Fulvic acid has been described as a “missing link” to optimum health and nutrition, “the nutritional breakthrough of the 21st century“, “Mother Nature’s milk” nourishing our bodies and boosting our immunity, or, boldly, the “Mother Nature’s miracle molecule“. Fulvic acid fully deserves all these praises as it: –
FULVIC ACID – THE TRUE WONDER OF NATURE
More and more scientists and doctors worldwide are recognizing the extraordinary potential of fulvic acid, one of the sub-classes of humic acid. Fulvic acid has been described as a “missing link” to optimum health and nutrition, “the nutritional breakthrough of the 21st century“, “Mother Nature’s milk” nourishing our bodies and boosting our immunity, or, boldly, the “Mother Nature’s miracle molecule“. Fulvic acid fully deserves all these praises as it:
…and this list can just go on!
Dr William R Jackson, PhD, an author, educator, researcher and entrepreneur, who devoted his life to improve the wellbeing of people, once said: “If the Creator felt that it was necessary to design something to solve multiple problems, and if this Creator wanted to show us the magic and miracle of pulling ‘rabbits from a hat’, then an outstanding job was done with the design of fulvic acids!“
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WHAT FULVIC ACID REALLY IS?
In a nutshell, fulvic acid is an organic mineral and nutritional supplement second to none!
But let’s unpack this statement…
As a product of a long and slow refining process (read below where is it coming from), fulvic acid contains all the riches of ancient plants: 70+ minerals and trace elements, amino acids, amino sugars, peptides, nucleic acids, and, importantly, phytochemical substances. Now, according to Wikipedia, “Phytochemical substances are chemical compounds, naturally occurring in plants, that have protective or disease preventive properties. Plants produce these substances to protect themselves but research demonstrates that many of them have biological significance for humans and potentials to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke and metabolic syndrome. There’s more than 4000 phytochemicals, having different preventative actions. Many of these substances can be counted among the most valuable and promising anti-cancer nutrients”. Some selected examples of phytochemicals are listed below:
What’s in the name?
Fulvic acid derives its name from Latin fulvus, indicating deep yellow, reddish yellow, golden or tawny colour.
What is it chemically?
Fulvic acid is a natural, water-soluble acidic organic polymer. It is one of several sub-classes of humic acids with a particularly low molecular weight. Fulvic acid is very active biologically and its average elemental composition consists of: Oxygen (44 – 49 %), Carbon (44 – 49 %), Hydrogen (3 – 5 %), Nitrogen (2 – 4 %). It is this large content of highly bioavailable oxygen, which makes fulvic acid such an excellent natural anti-oxidant. Fulvic acid chemical formula and structure can vary slightly depending on the environment in which it occurs. On average its chemical formula is C37H33N1S1O33 and its structure looks like a diagram on the left (refer to: “Theoretical study on fulvic acid structure, confirmation and aggregation, a molecular modelling approach“, R A Alvarez, C Valenzuela-Calahorro, J J Garrido, Elsevier, Science of the Total Environment 358 (2006), 243-254, 26 May 2005).
WHAT IS A FUNCTION OF FULVIC ACID?
The key function of fulvic acid is to dissolve elemental minerals present in the soil, both metallic in origin, or shell-, rock-, and clay-based, and convert them into a form usable by plants, but also by humans and animals. Due to its properties, fulvic acid easily penetrates the membranes of living cells.
In order to underline the importance of the role, which fulvic acid plays in nourishing the living cells of our bodies we need to start from the cell itself. The cell is a fundamental component of all living things. We begin life as a single cell and eventually grow our bodies to approximately 10E14 cells, that’s a 1 with fourteen zeros behind! Cells are separate from each other or from an external environment with a special membrane. Most human cells have a nucleus, or its equivalent, which focuses the bulk of chemical information, which controls heredity properties of a human being. When cells deteriorate people age, when cells malfunction people get sick. We need healthy cells to have healthy bodies and our cells need to be nourished.
For a cell to make the best of the essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins, they must become bioavailable and bioactive. But here’s evidence that many, possibly all essential nutrients have a very-limited bioavailability in their pure chemical form. They only become highly bioavailable when they are ingested as part of a natural substance, in which they occur, alongside a multitude of other natural substances. All these substances create a synergistic environment for the nutrients to maximise their absorption and to turn into a live functioning part of your body. And fulvic acid is an essential ingredient of such an environment.
How does fulvic acid work?
When inorganic minerals come into contact with fulvic acid in a presence of water, they are dissolved into an ionic form and incorporated into the fulvic acid complexes, becoming an inherent part of the fulvic acid itself. In this form they become highly bioactive and bioavailable to the living cells of our bodies (as illustrated in picture below).
Fulvic acid is the only element capable of making nutrients bioactive on a cellular level and is thus recognized for its ability to balance and energize cell life and biological processes.
WHERE IS FULVIC ACID COMING FROM?
Fulvic acid is an organic material created over the long passage of time by the action of microbes breaking down dead and dying vegetable matter. Thus, it is largely found in pre-historic deposits of lignite, a soft, brown coal, that has developed from peat through bacterial action and pressure and heat over millions of years. Smaller quantities of fulvic acid are also found naturally in soil. From the ancient remains we know that long ago plant life flourished in an environment abundant with fulvic acid and it seems that most of plants and food crops of today must contain at least some of those riches, but in reality few do.
Today, our soils provide less and less natural nutrition, especially minerals, to the plants and food crops, due to prolonged poor agricultural practices, such as excessive use of chemical fertilisers, insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides, and the resulting erosion and mineral depletion. Quantity and quick time to market are driving modern farmers to produce ever increasing volumes of food critically lacking in organic trace elements and other nutritional factors, but full of chemical residues. In turn, we are deprived of adequate natural supplies, including fulvic acid quantities that the Nature intended for us to have, which would otherwise be available to us through plants we eat.