The benefits of Humic and Fulvic acids are undeniable to anyone who has added this supplement to their daily routine. But for those who have just discovered it, it’s worth taking a deep dive into what they are, what they do, and why it’s important to choose the right product.
What is Humic and Fulvic?
During the decomposition of plant matter, friendly soil-based bacteria create these natural acids. As a plant’s minerals, amino acids, and other phytonutrients are released into the soil, they combine with humic and fulvic to create what is collectively known as humic substances.
Humic substances are essential to the next generation of plant life. They are responsible for transforming inorganic minerals into ionic forms that can easily be absorbed through plant roots, chelating toxins in the soil to keep them from damaging plants, increasing plant cell permeability, and increasing soil microbial activity. The interesting thing about this is that animals and humans receive very similar benefits from humic substances.
Why do we need Humic and Fulvic?
We used to eat our crops with humic and fulvic residues, so there was no need to supplement. Unfortunately, our modern farming practices have all but eliminated this essential part of our diet.
It’s common practice to treat our crops, whether conventional or organic, with pesticides and herbicides to increase yields. As a result, our soils can’t maintain the healthy bacterial ecosystem needed to produce humic substances. The cascade effect of this means our crops receive fewer minerals from the soil and thus, produce fewer vitamins.
In fact, several studies, including one based on United States Department of Agriculture data, show US crops to have significantly less calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and many other nutrients than just 50 years ago. This means that no matter how much effort we put into consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other plant foods, we still can’t get the nutrition we need.
Further complicating the issue, our stressful modern lives, lack of quality sleep, and often compromised digestive tracts all increase our nutritional needs.
The Benefits of Humic and Fulvic
Humic and Fulvic support nearly every area of health and wellness and they can even help you get more from your other supplements.
- Providing ionic trace minerals
- Natural detoxification
- Nutrient absorption and cellular delivery
- GI health
- Immune function
- Brain Health
Ionic Trace Minerals
Humic and fulvic naturally carry 72+ plant-based, ionic minerals in ideal ratios for human health. A single daily serving can help you get the trace minerals often missing in our foods today.
Despite how often we hear about the importance of vitamins and macro-minerals like calcium and magnesium, it’s trace minerals who are the unsung heroes of health. While we only need trace minerals in small amounts, they are essential to a multitude of biological functions including hormone production and balance, tissue growth and repair, and the formation of new cells.
Just as humic and fulvic help protect plants from toxins in the soil, they also help protect us from toxins in a few different ways. First, humic acid works in the digestive tract by binding with toxins. Since humic molecules are so large, our bodies will remove them and the toxins instead of absorbing them. Then, fulvic acid works at the cellular level by helping to improve cell permeability. This allows cells to release natural toxic byproducts instead of keeping them trapped inside. Once released, immune cells target these toxins and remove them from the body.
Nutrient Absorption and Cellular Delivery
Fulvic acid molecules effectively bind with nutrients and are capable of carrying many times its own weight in vitamins and ionic minerals. Fortunately, fulvic molecules are so small that our bodies absorb them easily, even when carrying so many nutrients. As these molecules travel throughout the body, they can help improve cell permeability by donating electrons to cell membranes. This is important because cell membranes must have adequate, balanced electrical energy to function correctly. At this point, the molecules can pass the nutrients they carry to cells where they can support numerous biological processes.
Humic and Fulvic can even help you get more out of your other supplements by supporting their absorption.
The health of our digestive systems is under frequent attack by pesticide residues, medications, and poor food choices. Overtime, the intestinal lining that prevents unwanted bacteria, toxins, and food particles from entering the body can become damaged. As a result, inflammation and leaky gut develops and our ability to absorb nutrients declines.
Fortunately, humic acid can help reduce this damage by supporting healthy bacterial balance, binding with harmful substances like glyphosate, and potentially decreasing the production of inflammatory cytokines (TNFɑ and IL-6).
Humic acid helps support immune function in 2 primary ways. First, it acts as a prebiotic fiber. These fibers are for having a robust and healthy gut microbiome. The friendly bacteria that make up this microbiome are the front line of our immune system. They begin attacking bacterial and viral pathogens in the GI tract.
Additionally, humic acid has shown a remarkable ability to bind with viruses. According to chemist Richard J Laub, humic acid binds so strongly to viruses that it displaces a virus that’s already attached to a cell’s surface.(1) Once a virus is bound to a humic molecule, immune cells begin the process of killing and removing the virus.
Our brains are under constant attack by free radicals, but fulvic acid may help limit the number of active free radicals in the body through its antioxidant potential.
Additionally, our brains can experience a build up of abnormal tau proteins. Tau proteins are essential in the proper functioning of our neurons, but when they mutate, our bodies are not able to effectively remove them. Thus, they build up and become a contributing factor to various degenerative cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Fulvic acid has shown in test tube studies to effectively reduce the accumulation of abnormal tau proteins and may help slow the development and progression of these diseases. (2)
The Benefits of Humic and Fulvic don’t stop there. As research increases, new potential benefits are being discovered like the ability of fulvic acid to support the production of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). At the same time, consumer interest is growing and with it a wider variety of products. Unfortunately, not all of these products are equal in their ability to support health and wellness. It all comes down to the quality of the raw material, how it is processed, and how concentrated the final product is.
Choosing the Right Product
Humic and Fulvic deposits can be found all over the world with varying degrees of purity, concentration, and mineral composition. But, one of the most important factors in creating a high-quality deposit is the organic material it comes from. Since it takes millions of years for these deposits to develop, we must look at the evolution of plant species and environmental conditions in these locations prior to the deposit formation.
For example, during the cretaceous period, jungle-like vegetation was abundant, dense, and remarkably large with extensive root systems. Thus, plants were able to benefit from previously formed mineral layers deep underground and didn’t have to rely on topsoil for their nutrients. As time went on, the expansive cretaceous jungles gave way to smaller forested areas and grasslands. As a result, the exceptionally rich jungle soils were buried where the shallow roots systems of these new plants couldn’t reach. Overtime, these protected soils developed into raw humate and coal deposits abundant in full-spectrum minerals and humic and fulvic acids.
One such location is the Fruitland Formation located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico. During the cretaceous period, this area was a lush estuary bountiful with diverse land and marine vegetation. Thus, the resulting humate deposits are rich with unparalleled mineral profiles.
Unfortunately, other locations around the world didn’t benefit from such conditions. As such, products made from materials in these locations provide inferior humic and fulvic. An example of this is Himalayan shilajit. These deposits are relatively new and form from limited vegetation. In fact, many shilajit sources form from only a handful of plant and mold species. Not only does this limit the concentration and diversity of the mineral profile, but it also carries risks. Read more about the different types of source materials here.
Experience the Benefits of Humic and Fulvic for Yourself
Humic and Fulvic is a true gift from Mother Earth and with a high-quality, potent product, you can give yourself a chance to experience true cellular wellness.
Our Humic and Fulvic is sourced and manufactured in the USA. It comes in multiple forms, including capsules, to fit your lifestyle.
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