enhance endurance and stimulate metabolism. Additionally, the compound helps remineralize the body, control inflammation, regulate hormone production, boost the immune system and promote brain function. Fulvic acid also serves as a natural libido stimulator as well as a cleansing and detoxing agent.
With all of these benefits, fulvic acid is an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. The compound can be used to treat neural pain, diminished brain function, degenerative diseases and a variety of others.
As nearly every illness or condition can be traced back to a nutrient deficiency of some sort, fulvic acid is one of the most important proponents of good health. While the natural prevalence of the nutrient is decreasing due to today’s farming practices, fulvic acid can be found in a supplement form and is likely to only become more readily available.
What You Need To Know About Buying Fulvic-Humic Acid.
I decided to write a small buying guide for fulvic and humic acid due to the fact that the information is spread all over the place and can be very confusing so will try to condense the info in one post. It makes it a very time consuming subject to truly research. When you're sick, it becomes an obstacle. This doesn't answer all the questions but it will hopefully be a short cut to getting up to speed and starting your journey into using humus for health. I am not an expert, so please do your own due diligence.
I will connote Fulvic Acid as FA and Humic acid as HA.
Here are the key considerations in buying FA/HA:
2) Heavy metals
3) Strength, Quantity and Cost
The labeling is definitely one of the biggest barriers to comparing products. Some tests measure the gross amount of HA and FA while others can give separate figures for both which the International Humic Substance Society promotes. Many refuse to label due to lack of an agreed upon standard. I do think this is a cop out.
Some labeling may be effected by the state law in a few states. I think most people want to know the proportion of HA and FA in a product.
"There is a lack of universal standards for measuring and labeling so consumer has another barrier to overcome. Numbers quoted by products may be like comparing apples to oranges."
"No matter what method is used the fact remains that until a single test is made standard and used by all registration agencies the confusion will continue through the marketplace. "
Any formulation which contains minerals could possibly have heavy metals. Since HA/FA gives the body the ability to absorb nutrients including minerals, heavy metals is a concern especially of one intends to take it for the long term. There are reports of high amount of lead, aluminum, mercury and arsenic in some brands.
FA/HA should not be taken in raw or unprocessed form since it may contain fungus growth.
I have found that the well known brands tend to minimize or remove the toxic metals. I can't vouch for the testing labs they use. The problem with so many products is that you have to dig for even this info. If your calculating the amount from numbers you need to know the amount of heavy metal in a daily serving.
Here is a contrarian view of the heavy metal issue.
I think most people will opt to not go there because it is the more unknown and they need more effort to do due diligence. I haven't come across any beneficial types of aluminum but I haven't researched the subject enough to confirm that.
It isn't whether it has aluminum or lead in it that matters but the daily amount you would consume. In a few brands I found that have aluminum, they keep it to 1/10th the average daily amount that a person gets in their food. One of those brands was a purified fertilizer brand.
Strength, Quantity and Cost
Cost is a product of strength and quantity.
The current labeling issues I discussed above makes it very difficult to clearly compare brands.
For liquid concentrated solutions, there is a good write up here
but another brand will say http://www.supremefulvic.com/faq.php#ques05
Again I think claiming "no universal standard" is a cop out. They could use the IHSS anointed test and give some type of info. They could use other tests, specify which test they used. I think they have to make some type of effort to give some data even if not perfect.
There are liquid, powder and extracts. There are varying degrees of humid and fulvic. I am still in my infancy in understanding this myself but I will leave you to decide. Maybe someone can chime in with another perspective on this issue.
Some people may want to formulate their own mixture so flecibility may be important. Obtaining more pure humus may be the way they want to go. Ted has advocated a 70/30 fulvic/humic blend ratio.
When To Take
As far as when you take it, it depends if your taking medications and what you are eating. If you know the food your eating is very healthy meaning it has minimal contaminants - such as pesticides, chemicals, not organic etc. - then taking the fulvic acid with meals should be very beneficial. Otherwise probably take it 1/2 hour before eating or 2 hours after eating. If using medications, take 2 hours apart.
One major caveat is - Do not use with chlorinated water. Filtered water should be ok. Chlorine interacts with it in a negative way.
Filtered water should be ok. Chlorine interacts with it in a negative way.
I don't endorse any product but just point out the more well known ones out there. Shilajit Shilajit is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Reported to contain at least 85 minerals in ionic form, as well as triterpenes, humic acid and fulvic acid. Shilajit should not be taken in raw or unprocessed form since it may contain fungus growth. Not all Shilajit is created equal due to heavy metals and contaminants.
Life Extension uses Primavie brand in it's formulations. This seems to be at least one of the gold standard brand for purity. It is used in research studies. WuJinSan WuJinSan is a purified fulvic Acid without the minerals. This in essence is the active ingredient. This should be one of the cleanest products.
Garden store variety HA/FA The advantage of Garden store variety is low cost. The supposed disadvantage is heavy metals. Ted advocates this.
In such a blend, Ted recommends adding a tspn or two of ACV or ordinary vinegar to the HA/FA mixture, thus acidifying the mixture, which will therefore act to precipitate out and remove the Humic acid component, leaving just the more useful and beneficial Fulvic acid in solution. Humifulvate Humet-R This is peat derived humate is more dominated by humic acid. It wasn't easy to find heavy metal content but in long pdf paper buried deeply, I concluded it was low. TeraVita SP-90 Humic Acid 100% Soluble Powder is 90% or more humic acid. This is advertised as fertilizer. It says it has 1% aluminum but doing the calculation based on daily dose of 1 oz, it is very low amount. The reason why one may want to use this is because humic acid won't be absorbed by body but stay in the colon.
You also have products by companies in referenced links above.
Some Addition info
I have seen it repeated that Fulvic acid is derived from Humic Acid. That is incorrect. Fulvic Acid is derived from Humus as seen below. It is a portion of the Humus Substances.
Organic soil matter (decaying non living matter) -> Humus (Substances) Humus is well rotted and will unlikely break down further. A humus layer can be 40 million years old. A rule of thumb about the quality: the older the better.
Humus Substances -> Humic Acids (soluble at high ph) (Yellow)
Humus Substances -> Fulvic Acids (soluble at any PH) (Black)
Humus Substances -> Humin (insoluble at any PH)(Black) http://www.humintech.com/pdf/humicfulvicacids.pdf
Humic & Fulvic acids contents of various materials Natural Sources Humic Acids % Fulvic Acids % Leonardite/Humate 40 85 Black Peat 10 40 Sapropel Peat 10 20 Brown Coal 10 30
Fulvic Acid is generally considered the active ingredient. This does not mean that humic acid us not an active ingredient also. Fulvic acid mainly transports particles, while humic acid mainly binds particles. They both have useful medicinal functions.
Humic acid is thought to support the removal of heavy metals from the body by acting as a chelator. It may be possible for the body to accumulate metals within the stomach, and chelators are thought to help remove these metals from the stomach by latching on the metals within the stomach and supporting their removal from the body.
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I bought some fulvic acid to use as fertilizer. It is concentrated at 75%. I was assured it was the highest quality, it is a golden yellow color.
My problem is that I do not know how to mix it. My seller in china speaks broken english and his mixing instructions seem waaaaay too strong.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] I tried fulvic from optimally organic, felt very dizzy and shaky like I was gonna faint, is this common or is this product junk?
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I would like to know how important it is for the fulvic acid to be a glass container. I purchased from a U.S. Company, but it came in a heavy plastic bottle. Also, what is the usual amount to take in 8 oz. of non-chlorinated water? (I always start with a small doses to avoid any allergic reaction). Please email me with this info asap: rustic23 (at) hotmail [dot] com. Thanks sooo much!
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Hey EC... I so badly want to try fulvic acid after reading so much good reviews however, I am kinda worried cause why would we want to put stuff that contains bromine, fllouride, cadimum etc in our body when we hear how harmful substances are to humans? Just a thought..someone/anyone any explanation. Like I said I would really love to try this. Thank you guys...
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I would like more info on Fulvic Acid. I purchased some from the U.S. (source is China). I have Lyme Disease and Celiac/lots of food allergies/digestive issues. Is Fulvic acid something that will aid those issues? I also need help with dosage, etc. from someone with a good history using it. And can it be toxic at all? thanks so much!
Dear Earth clinic, I would like to reach Ted with couple of question about Humic acid and diet as well as other supplementation while taking it. thanks, Irina
Hello my name is Dannelle and I am looking to do additional research on fulvic acid. In searching via Internet I have found multiple times an allusion to further benefits of fulvic acid beyond physical regeneration. I have been using from a reputable source, and currently experiencing herx symptoms, and I am also having vivid/lucid dreams. I am looking for guidance to find resources to learn more about the propertities of fulvic acid in this regard, perhaps emotional and spiritual, that cannot be shared in a public forum. I thank you in advance. Sincerely, Dannelle
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Hi, I'm new to this forum. I live in Istanbul - Turkey and it's very difficult to find fulvic acid or pure Humic acid here. However, we have plenty of Leonardite, which is supposed to contain Humic acid. Has anyone tried this?
In addition, if I use the raw solid form of this substance, how should prepare the liquid form (weight per volume )?
Many thanks in advance for your answer. Emre
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OK, I have acquired the dry powdered Fulvic Acid and Granulated Humic Acid. I want to make an ingestable liquid formula out of them.
I am not worried about how "clean" or disinfected these dry things are (I am pretty sure I can figure that stuff out), I only need to know how much distilled water to blend them with.
I know Ted prefers the proportion of 30% Humic acid and 70% Fulvic Acid from his previous EC posts for those 2 ingredients (Forever Thank You, Ted :-)).
Does anyone know how much of this dry Humic/Fulvic blend should be added to say, 8 ounces of water?
Or conversely, if I have a dry measured teaspoon of 70% Fulvic Acid and 30% Humic powder/granules combined, how much water should be added to this to make the liquid solution?
And then- How much of the resultant liquid would typically be ingested?
Does anyone know the answer to this, or can anyone point me to an explanatory EC link which I might have missed somehow (been searching for this info for weeks:-/)?
Ted, do you have time to answer this, I hope? Or anybody else?
Thanks a million, and Thank You Earthclinic :-),
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[YEA] For those people who want to know more about Humic Acids. It is a chain of humic, fulvic and ulmic molecules and comes from ancient deposts that are called humates or they are made at the roots of plants. The worldwide research on its benefits for plants, animals and humans is incredible! I have been using it on my plants and myselfs for 4 years now and will continue. Ginny
I found out about humic and fulvic acid around 2006. They helped me so much, I read quite a bit, and met some of the scientists in the field. Humic acid CAN BE an antiviral, if properly processed. Some companies sell junk. Be careful. You can get bad humic acid. Fulvic acid CANNOT be antiviral (the molecule is reportedly too small). But it provides unquestionable benefits. People used to get a lot of humic and fulvic acids from food, water, and contact with soil, but now soil our food grows in is often dead (chemically fertilized to force food out of it) and has to be removed from chlorinated water.
VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT MIX HUMIC OR FULVIC ACID WITH TAP WATER OR ANYTHING THAT IS OR HAS BEEN CHLORINATED. Humic and fulvic acids are naturally present in soild, water, and air. But they are REMOVED from municipal water. I think this is to prevent the formation of hexane.
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You have helped me alot with my colitis and mercury issues. Currently, I have been in a little flare so many thing are upseting my stomach or making my symptoms act up. Anyways, I finally got some 100% pure humic acid powder. Now, my question is, when I mix this it is completely black but it does have a taste to it. This is not suppose to have a taste, correct? It's kind of a chalky earthy taste.. I'm getting worried that this may not be pure even though the company has said it's 100% pure... I'm really not sure what to do? Any ideas? Thanks!
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[YEA] Recently, my mom bought some oranges and when I offered to make some fresh juice for her, she declined, saying that it makes her asthma act up almost immediately. I'm not sure why that is. So out of curiosity, I added a few drops of fulvic acid into the juice and it started fizzing. She drank it after that and we waited for a while to see if her asthma would act up. It never did! I don't know what the fulvic acid neutralized in the juice but it sure worked!
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Humic acid and fulvic acid are substances that Ted values highly.
My question is of what ingredients are they composed and how sanitary is the production? I have never heard of them before and like to know these things. Thank you
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