Fulvic Acid – The Lowdown
25th October 2021. Written by Emily Birch for VitalOrganico
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So, you’ve heard about fulvic acid, the new nutraceutical kid on the block and you want to know more about it?
The first thing you should probably know is that whilst it may seem new to the nutritional world, this powerful supplement is actually very, very old. So old in fact, that it’s been around for as long as plants and soil have!
Fulvic acid has actually been well understood and utilised in Ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine) for more than 3,000 years. Ancient texts noted that a medicinal substance called Shilajit, a tar-like exudate from the Himalayas containing around 20% fulvic acid, could be used as an immune modulator, a diuretic, could help to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels and could also be used topically as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. In Ayurvedic medicine today, Shilajit, and the fulvic acid within it, remains widely known and trusted as a potent and very safe dietary supplement, with the ability to restore energetic balance and prevent several diseases.
What is fulvic acid?
Fulvic acid is a completely natural substance which is found in soil, peat, streams and lakes. Formed by millions of beneficial microbes as they organically break down decaying plants, fulvic acid is found in the humus, which is the highly nutritious layer of earth that feeds existing plants, ensuring that they grow strong and healthy. Humus is like compost; a great natural fertiliser, full of minerals and nutritionally dense. And just as the minerals within it are required for optimum plant health, they’re also required for optimum human health.
Fulvic acid contains more than 70+ bioavailable minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, amino acids and electrolytes. It is soluble in water under different pH conditions, is well absorbed in the intestinal tract and is eliminated within hours from the body.
In the years gone by, we consumed optimum levels of fulvic acid without even realising it, and without the need for additional supplementation. It was present in the fresh fruits and vegetables that we consumed regularly. Sadly, modern farming methods and industrial agriculture mean that this is no longer possible, as by placing maximum crop yield above maximum nutrient yield over many decades, we’ve almost depleted our soils of their nutrients. In turn, we’ve depleted our foods and our bodies of many of the very substances that we need in order to thrive.
Did you know that it’s estimated that you would have to eat more than 36 apples today, to get the same amount of iron as one apple supplied in the 1950s? At the same time, the standard western diet is moving further and further away from the consumption of fresh whole food produce, lowering daily mineral consumption still further.
It comes as no surprise that mineral depletion in our food supply is directly related to mineral deficiency diseases. Indeed, Linus Pauling, Biochemist and two-time Nobel Prize winner once said "You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency."
So, what does fulvic acid do?
Quality is important
It’s important to note that the quality and mineral content of fulvic acid can change with the geographic location from which it was sourced. At VitalOrganico we only source the highest quality, pure fulvic acid and are very careful to ensure that it contains no nasties or unnecessary added extras.
When introducing fulvic acid to your diet, it’s a good idea to start slowly and not exceed the dosage listed on the packaging, as you may experience some symptoms of detoxification at first.
As fulvic acid has shown some potential to increase absorption of certain medications, we also recommend letting your Doctor know if you intend to supplement with fulvic acid.
VitalOrganico is the official distributor for Ireland and Northern Ireland of Mother Earth Fulvic Acid