What are Humic and Fulvic Acid
What are Humic and Fulvic Acids?
Humate is the purest form of natural organic matter known to man and it is one of the most complex substances on earth. Humate is the generic name for soil humic substances. Humic acid is the chemical properties of humate.
Many millions of years ago the Earth was a true Eden. The vegetation was extremely lush and abundant, as is evidenced by ancient remains that geologists call humic deposits. These plants were super rich with nutrients and minerals because of the high oxygen content of the air.
These super plants produced abundant food in massive quantities capable of feeding the dinosaurs for millions of years. Time passed and so did they. They decomposed for millions of years nourishing the earth for future generations creating nature’s most concentrated source of humic acids crucial for everything living on planet earth.
The end product is transformed into the world’s most complex and ultra-compact molecules. Even the nucleic acids (RNA and NDA) of the earlier life-forms remain intact. Humic acid, being the larger molecule and fulvic acid, minute in comparison, have very definite roles to play in bringing human kind back to wholeness.
What is Humic Acid?
Humic Acid is a fraction of Humic substances (like Fulvic Acid) composed of long chain molecules which are high in molecular weight, dark brown in color and soluable in an alkaline solution. Humic Acid binds both to positive and negative charged ions making it the most powerful free radical scavenger, natural anti-oxidant. Humic Acid is a pharmacy that raises non specific organisms resistance and makes available 70 plus phytonutrients and minerals.
What is Fulvic Acid?
Fulvic Acid is a water soluable, natural organic substance of low molecular weight. It is a subclass of Humic Acid, complex mixtures of partially decomposed organic materials, biological compounds created by nature, originally laid down by pristine, ancient forests and compacted and transformed over million of years, extracted for today’s use.
Fulvic Acid (and Humic Acid) has a wide spectrum of action.
Exhaustive scientific studies prove its power. Fulvic Acid attracts 3 times its weight in radioisotopes and other heavy metals. Fulvic Acid alters the ionic form of toxins into non toxic elements.
It turns ‘out of sacred goemetry toxins into good nutrients to be used by your body. Fulvic Acid enters the cell wall of the mitochondria and tells the cell to make more ATP, your energy. The ATP energy increases a positive charge and your life force returns, cells regenerate into optimum health.
But did you know that Humic Acid is the byproduct of an 80 million year old, ongoing process of humification?
It is a natural geological process (like photosynthesis) which creates a byproduct known as humates (which humic acid is derived from). It takes place as ancient seaweed, plants, vegetation and fruit trees compress over time.
The right combination of organic compounds combined with geological conditions such as pressure and temperature over the course of 80 million years is what makes humic acid so special.
After ancient seaweed and vegetation were buried in certain parts of the world a very long time ago, these plants and seaweed pressurized and formed new substances that have been shown to drastically benefit human health. These are called humic acid (which is a bit of a misnomer because it’s not acidic, but rather is highly alkaline) and some brands I’ve tested have a pH of 10!
Relatively speaking, Humic Acid is not really a recent discovery. The first Western paper published on Humic Acids was in 1761 by Gottschalk Wallerius, and Humic Acid was then thoroughly studied by K. Archard in 1786. There are even transcripts from Ayurvedic Medicine that make references to Humic dating back over three thousand years.
17 Benefits Of Humic and Fulvic Acid
As minerals decline in the food supply, health problems inevitably increase.
For example, many heart conditions are associated with deficiencies of minerals like chromium, copper, magnesium, selenium, and potassium.
1. Humic and Fulvic Acid vs. Multiple Diseases
As I’ve explained before, a deficiency in even just one mineral like magnesium can be associated with dozens of conditions and can impact the thyroid, endocrine system, heart, bones and many other parts of the body.
2. Alleviate the Common Cold
A 1991 study found that regular doses of humic acid and fulvic acid could help alleviate the symptoms of the common cold quickly and comfortably.
3. Fighting Bronchitis
A 1984 study looked at the use of Fulvic/Humic acids in chronic bronchitis and found that these were as effective (or more so) than conventional drug therapies at alleviating symptoms.
(source: Jingrong Chen et al, Jiangxi humic acid, 2 (1984))
4. Nutrient Transport
“Fulvic acid readily complexes with minerals and metals making them available to plant roots and easily absorbable through cell walls. It makes minerals such as iron, that are not usually very mobile, easily transported through plant structures.” -Enhance and transport nutrients – Prakash, A. (1971). Fertility of the Sea, 2, 351-368.
5. Humic Acid vs. Cancer
“Patients with cancer causing tumors of the esophagus had 100% success rate in preventing tumor progression into the cancerous state when treated for two years with a humic extract solution.” -Yuan, Shenyuan; Fulvic Acid, 4 1988; in Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition: June 1993
6. Thyroid Health
A 1982 study found that injections with humic substances were highly effective (as high as 90%) at stopping the growth of thyroid tumors.
7. Better Sleep
The majority of patients who used humic and fulvic acids for other purposes reported better sleep as well.
8. Humic Acid Protects Cell’s Defense Mechanisms Against Viruses
“Preliminary in-vitro studies with Coxsackie A9 virus, influenza A virus, and herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) have already shown that Humic substances are effective against both naked enveloped DNA viruses.” -Klocking and Sprosig, 1972, 1975; Thiel et al., 1977)
9. Hemorrhagic Fever
“Hemorrhagic Fever patients with normally incurable epidemic Hemorrhagic Fever were able to be successfully treated with humic extracts, which stopped bleeding, restored circulation, removed clots, was anti-viral, and significantly bolstered and regulated the immune system.” -Yinzhang Cui, Humic Acid, 1 (1991)
10. Remove Pesticides From the Body
Humic acid has shown to break apart toxic pesticides, such as paraquat and help remove them from the body. (source: paraquat- Fisher, A.M., Winterler, J.S. & Mill, T. (1967). Primary Petrochemical Processes in photolysis mediated by humic substances. In R.G. Zika & W.J. Cooper (Eds). Petrochemistry of environmental aquatic system (141-156) (ACS Sympoium Series 327). Washington DC: American Chemical Society)
11. Electrical Balance in Cells
“Fulvic acid has proven to be a powerful organic electrolyte, serving to balance cell life. If the individual cell is restored to its normal chemical balance thereby turning its electrical potential, we will have given life where death and disintegration would normally occur within plant and animal cell.” (source: Jackson, William R. (1993). Humic, Fulvic and Microbial Balance: Organic Soil Conditioning 329. Evergreen, Colorado: Jackson Research Center)
12. Immune Boosting
Several immune-boosting properties of fulvic and humic acids have been identified, which may help protect against a variety of viruses.
Studies in China showed that children responded to humic substances for viral respiratory illness that had been previously unresponsive to treatment.
These substances have been used externally as masks, poultices and baths to help remedy skin conditions including ulcers and skin diseases.
In fact, one study found a greater than 90% success rate with using fulvic/humic mineral baths for ulcers. A 1991 study found this same effect on internal ulcers as well.
(source: Yuan, Shenyuan; Fulvic Acid, 4 1988; in Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition: June 1993)
14. Pain Relief
Patients using Fulvic/Humic for other health purposes reported less pain as well as better sleep.
15. Reduce Free Radicals
A 1995 study found that these ancient substances may reduce the effect of free radicals in the body.
16. Replenish Minerals
Active people deplete minerals in their body through sweating. Because of higher activity levels, there have been extra, unmet nutritional demands on athletes which not only has a negative impact on their performance, but it also places their health at risk.
The reality is athletes need more minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients and vitamins than those who are not active and fulvic and humic minerals are one way to help replenish mineral levels in the body.
17. Anti-Aging Effects
“Hospital studies in China show that elderly patients, ages 60-90, when treated with fulvic acid, regained appetite, slept better, and became more energetic. Other hospital studies coming from India show that fulvic acids are considered to be a powerful anti-aging therapy that also able to help with symptoms of dementia.” (source: Erchuan Wang et al, Humic acid, 3 (1991))
Bioavailable Sources of Humic Acid
As with any supplement, if it can’t be effectively used by the body, you are just creating expensive urine, and unfortunately, there is a lot of information to sort out when it comes to humic and fulvic supplements.
In researching, I’ve found four ways to help determine the quality:
Does it Dissolve? One way to tell how pure and bioavailable humic and fulvic acids are is to see how well they dissolve with and bind to water. The finer and more concentrated the humic and fulvic acid, the more bioavailable it will be to the body and the more easily and quickly it will dissolve in water. I’ve only found one brand that dissolves completely and easily and this is the one I take.
Measure the pH: Another way to determine how pure and bioavailable humic and fulvic acids are, is by measuring the pH. A high quality source of humic/fulvic acids should be very alkaline with a pH of at least 10.
Lab testing: The final way to test purity is through the labs. Is it organic? Is it GMO? Has it come in contact with acid rain? Is it contaminated? A lab test should always be done to test humic and fulvic acid’s purity.
Sourcing Location: Antony Haynes, a leading Humic and Fulvic researcher, has determined that humic and fulvic acid from New Mexico is the highest quality in the world. (I personally tested the pH of some humic and fulvic from there and got a reading of 10 when I mixed BlackMP’s humic and fulvic powder with water).