Fulvic Acid Benefits: Boost Health Naturally

| Modified on Jan 22, 2024

Fulvic acid, a compound found in humus-rich soil, peat, and bodies of water like streams and lakes, has garnered attention for its impressive health benefits. This natural substance is a key component of the earth's nutrient cycle and is vital to plant nutrition. In recent years, fulvic acid has become increasingly popular as a dietary supplement due to its potential health benefits. This article delves into how fulvic acid can enhance health, including its nutritional support, antioxidant properties, and positive effects on digestive health, cognitive function, and immune system support.

Nutritional Enhancement and Bioavailability

Fulvic acid is known for its ability to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients. It acts as a carrier molecule, helping the body absorb and utilize vitamins and minerals more effectively. This property makes fulvic acid an excellent supplement for improving overall nutrition, particularly in cases of nutrient deficiencies.

Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Fulvic acid possesses strong antioxidant properties, which help combat oxidative stress and free radical damage in the body. These properties contribute to its anti-aging and cellular health benefits. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory effects can help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially aiding in managing conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Digestive Health and Detoxification

Fulvic acid supports digestive health by promoting a healthy gut microbiome and enhancing nutrient absorption. It also aids in detoxification by binding to toxins and heavy metals, facilitating their removal from the body. This detoxifying effect can improve digestion, reduce bloating, and enhance overall gut health.

Cognitive Function and Brain Health

Recent studies suggest that fulvic acid may positively impact cognitive function and brain health. It has been shown to improve memory, focus, and concentration, possibly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These benefits make fulvic acid a promising natural supplement for maintaining cognitive health and preventing age-related cognitive decline.

Immune System Support

Fulvic acid can also bolster the immune system. Its nutrient-enhancing and antioxidant properties support the body's natural defense mechanisms, helping to ward off infections and diseases. Regularly consuming fulvic acid supplements may contribute to a stronger, more resilient immune system.


Fulvic acid is a potent natural substance with many health benefits. From enhancing nutrient absorption and offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to supporting digestive health, cognitive function, and the immune system, fulvic acid is a valuable addition to a holistic health regimen. As with any supplement, it's important to consult a healthcare professional before adding fulvic acid to your diet to ensure it's suitable for your health needs. Embracing the benefits of fulvic acid can be a natural and effective way to boost overall wellness and vitality.

Continue reading below to learn how fulvic acid helped our readers with various conditions, and please let us know if this supplement helped you!


1 User Review
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Posted by Jeff (Cebu City, Philippines ) on 08/04/2011

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!

Replied by Joseph
(Davao, Philippines)

orange juice has a capacity to expel mucus but when the body system is weak enough to expel so the patient may suffer the healing crisis which the patient believes a negative but in reality it is a positive healing. So Fulvic role is to help the juice get more effective and the body to handle the healing crisis. so the patient in general will get ease.

Buying Guide to Humic and Fulvic Acid

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Posted by Prioris (Florida, US) on 10/15/2014

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:

1) Labeling
2) Heavy metals
3) Strength, Quantity and Cost
4) Other


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. "

Heavy Metals

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.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)
Replied by Martha

I would like to now where I can buy Fulvic Acid? I am worry to buy the wrong product and wich is the dose for cancer?

Replied by Hal
(New Mexico)

The most important issue seems to be left out here. The way the acids are extracted is of paramount importance. Bio ag and others are still using Acid precipitation to extract fulvic acid and in the process they are combining the naturally occurring organic minerals with an acid rendering them sulfates or nitrates or the signature of which ever acid used. Non-precipitated products are the only ones that are safe for human consumption.

Chronic Skin Condition

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Posted by Paul (Usa) on 06/16/2016

I would like to share my story regarding fulvic acids in hopes that it would be helpful to others. Although I have practiced a natural health oriented lifestyle for over three decades, I still developed a severe chronic skin condition on my hands many years ago. My fingers would become inflamed and itchy, then the skin would crack and either weep or bleed. I had limited motion of my fingers and they would be very painful when bending or being exposed to water. Even eating organic fruit would aggravate this condition. During the worst state of this condition, one of my fingers looked like a badly corroded car battery terminal. I had literally spent thousands of dollars on organic foods, whole food supplementation and natural remedies in an attempt to get rid of this miserable condition but only experienced partial success.

Then in September of 2015 I tried a new fulvic acids product, taking only one-quarter ounce per day. And a little over a month later (before I finished the second bottle), the skin on my hands had been completely healed without any trace of the chronic condition I had suffered with for so many years! I was SO elated! Since I wasn't sure whether the fulvic acids product I was taking was responsible for this result, I did not reorder it after finishing the second bottle just to see what would happen. After several weeks had passed, the symptoms began to return so I placed another order for two more bottles.

Again, the condition totally cleared up after about a month later. Then after finishing the fourth bottle, I decided not to reorder immediately just to see if the condition would return. Several weeks later, the symptoms began to return again. But shortly after taking the fulvic acids product again, the symptoms completely subsided. This proved to me that the fulvic acids product was solely responsible for clearing up this condition and as long as I am on this product, my hands look perfectly healthy. I had previously tried at least four other brands of fulvic acids—including the one that claims to be a 350X concentrate—but NO improvement was ever seen with my dreadful condition. I don't know whether this product worked by detoxifying my body or strengthening my immunity, but however it was accomplished I am just grateful to God that I found this life-changing “miracle in a bottle”. Hopefully, my story will be an inspiration to others. Thank you.

Replied by Rsw

Hi Paul,

Could you post the name of the supplement you took with the fuvic acid? I see a couple with the word "miracle" in the description and would like to try what you used without wasting time and money to locate it.


If regular pasteurized milk is used to make milk kefir (as advised), do you think the bacteria formed in the kefir will kill the bad bacteria in the milk that comes from most cows, as you have posted, or should I use ultra pasteurized instead? Or is milk kefir even safe to drink?

Thank you.

Replied by Paul

Hi and thanks for your reply. The fulvic acids product I used that actually worked isn't any of those brands mentioned on this forum. I did include a link to the fulvic acids product that helped me in my original posting, but it did not get posted. If you want to contact me directly at pjsmith2011 at mail dot com, I will let you know.

Regarding using pasteurized milk to make kefir, I would personally not recommend it. Raw cow milk is hard for humans to digest since it was designed to support the growth of baby cattle. And when it is subjected to high heat through pasteurization, the proteins become denatured and the body recognizes them as a toxin rather than a nourishing food. There is a reason dairy products are among the most common dietary allergens.

I would suggest using raw goat milk for making kefir if you can find it since goat milk is much more digestible than cow milk.

However, the company that sells the fulvic acids product I use also has an excellent probiotic product that is made from fermented organic and non-GMO foods rather than fecal matter as some probiotics are made from. It does not require any refrigeration either.

Hope this helps and I wish you success in your wellness journey.

Replied by Maria
(Naples Italy.)

Thank you for sharing your story/ Can you please tell what product exactly you are using? I have ordered the 350×concentrate... So that didn't do anything? Thanks! Maria

Replied by Paul

Hi, Maria! If you will contact me at the email address above, I will tell you which fulvic acids product was the only one that produced the desired results I was seeking. As far as the 350X concentrate brand that you referred to, it didn't do anything for me. Thanks!

Replied by Sandy A.

Could you tell me the best Fulvic Acids to use, and where to get it. Thanks, Sandy

Replied by Regina

Pretty please email me the name of the fulvic humic acid you used that outperformed optimally organic. Ty💛infinite blessings

Replied by Jennifer


I know it has been a long time since you posted, if you are still receiving these posts, can you send me the information on the brand of fulvic acid that you used?


1 User Review
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Posted by Bronwyn (LA, USA) on 12/27/2008

For years I've suffered severe neck and back pain, diagnosed as fybromyalgia. 7 days on fulvic acid has relieved 90% of the pain! I haven't felt this good in years! I've gained vitality, clarity, hope and concentration. I can't recommend it enough.

Replied by George450
(Cerritos, Ca, USA)

I would truly appreciate it if someone can email me privately to let me know where to obtain fulvic acid/humic acid? Thank you so much

Replied by Rena
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa)

Hi George450 from Cerritos, Ca.

I am currently taking fulvic acid. Like you, I had no guidance in which one is the best to take. I am only on week 2, way to soon to report anything. I am planning on reporting after 3 months use.

My health complaint at this time is bursitis in my left shoulder, which runs all the way down past my left elbow. For some reason I have very weak tendons. About 7 years ago, I had tennis elbow in my right arm, and it took about 5 years for it to completely recover. I am trying to speed up the progress using fulvic acid, because like most health issues I know it is due to some kind of deficiency.

I am a long time Earth Clinic reader, a big fan of this site. I will report my results, good or bad, but only in due time, unless of course the ailment recovers before hand. Peace, Rena.

Replied by Cazroid
(Ogallala, Ne, United States)

Rena, If you're still involved with this process I'd love to hear from you and the direction things have gone for you with Fulvic Acid. I was curious about your using Bioag's Wujinsan vs. Optimally Organics products and what your results were. Also is it a problem that the Wujinsan comes in a plastic bottle? Any and all information you might have to share if greatly appreciated, I'm just embarking on the dirt eating/drinking pathway! Thanks! Caswelldoug(at)hotmail.com

Fulvic Acid Fertilizer

Posted by Erin (Auburn, Ca Usa) on 03/22/2010

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.

Replied by Rena
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa)

Hi Erin From Auburn,

Can you pull up a website from the company you bought it from, or a phone number you can call and ask? Different companies may have different dilution ratios, it best to contact them if you can. Peace, Rena.

Replied by Kate Tang
(Nanning, Guangxi,china)

Hi, Erin From Auburn, generally speaking dilution ratio of fulvic acid powder to water is 1:400-1:800.We are fulvic acid manufacturer in China. If you need any information of fulvic acid, please do not hesitate to contact me. my company: Tian Yuan Shun Feng Tech. Co., Ltd.
my e-mail: [email protected]

Replied by Carol

HI, we are a manufacturer of fulvic acid. Our fulvic acid can be supplied with 80%, so sorry the highest not 75%. And if you have any qyestions about this products, welcome to connect with us by carol(at)x-humate(doc)com

Replied by Sasa
(Portland, Or)

I was looking for fulvic acid and I was so fortunate I found a place in Oregon that sold it I ordered it and it was swiftly delivered to my door This fulvic acid that I ordered is for human consumption and the cost was about one hundred dollars and it was worth it the container was like a gallon or something and last forever.

Replied by Bennie
(Dublin, Ireland)

Question: Does anyone know of specific research that describes the effect of Humic and Fulvic acids on the skin please?

Replied by Brad
(Cherry, Il)

Fulvic Acid does not have a standard for measuring the concentration by chemical testing. The standard is to judge the concentration by comparing the color (colormetric) to a chart, When your color matches up with the chart then you have a relative idea of the concentration. I have been involved with the agricultural side of the 12 molecules that make up the humic or humate complex. I buy a concentrate that is almost black in color that is sold to me as a 3% by weight solution. There is a specific molecular weight to the Fulvic molecule and this is the way I buy material for cropping uses. I can tell you that if the liquid you buy is golden that it has already been cut by probably close to 100:1. Most times I see a product offered that has been cut 150:1 and is more the color of iced tea in the north. At this rate we would use a quart to the acre for growing crops. For human consumption, you can make your own determinations. Thanks for all your contributions, it helps find out what actually does work.

Fulvic Acid Side Effects

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Posted by BevilNC (NC) on 03/23/2022

I am doing the Candida Protocol and a few days ago I took a couple of drops of Optimally Organic Fulvic in distilled water. A couple hours later I was throwing up and having sharp pains in my abdomen. It took two days for my stomach to feel right again. Felt lousy, no appetite. So I ordered Wu Jin San and today I mixed the lowest dose 0.5 oz in 6 oz of distilled water...and again a couple hours later I was throwing up and having sharp pains. I could not even hold a sip of water down, it's like my stomach just shut down and was rejecting anything. After several hours of misery I sipped a tiny bit of water with a little baking soda in it and felt some relief. What am I missing about Fulvic? Are there some people it is simply contradictory for?

Fulvic Acid Side Effects
Posted by John (Chillicothe, Ohio) on 07/11/2012

I tried fulvic from optimally organic, felt very dizzy and shaky like I was gonna faint, is this common or is this product junk?

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi John, Your reaction is interesting because fulvic acid is known to be a powerful detoxifier of herbicides, pesticides and other poisons including radioactive elements. Your reaction could actually have been one of rapid detoxification if any of these were in your system. Not sure how much you took but, maybe back off and slowly introduce it. I personally, take shilajit daily from an excellent source. Hope this information helps you. Lisa

Replied by Dustin
(Midvale, Ut)

I had the same reaction to it when I took the dose they say to take, I quit it for a while then started back up with only 1 drop a day for a few days then started upping it and it works amazingly.

Replied by Siri

I just started on Fulvic Acid. Purchased on Amazon, Optimally Organic brand 350x concentration. Recommended 4-7 drops 3 times a day, 1 drop diluted in 2oz water. Started 1-3 drops 1-2 times a day. The very second day I experienced more energy, and completed 1.5hr walk instead of normal 0.5 hr. I walk inside my apartment and very slow. Next 2-3 days were uneventful. Following night I suddenly started feeling as if I was coming down with flu, aches all over, pain in my guts, chills. Next morning I was feeling run down, but my guts were sort of OK, just lots of trips to the bathroom, it seemed that I was unloading lots of waste, I did not know I had.I eat very healthy and organic, so my elimination was always regular. By evening I had slight fever, but it was my guts that went crazy as if I had food poisoning-crumps, severe diarrhea, nausea. I don't know what to make out of this, but my guess it is xerx reaction.Unless I got food poisoning all of a sudden. No Fulvic acid today, the diarrhea persists, mostly mucus. Take 1 drop of each essential oil 3 times a day, peppermint, ginger, cardamom, carrot seed and oregano. Take internally in water. Have not slept in 3 days. Will post more later as my experience progresses. My health issues - POTS (dysautonomia), sever dizziness, severe insomnia.

Replied by Siri

Today was the first day my digestive symptoms subsided, so I took one drop midday. The dizziness kept me in bed all day yesterday and is not going away today. Took meclizine twice. The night before I had another episode of vertigo, terrifying, but not as violent as 3 months ago. I am taking Fulvic Acid to see if it will have any effect on my dysautonomia, dizziness, vertigo and insomnia. I have tried everything else under the sun and that includes mind body therapies of all kinds.

Replied by Siri

6/26 update. I gradually increased FA to 2 drops x 3 times a day and this morning took 3 drops. Had no issues until today.

I have fever again, 100.4, severe low back pain and what it feels like cyctitis. My urine is clear though, just burning sensation when pee and the low back pain is really bad. Have chills all over. Bode aches. Never had cystitis before.

Applied essential oils to my back, heat pad and took "no-spa" , drotaverine is another name. It is very safe for spasms, it is given to pregnant women in Eastern Europe. Not sold in the USA, but you may find it in the Easter European shops (in the US).

I want to mention that in the last 5-7 years I had fever only once when I got flu/cold. And it was the first time I had flu/cold in 5-7 years. So getting fever twice in the same month after I started on FA might have something to do with FA effect on my body. Good or bad, will see.

Replied by John

I'm commenting on Siri from NYC post here as I also had a reaction similar to theirs. I also used the same company 350x Fulvic Acid. Was only using a drop and then up to 3 a day, however it wiped me out, headaches, fatigue, wakefulness, and general stomach achiness. I wasn't nauseous, and it seemed to constipate me. I also thought perhaps I had food poisoning. I mistakenly started it at the same time I was taking a strengthening herb mix, as well as a green formula and liver formula ( Exsula), so it;s hard to tell what might have caused it. Stomach still not right 3 days later. Slowly getting better. Will attempt to introduce slowly after symptoms subside.

Replied by Carol
(New Jersey)

How come there are no answers to these questions. I would like to know about optimally organics also. I am taking it.

Replied by Hisjewel

Hello there Siri NYC,

I was wondering if the Fulvic Acid did you any good when all was said and done. Was that just a detox you were going through? Did you keep or discontinue this supplement?

I have been trying the Fulvic Acid out about a week. I now hope to improve blood circulation. I did one drop once a day for about 3 days, then I moved up to two drops, now I am on 3 drops once a day. I am doing well so far. I do believe I am thinking much clearer. That all I can say for right now.

Let me also add that the fulvic acid, also caused me to remember my dreams even when I took only one drop a day. I hope this is a clue that it is helping my blood circulation.



Fulvic Acid Tips

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Posted by Ginny (Provo, Utah) on 04/18/2012

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

Fulvic Acid Tips
Posted by Al (San Francisco, California) on 11/26/2011

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.

Replied by Linda
(San Francisco, Ca)

Hi Al, Some additional data on why not to mix Chlorine with Humic or Fulvic Acids:


Here is an article which explains why in detail:

http://www.info-archive.com/fulv cancer fighting.htm

"Fulvic Acid Minerals Information

Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water

Some of nature's most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been discovered to form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods including soy, fruits, vegetables, tea, many health products, and even some vitamins. Research has proven that these essential nutrients are the exact same families of compounds, that even in infinitesimal amounts have been tormenting the water treatment and chlorine industries for years.

Recently, a joint study was undertaken in Japan by research scientists at the National Institute of Health Sciences and Shizuoka Prefectural University. They determined that natural organic substances originating from foods, including fruits, soy, and green or black tea, react when tap water is chlorinated, forming dangerous cancer causing compounds. These deadly compounds have been named MX, which stands for "unknown mutagen", and are similar to the already well-known and more easily detected cancer causing THMs (trihalomethanes).

The Japanese scientists specifically mentioned that their studies showed that MX is created by the reaction of chlorine with natural organic plant phytochemicals such as catechins, which are contained in tea, and flavonoids which are found in fruit. Since Japan has an extremely high consumption of tea, fruits, and soy products, it is easy to see how high amounts of residues from these foods would end up in their wastewater treatment and water recycling systems.

Earlier studies by scientists in Finland in 1997 determined that MX is 170 times more deadly than other known toxic byproducts of chlorination, and was shown in laboratory studies to damage the thyroid gland as well as cause cancerous tumors.

THMs are known to be created by the reaction of chlorine with humic and fulvic acids, which are the final breakdown products of vegetation, including decayed leaves and organic matter. Humic substances are the same as soil humus, of which the fulvic fraction is water soluble and readily transported into streams and waterways, as well as utilized nutritionally by plants.

Very recent scientific discoveries have identified and clarified the composition of fulvic and humic acids as containing a significant amount of nutritional phytochemical groups including hormones, sterols, fatty acids, polyphenols, and ketones, which subgroups include but are not limited to: flavins, flavonoids, flavones, tannins, catechins, quinones, isoflavones, tocopherols, etc.

These compounds are some of the most valuable and promising anti-cancer nutrients found in our foods and health supplements. Coenzyme Q10 is a quinone, vitamin B-2 is a flavin, vitamin E is a tocopherol, citrus bioflavonoids including hesperidin, quercetin, and rutin are all flavonoids, green tea contains catechins, phenols, tannins, and isoflavones. Potentially all of these substances, and many more, are implicated by chlorination.

Amazingly, is has been discovered that these phytochemicals remain intact, concentrated, and intricately combined within humic substances; which are valuable remnants of nature's protective substances contained within fruits, flowers, pollen, nuts and seeds, as well as vegetative parts including roots, stems, bark, and leaves. Even the plant nucleic acids, RNA and DNA remain intact.

To comply with EPA rulings, water treatment plants have had to develop special techniques to scrub the seemingly dubious organic residues from water prior to treatment with chlorine. There is nothing wrong with the organic substances themselves, it is chlorine that is at fault for turning them into the deadly THM and MX cancer cocktail. Reality is that the organic substances have been shown to be highly beneficial combined with pure drinking water in trace amounts.

The bottom line is this: when water treatment facilities remove these substances, they are throwing the precious baby out with the bath water, and the remnants that remain are turned into cancer causing agents by chlorination. To make things worse, it is certain that the fresh plant foods we eat similarly react with the chlorinated tap water we drink with our meals, creating toxins. This means that fresh fruits and vegetables, green salads, green tea, black tea, herb teas, soy products, vitamin pills and various health supplements, and even some pharmaceutical drugs, all can be implicated in combination with chlorinated water.

The deadly cancer causing agents which are produced are extremely toxic in infinitesimal amounts, so small and obscure that they are extremely difficult to detect. Very little chlorine is required. When the concentrations of phytochemicals are high, such as in concentrated health supplements, or even fruits and vegetables coming from more fertile soils, the deadly combination with chlorination intensifies.

It has been known by the water treatment and chemical industries for many years that chlorine reacts negatively with natural organic compounds. These industries call these compounds DBPs (disinfection by-products) which are known to cause cancer in populations whose drinking water contains them. THM, the most commonly known DBP, is known to cause a high incidence of bladder cancer and also to cause spontaneous abortion of fetuses.

The Environmental Protection Agency has continually tightened their restrictions on THMs in drinking water, and even tighter restrictions are just around the bend. Yet it is interesting to note that the many government agencies and chlorine industries have conveniently neglected to take a serious look at food, health supplement, and pharmaceutical drug consumption, preparation, and production relating to use of chlorinated tap water.

There is good reason for the public to seriously examine and question this entire issue. Many years ago laws were passed making chlorination of water mandatory. Now, the chlorine industry and government agencies must continue their existing policies, because if sudden or drastic changes are made, the legal liabilities would be staggering. Certainly some government or industry personnel have known or theorized about these problems and have been covering them up for many years. However, if anyone were to admit to it, the consequences could be disastrous. This predicament could make the tobacco industry scandal seem insignificant in comparison.

Another area needing thorough scrutiny relates to pharmaceutical drug safety studies normally performed on animals in the laboratory. It would be reasonable to surmise that good laboratory practices and procedures would require that such studies be performed using highly purified drinking water for animals. It would be reasonable to believe that drug companies would not take the chance of jeopardizing clinical studies using chlorinated tap water. Of course chlorinated tap water is a common denominator within the human environment. Educating people to the dangers of chlorine would be admitting to knowledge of the problem, which could invalidate past studies and certainly raise serious legal problems.

This whole chlorine issue should come as no real surprise to any biochemist. During the last century, chlorine has been combined with many other normally safe organic substances to form some of the most powerful deadly toxins known, such as dioxin, DDT, PCBs, etc. The bottom line is that the real culprit is chlorine, not the substances with which it reacts.

Although chlorine has essentially eliminated the risks of waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery, there are many pathogens that are not controlled by chlorine. Other and better methods of water treatment exist. Many alternatives are already used throughout the world. Ever tightening EPA regulations have forced the water supply industry in the USA to look into alternative methods for disinfecting water.

For years, environmentalists have battled the water treatment industry and large chemical companies in an effort to ban the use of chlorine in drinking water. This ongoing battle has been a big source of revenue for both sides. As word of the problem spreads to the general public, something might actually be done about it.

As this message spreads, it will no doubt shake the very foundations of the chlorine and water treatment industries, let alone the government agencies that are implicated along with them. There certainly should be cause for serious alarm within the nutritional supplement and food industries, as well as those segments of the medical industry that might awaken to the dilemma.

This message is of utmost importance to the general public, because chlorine will one day, in the near future, be exposed as a major cause and contributor to cancer and degenerative disease. Chlorine will also be found to be responsible for damaging the body's immune and hormonal systems by mutating the food-based plant estrogens and phytochemicals that support those systems. A healthy immune system should be your first and best line of defense against waterborne disease.


Recer, P; Water chlorine byproduct may be cancer risk; June 18, 1997; Associated Press

Christman, RF; Kronberg, K; Singh, R; Ball, LM; Johnson, DJ; Report 259: Identification of Mutagenic By-products from Aquatic Humic Chlorination; North Carolina State University

Rhomberg, L Ph. D. ; Risk In Perspective: Are Chemicals In the Environment Disrupting Hormonal Control Of Growth and Development? April 1, 1996; Harvard Center for Risk Analysis

Japanese data related to MX and the Shizuoka Prefectural University has been extracted from various abstracts published by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Plant phytochemicals and nutrient groups can be determined from information within the Organic Chemical Tables; Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society."


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Posted by Dave (Friend, Ne.) on 02/21/2009

I use humic acid in the soil. It is "hydrogen" or digestor of the soil. If the digestor is weak or missing, what do you suppose will happen to all that fertilizer that American Ag producers use? And could that be one reason that there is Nitrates in our water? Please read articles from The Albreght Papers (google search ) and you will learn just like this wonderful place @ Earth Clinic
Thank you...

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Posted by Ann (Brevard, N.c.) on 03/20/2013

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!

Replied by Scott
(Pen Argyl, Pa)

Never use fulvic acid in anything but glass or metal containers. Don't even drink it out of a plastic cup. It is a powerful chelator and will start to break down anything but glass or metal which upon drinking you will take into your body. Do not take with chlorinated water because of chemical reactions creating harmful by products. Do not take in dairy such as milk because it's an acid and it will curdle the milk.

Replied by Kurt
(El Monte)

Can fulvic acids be mixed with lemon juice?

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I would like to hear where this information that fulvic acid should not be in contact with plastic originate? Have you read it from other vendors site or is there some proof for that claim? I am asking this because have read a controversial statement from here. I don't know which is correct so would like to know if you have some evidence that plastic is not a good option.

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Posted by Lauren (Queens, Ny) on 03/13/2013

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...

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Lauren... I use humic/fulvic acid on a weekly basis. I also just buy it from the garden center as granules or powder because its way cheaper than buying the organic or edible "standardized" forms.

To make the drink I just add a small amount of Humic Acid to water so that the water has a light brown see-through appearance(not black). I also always add a small amount of sodium bicarbonate to make the water alkaline. Then I just add a few drops of lugols iodine or a few drops of 10% sodium thiosulphate to remove any heavy metals and bad halogens and then just drink it like that.

Humic acid is just 75 million year old plant humus that has been broken down by enzymes and has also had high thermodynamic pressure applied to it because it is found compacted in rock strata.

Humic Acid makes body metabolism much more efficient, it is a wonderful detoxer of poisons and also has strong anti-viral action.

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Hi Bill... Thank you for all that information. One question though.. Is humic acid and fulvic acid the same? Thanks a million.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Loren... Humic acid is acid soluble whereas fulvic acid is not. It is really the fulvic acid that is most useful for the body. Humic acid is also useful for plants because the HA component can absorb many times its own weight in water -- and this is useful for plants needing water. Not so essential in humans because we have our own water regulation mechanisms. Fulvic acid is the one that has all the beneficial properties.

So, to just get only the fulvic acid component, Ted also 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.

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Thanks, Bill!!!

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Posted by Ann (Brevard, North Carolina, U.S.) on 03/11/2013

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!

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Posted by Emre (Istanbul, Turkey) on 08/19/2012

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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Posted by Linda (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 06/11/2012

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 :-),


Replied by Nvrt
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Were you able to find an answer to this - please let me know - I am also curious about how much water needs to be added to say a teaspoon of the humic/fulvic mix.

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