(Health Secrets Newsletter) Fulvic acid (actually a group of various acids, not one specific acid) is a lower molecular weight member of the humic acid family. These acids are complex mixtures that can bind with minerals found in the environment resulting in ionic and colloidal minerals. Fulvic acid is produced by bacteria living symbiotically on the roots of all plants. It dissolves minerals out of rocks and soil, binds them and transports them into the plant and human cells. Just one fluvic acid molecule is capable of transporting 60 trace elements into a cell! Minerals chelated in this fashion are in the ideal form for our bodies to absorb and utilize. Fulvic acid also transports vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients into cells. It is truly essential to optimal nutrition and health.
Most agriculture today is happy to sacrifice quality for quantity. Crops are grown in soils depleted of minerals and other nutrients and fertilized extensively with chemical compounds designed to promote growth, not nutrition. No matter how much fulvic acid a plant churns out, there are often insufficient minerals available for uptake into the plant’s cells. Besides depleting soil of minerals, these fertilizers contain large amounts of phosphates which destroy the microbes producing fulvic acid. When we eat conventionally grown crops, we are no longer getting the minerals necessary for optimal health. More than 60 human disease states exist now that are the result of mineral deficiency.
The practices of organic farming, from rotating crops to the use of natural fertilizers, are slowly restoring the soil being farmed. This is one reason study after study is proving that organic vegetables are more nutritious than conventionally grown vegetables.
Fulvic acid has multiple properties:
- Chelating and transporting nutrients: As mentioned above, fulvic acid chelates then transports minerals into cells of both plants and animals. It is also necessary for the transport of vitamins and other nutrients into cells.
- Functions as an electrolyte: Fluvic acid increases the permeability of cell membranes and enhances RNA and DNA metabolism. It can restore chemical balance to cells, reviving even dying cells in both plants and animals.
- Improves enzyme reactions: This increased enzymatic activity is essential to restoring and maintaining health. Enzymes speed up or cause a chemical reaction to occur. All metabolic processes in the body are dependent on enzymes, from digestion of the food we eat, to the burning of glucose for energy by the cells.
- Functions as an antioxidant: Free radicals are highly reactive molecules and are produced as oxygen interacts with cells. Although these reactions are necessary to life, a tiny percentage results in charged electrical particles being loosed. These roam the body looking for something to bind to. As they bind to various tissues in the body, they damage these tissues. They don’t just cause the death of a cell but are capable of actually damaging the DNA within the cell. This can result in a cell which is both abnormal and growing abnormally fast, creating the seed for disease. Most antioxidants scavenge just certain kinds of free radicals. Fulvic acid appears to be able to neutralize all free radicals.
- Detoxification: Fulvic acid binds with toxic metals and remove them from the body. In nature, fulvic acid is essential to the binding and breakdown of toxic pesticides.
- Antiviral properties: In 2002, a study conducted at the National Institute of Health concluded that humic acids had both a preventative and curative effect against a broad range of viruses. Humic acids coat the virus preventing it from entering a cell and at the same time, send out a signal alerting the immune system that an invader is present.
Because mineral deficiency is so widespread, with some estimates placing 90% of the population at risk, some scientists have started advising that fulvic acid be taken as a supplement. It is important that the supplement be in the form of free form fulvic acid, that it specifies low molecular weight, and that it be free of heavy metals. The company selling it should be willing to verify the mineral content of their product, where it comes from, amino acid content, electrical conductivity (verifies electrolyte potency) and the oxygen/hydrogen/nitrogen content (shows antioxidant potential).