The Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid

Organic Soil

The natural world is one big recycling bin. When plants and animals die, microscopic organisms help the matter decompose and, in the process, produce many beneficial byproducts. When this happens in nature, these byproducts are just absorbed back into the soil and, due to their organic composition, end up providing the high energy properties normally associated with healthy soil. One of the most beneficial of these byproducts is fulvic acid.

The Positive Energy of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is beneficial in part because as plants and other living things absorb high levels of fulvic acid, their biochemical reactions are sped up and become more efficient. Enzyme activity increases and cell membranes become more permeable. [1] Water is able to enter cells at an above-normal rate. This is beneficial for both plants and animals by promoting balanced hydration and allowing the body to pass unwanted toxic substances. [2]

Fulvic Acid and Toxic Metals

Ingestion of fulvic acid is known to increase the ability of a cell to release toxic metals. Australia’s Ecotoxicology Program found that when fish swam in water with fulvic acid, their aluminum toxicity levels were up to six times lower than otherwise. [3]

Fulvic Acid Supports Brain Health

Responsible dietary habits and proper nutritional supplementation are measures generally believed to support good brain health. According to the University of Chile’s International Center for Biomedicine, fulvic acid has properties that may help protect against cognitive impairment. [4]

An amazing example of this is a substance called Shilajit. Shilajit is found in the Himalayan Mountains, and produced by the gradual decomposition of certain plants. Shilajit is composed mainly fulvic acid and has been identified as a compound that supports healthy brain function. [5] [6]

Supplementing with Fulvic Acid

Unfortunately, the use of pesticides and fertilizers, erosion, and mineral depletion have lead to decreased microbial activity in farming soil and the presence of fewer natural super substances like fulvic acid. However, fulvic acid is available in many supplements and I recently even saw a bottled water company had started to provide water with fulvic acid. Is fulvic acid something you’ve opted to include in your supplementation program? Leave a comment and let us know what your results have been.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Strathmann TJ, Myneni SC. Effect of soil fulvic acid on nickel(II) sorption and bonding at the aqueous-boehmite (gamma-AIOOH) interface. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 Jun 1;39(11):4027-34. .
  2. Yang J, Jia J, Liao J, Wang Y. Removal of fulvic acid from water electrochemically using active carbon fiber electrode. Water Res. 2004 Dec;38(20):4353-60.
  3. Trenfield MA, Markich SJ, Ng JC, Noller B, van Dam RA. Dissolved organic carbon reduces the toxicity of aluminum to three tropical freshwater organisms. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2012 Feb;31(2):427-36. doi: 10.1002/etc.1704.
  4. Cornejo A, Jiménez JM, Caballero L, Melo F, Maccioni RB. Fulvic acid inhibits aggregation and promotes disassembly of tau fibrils associated with Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;27(1):143-53. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2011-110623.
  5. Carlos Carrasco-Gallardo, Leonardo Guzmán, and Ricardo B. Maccioni Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity. Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 2012: 674142.
  6. Carrasco-Gallardo C, Farías GA, Fuentes P, Crespo F, Maccioni RB. Can nutraceuticals prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Potential therapeutic role of a formulation containing shilajit and complex B vitamins. Arch Med Res. 2012 Nov;43(8):699-704. doi: 10.1016/j.arcmed.2012.10.010. Epub 2012 Nov 3.

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  • vincent

    Hello, nice article ,I’ve been taking fulvic acid for 3 months , not sure about feeling results as claimed, but im well aware of its benefits . A healthy non toxic and anti inflamatory foods diet is also suggested for anyone who is striving for optimal health .. I personally started fulvic acid to compliment my CES machine.

    Thanks again!

  • Julian

    Hello. I’m looking for information on the product that is a drink; water and fluvic acid. Is it safe? is it kown in the States? I live in Canada.
    Thank you! Have a healthy life style you all….Ann

  • ghc_health

    Hey Julian, I believe I saw, briefly — in passing, a water that contained fulvic acid. Let us know if you find more information about this.

  • DLynn

    I’ve been taking fulvic acid for 6 years with extraordinary results. Hair that was once white turned back to natural color (about 20% of my hair) menstrual cycle returned to that of my teens, energy increase, and I never get sick anymore. Asthma and allergies have also vastly improved. I use one from Optimally Organic that is concentrated so you have to add water to it. I’m not familiar with the water fulvic product discussed below but this one works quite well.

  • ghc_health

    Thanks for sharing!
    -Dr. Edward Group

  • Griffin

    its called BLK. I found in on a grocery store self in Montana. The fulvic traced minerals infused turns the water black but has no taste.

  • chad

    I tried the BLK water, obviously no effect from 1 bottle but I agree it had no taste.

  • -G-

    make sure to take the fulvic acid with NON-chlorinated water (as chlorine reacts with organic materials).

    and also don’t take it within 1 hour of taking prescription medication as it will amplify the effects, which could be dangerous (it would be like taking MORE of the medication).

    Fulvic is one of the BEST things you can do for your health.

  • -G-

    and make sure not to take it at night, as the B vitamins may give you trouble getting to sleep ( fulvic is an amazing energy booster)

  • Brigitte

    I read somewhere that fulvic acid is very good for people with enlarged thyroid? Problem is, I can’t get it here in Holland. Have asked around (in health stores) and nobody has heard of it.

  • ghc_health

    Can you order it from another country?

  • marcscohen

    How well does it work for a person with stage IV Lung Cancer Non Small Cell

  • ghc_health

    I guess it depends on what you’re hoping it will do.

  • Claire

    Hello GLC,
    I am lucky enough to be able to grow my own food and live in rural France and know no one has added nasties to the soil in my garden. I would like to know how I can augment the fulvic acid in my garden soil, so that the good stuff I harvest can be even better.
    What about compost? I add shop-bought fruit and veg peelings to it, and are these now just adding nasty stuff to my soil and depleting the fulvic acid content?
    Also what foods are high in fulvic acid?
    Looking forward to your thoughts on this.
    Thanks, Claire

  • ghc_health

    Hi Claire, thanks for reading. I would recommend checking out this discussion thread in the GardenWeb forum. I think it’ll provide some of the information you’re looking for.

  • Chris

    Fulvic Acid is among one of the most interesting supplements, however most of the companies don’t even offer the amount needed per serving if looking for considerable benefits.

    “The Gift” from mother Earth seems to be the best one I’ve found, but pretty pricey. Always get Fulvic in glass bottle as it Chelates plastic and toxins accumulate… same goes for any minerals too, really.

  • KateB

    I’ve read of one former VP of a Rx Company who now promotes fulvic minerals and credits their use to her no longer having cancer. If I find the link to her website, I’ll share it, if that is permitted.

  • Leandrie

    Hi, we produce Fulvic Water (TRACE) at our factory , called Just Water in South Africa, it really is an amazing supplement and do wonders to your body!

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  • SirGalahadT

    Thanks – very interesting

  • David Quintero

    Hi Claire! Checking out you’re question and just thought I’d suggest looking at humic harvest for adding fulvic to your crops. Also there brother company optimally organics offer super concentrated fulvic acid and many other great health supplements. Blessings!





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