What Are The Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid?

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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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]

Sources of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid occurs naturally in humus, composting plant material used by nature as a way to retain moisture for the soil. For this reason, it is often called humic acid. Foods don’t provide a significant source of fulvic acid, making it an important supplement you may want to include in your daily routine. Some supplements, like Floratrex™, include fulvic acid in an effort to help individuals receive enough through their diet.

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.

References (6)
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  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.
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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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  • Jeff

    Got a bottle of fluvial minerals from my doctor, then I noticed some of the minerals listed on the bottle are actually heavy metals.

  • Adam DB

    Hey, I just found out about Fulvic Acid from an article in The New Agora.

    I have Type 1 Diabetes and have great control over it with diet and Alpha Lipoic Acid + Curcumin + Fish Oil. Was thinking about taking this as well for glycemic control, but more specifically my asthma. I have mild asthma, but not enough control of it as I would like.

    Does anyone have comments about the effects they have experienced with their asthma? Any negative side effects?

  • PTD

    you can try the FulHum, they have both Humic and Fulvic in their water. No smell, taste or sugar.

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  • Francesca

    I was looking for some soil amendment to help me garden during this horrible drought in California. Search turned up Fulvic acid for my soil and there was also a supplement advertised. I decided to try taking a water extracted humid acid/fulvic acid supplement. I didn’t really read much about what it’s benefits were supposed to be. I noticed a decrease in my chronic depression, and a generally better attitude towards my life and health. Wondering if I might be imagining the benefit, I decided to read more about it. I am pleasantly surprised to discover that I may have intuitively selected just the thing to help,me feel better. FT

  • Misty

    It’s Blk. Water.. I’ve just started drinking it 100% to see how I start feeling. I have chronic pain and inflammation. 🙁 you can buy it online as well as organic/health food stores.

  • Alayna Michelle

    Misty, you may want to consider also supplementing with Diatomaceous Earth (food grade). I’ve heard and read great things about it and have just started taking it myself with high hopes for my chronic pain and inflammation. One other note, I can tell you for sure that sugar aggravates pain, by making the body acidic and when the body is acidic, it hurts.

  • theres no established Daily Value for Fulvic Acid yet, or Probiotics. Is that cuz Fulvic Acid is Probiotic?

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  • Tracey

    Hi! I began taking fulvic/humic minerals from Morningstar Minerals a few months ago. They have several products. The one I take is the Inner Vitality. I definitely see a dramatic difference with no more problem with hair loss as well as increased energy and libido. I drink it as a shot instead of mixed with water. Do you know anything about this company? I ask because I also have another product of theirs, Energy Boost 70, which is only Fulvic, but the mineral list, amino acid list, and vitamin list are the same. Odd enough, I get more energy from the Inner Vitality blend than the Energy Boost 70.

  • So many health benefits of fulvic acid that you can’t NOT include this in your daily supplement. Thanks GHC for this post.

  • Maria Halvari

    I have read a lot about fulvic acid and it’s benefits but there is one thing that I can’t get clear of… some fulvic acid products contain cadmium, arsenic etc. and those sellers defend them selves saying that organic heavy metals are not toxic in contrary necessary for organism. Then there are other sellers saying that their product is pure from heavy metals beware of others product that are not…
    So please let me know if you have some solid information to clear this thing up. I was also wondering if the heavy metals found in vegetables are organic or inorganic?

  • Helena

    INTRAMIN which contains FULVIC ACID and which i get here at global healing is miraculous – and i use that word seldom! it is a literal “shot in the arm.” i cannot emphasize enough the need for minerals in the healing and repair process – no matter what one’s ailments are.

    i have been repairing my lungs for the past 5 years with alternative remedies (from years of smoking abuse) – AND IT WORKS.

    i actually came across this product INTRAMIN 5 years ago when researching. alas – i waited all this time to give the minerals a try. what a mistake!

    THE huge leap forward with not only lung repair but general body repair from the damage caused to everything from diminished lung function – has been fast and amazing.

    within HOURS of taking INTRAMIN – i feel a remarkable difference. i was taking anywhere between 14 and 17 different herbs, vits and enzymes a day. now i am down to the basics (vits a,b,c,d,e, iodine and minerals) and am nearly off the albuterol altogether.

    but no matter what ails you – i STRONGLY suggest using this INTRAMIN product. you will be pleasantly surprised at how much your body really REALLY needs its minerals to restore it to full health and function optimally~

    the basic for me are:

    1. global healing’s nascent iodine DETOXIDINE 3 drops 2 x day
    2. global healing’s INTRAMIN 2 tablespoons 1 x day
    3. cold water arctic COD LIVER OIL for vits A & D 2,200mg 2 x day
    4. garden of life extra 5,000 units of VIT D 2 x day
    5. VIT B 100 and C combo 2 x day
    6. extra 1,000mg VIT C 2 x day
    7. garden of life VIT E 2 x day

  • Gordon Bell

    My question involves marketing that I wish I could ask Dr.Group. I have been considering adding turmeric to my daily regime and I’m very unsure which product to try …the 1st is a capsule with high contents of various added elements such as ginger.and black pepper. The 2nd is a liiquid product that also has the wonderful fulviic acid and of course the 3rd is yours. (I recently saw Dr. Group speak, which resulted in my discovery of Oxy Powder. I have been taking it for 3 weeks today and am VERY pleased, so my loyalty is naturally to buy your product) …yet, at the same time I am wondering if I might derive even more benefits from taking the combined turmeric/ fulvic acid liquid product? I understand the absorbtion benefits of taking a liquid over a powder. I apologize for asking such a potentially sensitive question, but I am simply and honestly confused.

  • Hey Gordon, it’s sort of like asking which is the best type of ice cream — different people have different opinions. Black pepper can help the absorbability of turmeric, fulvic acid can offer similar benefits, and Global Healing Center’s turmeric extract is pure and organic. Company loyalty aside, there’s probably good argument for any of them. Not being familiar with the other products, it’s hard to offer much insight, but we have received great feedback:


  • Mi

    I have had “The Gift” which is a form of Fulvic Acid sitting in my cupboard for about 2 years.. I was always told that any organic herbs and medicine does not expire even if there is mold, that the mold can just be taken off…. Is this the same for Fulvic Acid? I’m not seeing any mold, however, I have had it for a couple of years..

  • Mi

    I have had “The Gift” which is a form of Fulvic Acid sitting in my cupboard for about 2 years.. I was always told that any organic herbs and medicine does not expire even if there is mold, that the mold can just be taken off…. Is this the same for Fulvic Acid? I’m not seeing any mold , but I’m not sure if it’s safe or not to consume..

  • weezerlain

    Thanks, I just started it, and had been taking it with my morning meds, lol! I will change the timeframe.

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