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Fulvic Acid is one of the primary active components in Shilajit that works to fully unlock all of it’s amazing health benefits. To understand the beauty of Shilajit, it’s crucial to take a look at what Fulvic Acid is and how Fulvic Acid benefits us.

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What Is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is actually an umbrella term used to talk about a group of natural acids that are found alongside humic acids in healthy soils, rocks, coal and large bodies of water. In it’s extracted form, Fulvic acid can be either a liquid or a powder and it is often yellow, amber, brown or black in colour. These organic acids are the end result of millions of years of decomposing plant matter and are essentially by-products of the trillions of bacteria that inhabit the soil. The microscopic hairs on plant roots are the favored home to these bacteria, producing Fulvic Acid and other compounds which act as the bridge between organic lifeforms and inorganic trace minerals and metals. Scientists have found it impossible to synthesize Fulvic Acids in a laboratory due to their complex nature. With names like “10H-pyrano(4,3-b)(1)benzopyran-9-carboxylic acid” who can blame them? This is because Fulvic Acid is composed of a series of ionic trace mineral bonds and tends to change its structure and function depending on what elements it’s exposed to. Only nature could produce such complicated substances!

Fulvic Acid Benefits All Lifeforms on Earth, Including Us!

We all need essential nutrients to thrive. The simplest way for us to obtain them is by consuming natural, plant-based foods, which contain an abundance of vitamins, trace minerals and more. Doing that alone is not enough however! The most challenging part of optimizing our nutrition is delivery into the cells. All nutrients have to bypass our immune system and get through cellular membranes, or they will not be absorbed at all. From plant to animal life, Fulvic Acid plays an extensive role in transporting nutrients in and out of cells, chelating pollutants, “digesting” inorganic compounds and balancing cellular electrolytes. As mentioned above, it acts as a go-between by converting inorganic substances into their organic bioavailable forms. Fulvic Acid can do this because it has a high affinity for ionic particles, forming complex ionic trace mineral bonds between them. One molecule of Fulvic Acid is capable of holding up to 60 other ionic particles or trace minerals! Inside the human body, this translates to significantly improved absorption of trace minerals and other essential nutrients. Apart from this, Fulvic Acid also alters a cells membrane, making it more permeable and allowing more nutrients to pass through. This affinity for trace minerals also works for chelating toxic metals inside cells, as well as in soils, plants and water. Another health feature that makes Fulvic Acid so beneficial is that it is the most powerful natural electrolyte. Electrolytes are needed for the maintenance of good health in any organic body. They restore each individual cell to its chemical balance, effectively lengthening the cell’s lifespan. When this electrochemical potential is exhausted, the cell dies.

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A Brief History of Fulvic Acid in Medicine

Dating far back through history, peloids such as peat, Shilajit and nutritious soils were used to treat wounds and heal all sorts of conditions, as it was believed they had medicinal effects. These ancient soils were a rich source of Fulvic Acid, which is likely to be one of the reasons our predecessors benefited from them. Shilajit is the oldest documented remedy that contains Fulvic Acid, with an impressive track record dating back more than 3000 years. Ayurvedic practitioners still use it today to treat every kind of condition from diabetes to asthma. The Chinese were among some of the first to have recorded using peat on open wounds medicinally from the 15th century, followed by the Europeans who favored mud baths as a treatment for arthritis. Today mud baths are still used in Spa's as a part of balneotherapy to rejuvenate the body. Hospitals and combat medics during WW1 used processed peat to treat open flesh wounds on the battlefield. This practice lost popularity through advances in medicine, until just recently. Scientists are now beginning to come full circle after doing more research on Fulvic Acid. A few of these research papers show promising results that suggest Fulvic Acid 15 and Soil-Based Organisms 16 may help to reduce infections, alleviate pain and speed up wound healing. Presently, Fulvic Acid is used mainly in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor medications. Anecdotal reports and new frontiers of research show that a Fulvic Acid supplement may hold promising results for those with arthritis, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and skin conditions. In spite of this medical history, there is inconclusive evidence to confirm that Shilajit or Fulvic Acid will help to cure or treat any medical conditions. There is, however, a growing body of scientific evidence that is supporting this history, which is opening the gates toward further discussion, new research and perhaps a brighter future!

9 Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is a universal substance that appears to have multiple therapeutic effects. According to ongoing research, the list of benefits to explore is increasing nearly every day! Here are nine possible reasons why both Fulvic Acid and Shilajit are beneficial for your health.

1. IMPROVES GUT HEALTH & AIDS METABOLISM

One of the best benefits of Fulvic Acid include improving gut health as well as boosting metabolism. Since Fulvic Acid has a very small molecular weight and size, it can easily penetrate cellular membranes and deliver nutrients directly to where they need to go. It does more than this however, as it acts to enhance the permeability of cell walls, allowing for larger particles to be absorbed too! This aids greatly with the assimilation of nutrients and helps to equip cells with all they require to create the enzymes needed during digestion. Another Fulvic Acid benefit that promotes metabolism is that it creates an optimal environment for probiotic bacteria to flourish. What many do not realise about the bacteria in our gut is that they act like our very own microscopic laboratories, synthesizing all sorts of compounds our bodies need. They produce many vital nutrients by feeding off what we eat, making everything from fatty acids to neurotransmitters like Serotonin 5! In fact, scientists are starting to think that more neurotransmitters are made in our guts than in our brains and that lacking a healthy microbiome could be detrimental to many aspects of our well-being. If one ingests Fulvic Acid with trace minerals, as found in Shilajit, then one supplies their gut bacteria not only with the perfect pH to live in but also a wealth of nutrients to feed from. Fulvic Acid has also been shown to speed up the metabolism of both proteins and carbohydrates, which are less easily digestible than fats.

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2. REMOVES POLLUTANTS & TOXINS

This amazing substance works to remove toxins, heavy metals and many other pollutants (such as pesticides 6) from any environment it is present in. This includes water, soil and all the cells in our body! Numerous studies have been published on how Fulvic Acid chelates heavy metals like Mercury 7. One study revealed that those who suffered from heavy metal toxicity (namely workers exposed in factories) benefited immensely by supplementing with Shilajit or Fulvic Acid on a daily basis 8. Toxins within the body are not limited to heavy metals however – free radicals also count. When inside a cell, Fulvic Acid selectively absorbs and chelates free radicals, as well as any other harmful ionic particles. The Fulvic Acid then acts to break these compounds down into useful components for the cell or simply eliminates them entirely. While the process is much slower than other chelations, Fulvic Acid even tackles radioactive particles! 9 Yet don’t get too excited, as the rate at which Fulvic Acid chelates radioactive ions is not fast enough to be trigger-happy about nuclear waste. Although, when considering this fact together with a few studies that report finding radiation-protective properties in Fulvic Acids, it suggests that it may yield promising results for those who suffer from radiation-related illnesses.

3. MAY REDUCE INFLAMMATION

There are numerous benefits of Fulvic Acid which imply that it may help to alleviate inflammation. In preliminary research, it was shown that Fulvic Acid works directly with our immune system to reduce the release of inflammatory compounds like cytokines and interleukins. Research has suggested that it is also likely to correct imbalances in the mitochondria due to its ability to penetrate into the cell, deliver nutrients and chelate toxins. When our mitochondria are functioning optimally, they begin to generate antioxidant compounds such as SOD (superperoxide dismutase) and Glutathione. Antioxidants protect us from the damages of free radicals, which ultimately cause the release of inflammation in the body. Moreover, Fulvic Acid speeds up the absorption of Vitamins and trace minerals, which are needed to keep our immune system (and inflammation) in check. Shilajit Fulvic Acid has the added benefit of containing a wealth of trace minerals, such as Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and more. While inconclusive, there is also a growing body of research showing a link between reducing inflammation in the body and having less pain, stress, or risk of chronic lifestyle diseases.

4. SPEEDS UP RECOVERY TIME

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From multiple different angles, Fulvic Acid has shown promise in speeding up recovery time after surgery, injury and intensive exercise. In one very interesting case study, surgeons at the University Hospital of Freiburg, Germany, were required to administer bone transplants to patients. The only problem was that there was a shortage of healthy bone tissue and so they resorted to using cattle bones instead. The human body naturally cannot readily absorb calcium from animal bones or interact with these tissues whatsoever. This is where Fulvic Acid came to the rescue! After treating animal bones with Fulvic Acid, they were inserted into the patients. The cattle bones were easily absorbed by the patient’s bodies and normal bone tissue growth was accelerated, leading to full recovery 10. Shilajit Fulvic Acid is noted by some to be a great post-workout recovery aid. After a few months of using it, many have anecdotally testified that it completely takes away painful lactic acid syndrome. This is where too much lactic acid builds up in the muscles after intense exercising. Fulvic Acid will also replenish electrolytes and rehydrate you, which is ideal after breaking a sweat! In those with severe brain injuries, Shilajit and Fulvic Acid may possibly be useful for recovery. Several studies have been carried out on rats who have suffered severe brain injuries. Shilajit helped to decrease the damage, brain swelling and protected against blood brain barrier disruption 11. More trials would need to be carried out to assess whether the same is true for humans.

5. MAY IMPROVE SKIN CONDITIONS AND PROMOTE RADIANT SKIN

Aside from research indicating that it may induce improved wound healing, less inflammation, reduced infections and better pain tolerance, preliminary research has began to suggest that it may improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. In a clinical trial involving 36 participants with chronic eczema, Fulvic Acid worked much better than both placebo and traditional pharmaceutical medications. According to these findings, it was able to reduce overall severity, inflammation and burning sensations 17. Although promising for the future of skin health, further trials are required before one can make any definitive conclusions. In terms of anti-aging properties and skincare, Fulvic Acid has been shown in a test-tube study to permeate through all levels of the skin, tighten it and help tone skin muscles by inducing more muscle contractions 18. This would not only help to fight off wrinkles, but - when combined with Fulvic Acids unique properties - would keep our skin in good condition by removing toxins and free radicals, as well as helping to retain moisture, protect against further damage and replenish the nutrients our skin needs to be radiant! Last, but not least, Fulvic Acid has been proven to prevent the breakdown and glycation of collagen in mice 19! Just like us, mice need collagen to keep their skin in good shape, along with many other organs such as the kidneys. It is also a well known fact that collagen breakdown increases with age, and when combined with glycation, the result is usually paired with an increase in age-related diseases 20. However, more research is still required to assess whether Fulvic Acid would help prevent this from occurring in our bodies too.

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6. MAY PREVENT GROWTH AND SPREAD OF TUMORS

In one study done on colorectal tumors, it was observed that Fulvic Acid prevented them from attaching to cell walls within the body 12. The study also revealed that Fulvic Acid attenuated the effects of the NF-kB pathway inside the tumors. This may prove out in the future to be a truly exciting discovery, as NF-kB is a protein complex that is responsible for DNA transcription and the lifespan of a cell. Cancer cells historically are known to have problems in this pathway, which allows them to grow continuously until they become tumors. In simpler terms, preliminary research suggests that Fulvic Acid may aid in the prevention of tumor growth and may ultimately lead to destroying them entirely by allowing for them to die off naturally like ordinary cells! Later research done in 2017 has added to this body of evidence, suggesting the same to be true of Fulvic Acid's interaction with prostate, colon and liver tumors 21. IMPORTANT: Fulvic Acid should not replace any treatment protocol given to you by your doctor and caution is advised to any patients contemplating its use. While all the above information may seem like light at the end of the tunnel for some, it is not enough evidence to draw conclusions about how Fulvic Acid will interact with tumors in every case. Rather, this small amount of research is suggesting that Fulvic minerals may be a good nutritional supplement option for those with tumors, as it does not appear to cause more damage at this point. None of this information has been verified by the FDA.

7. BOOSTS ENERGY LEVELS

Fulvic Acid is able to boost energy levels in multiple ways, all of which involve the mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny cellular “organs” (organelles) which are inside many of our cells; particularly within cells found in the nervous system, muscle tissue, the heart, brain and gut. These microscopic organelles take oxygen and other nutrients, producing energy from the electrons that these substances carry. The energy is stored in the form of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which the body breaks down and uses to finance every single thing it does, from blinking to digestion. Fulvic Acid – when ingested in the form of Shilajit – was found to deliver more of these nutrients to the mitochondria, as well as increasing the uptake of oxygen. Furthermore, Fulvic Acid facilitates electrolyte balance in cells, which speeds the flow of electrons that the mitochondria use when creating energy 13. In other words, Fulvic Acid encourages the body to produce larger amounts of energy at a much faster rate than normal!

8. POSSIBLY INCREASES LONGEVITY

New models of aging are being considered by researchers world-wide and one of them, once again, relates back to the mitochondria 14. The mitochondria regulate our body’s stress response, our immune system, as well as the lifespan of each of our cells. We need our mitochondria for energy and so that our bodies can manufacture their own antioxidants, which are two important factors that are compromised in the elderly. As explained above, Fulvic Acid plays an intimate role in protecting our mitochondria from damage, supplying them with the nutrients they need as well as heightening their capacity for creating energy. The fact that Fulvic Acid keeps our mitochondria functioning better for longer suggests that all our cells would live for longer, which would automatically ensure that we do too. However, don’t get too excited! Even though we know that Fulvic Acid helps the mitochondria to function, no precise scientific trials have been carried out to confirm yet that it would directly increase our lifespan.

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9. MAY BE OF USE FOR THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Another recent and exciting discovery of Fulvic Acid is that it may be able to aid those with Alzheimer's Disease. The underlying cause of Alzheimer's Disease is the malfunction of proteins, which cause neurons to tangle up, die and essentially 'crust over' (also called protein aggregation). These tangles (known as neurofibrillary tangles) block other neurons from making connections, resulting in memory loss, dementia, confusion and other classic Alzheimer symptoms. One of the main proteins involved in keeping our neurons healthy is known as Tau Protein. When it malfunctions, it tangles up in this manner, aggregating and forming a blockage in the neural connections of the brain. In one trial so far, Fulvic Acid managed to inhibit this aggregation as well as unwind these neurofibrillary tangles, shortening their length and disassembling them entirely 22! While this research is still in its infancy, these results may be promising indications of Fulvic Acids ability to improve cognition, memory and neurodegenerative diseases, suggesting a brighter future for mankind.

Creepy Fact: Nobody Truly Knows How Fulvic Acid Does It

How Much Fulvic Acid Do We Need?

There is no set daily amount for Fulvic Acid for two reasons: we should be getting it in more than adequate quantities from organic plant-based foods and we only need it in miniscule amounts to maintain balance. Since our soils do not contain enough Fulvic Acid anymore, it is important to consider a fulvic acid supplement. The amount one should take also depends on the state of health one is in and it is best to consult with a healthcare professional if considering to take pure Fulvic Acid. Taking pure Fulvic Acid may be harmful, as not all extraction processes or sources of Fulvic Acid are healthy and taking it directly also makes it very easy to overdose. It has also not been approved by the FDA at this point and so caution is advised. For example, in those who suffer from heavy metal poisoning, 20ml a day was a sufficient dose to alleviate their symptoms. This equates to about 1.5 tablespoons of Fulvic Acid a day for those who have severe toxicity. It is best to opt for far less, especially seeing as you would not need nearly as much if you were getting Fulvic Acid from the foods you eat. The safest route to take is opting for a fulvic supplement that already contains the right balance of it from nature, like Shilajit. One only needs to take 100-150mg per day of Shilajit, which takes care of all our Fulvic Acid requirements while simultaneously adding a wealth of essential nutrients back into our diets!

FULVIC ACID SIDE EFFECTS

Fulvic Acid side effects (if taken in large enough amounts) include symptoms of allergy, such as nausea, dizziness, increased heart rate, itchiness, etc. These symptoms occur as a result of the detox induced by Fulvic Acid and are only generally noticeable when it's taken in large amounts. If taken in small, balanced amounts such as found in Shilajit, these problems should not occur. Chronic use of Fulvic Acid without taking breaks can also cause Vitamin B3 deficiency 4.

FULVIC ACID CONTRAINDICATIONS

A Fulvic Acid supplement should not be taken together with pharmaceuticals, alcohol or other natural substances with potent medicinal effects, such as licorice root powder or strong herbal teas. Pregnant women should err on the side of caution and avoid using Fulvic Acid supplements. It's best to give yourself a 2 hour gap between Fulvic Acid and these substances as Fulvic Acid will enhance their absorption directly into the cells, which can cause unwanted side effects. You should also avoid using ordinary tap water when taking Fulvic Acid as it will dangerously react with halogens 23, such as chlorine. Rather opt for reverse osmosis water which will not react with Fulvic Acid.

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  • 1.

    Is it safe to take Fulvic Acid?

     

    Fulvic Acid is entirely safe to take as a nutritional supplement, provided you start off in small doses and adhere to the guidelines stated in the section above. We need Fulvic Acid to absorb nutrients and achieve optimal health. As it is now lacking from the majority of our food supply, it is more important to make sure we get an adequate amount in our diet.

    Fulvic Acid may not be used to treat, prevent or cure chronic disease, as it is not classified as a medical drug, nor is it FDA approved.

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    Can my pets benefit from Fulvic Acid?

     

    People have reported having success when administering Fulvic Acid supplements to their cats and dogs, in very small amounts. Remember not to give Fulvic Acid to your pets if they are on any medications and to discuss this approach first with your local veterinarian. It should not be given to birds and fish as they are far too sensitive.

    It is also best to calculate the dose according to body weight. Divide your dose of Fulvic Acid by your body weight and multiply that by the weight of your pet.

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  • 3.

    What is the best Fulvic Acid supplement?

     

    As mentioned above, Shilajit is the best Fulvic Acid supplement because it contains Fulvic Acid in natural amounts, making it the safest and most effective option.

    Above that, Shilajit also contains a wealth of ionic trace minerals and many other incredible nutrients such as Carbon-60, Dibenzo-Alpha-Pyrones, plant polyphenols and more! When Fulvic Acid is paired in a natural, wholesome way with minerals, it will be able to quickly re-mineralize your body and improve your health.

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    Is Fulvic Acid good for plants?

     

    Fulvic Acid is very good for plants. Without Fulvic Acid, plants would not be able to absorb nutrients at all.

    Once again, be careful how much Fulvic Acid you give the garden as too much can cause an overload of soil bacteria and nutrients, which may burn the roots of your plants. Water down a few drops of either Fulvic Acid or Shilajit dissolved in water by at least an additional gallon or two and moderate from there.

    Also space it out - your plants do not need to have this nutrient all the time as it will promote soil bacteria, which creates more Humic and Fulvic Acid in the soil itself, provided the soil is moist and well fed with nutrients.

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    What is the difference between Humic and Fulvic Acid?

     

    Fulvic Acid comprises of smaller particles than Humic Acid, allowing it to pass through cellular membranes and transport nutrients with far more ease. It is also able to bond to and chelate inorganic minerals into organic ionic minerals, where Humic Acid is not.

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    What's the difference between agricultural Fulvic powder and the one for human consumption?

     

    As with most products, Fulvic Acid for human consumption is usually purer than that used for farming purposes. Do not use agricultural Fulvic powder as a nutritional supplement!

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    Is Folic Acid the same as Fulvic Acid?

     

    Folic Acid is another name for Vitamin B9, which is completely different to Fulvic Acid, yet also a crucial part of your diet.

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    Can Fulvic Acid be used to treat Diabetes?

     

    While there is no direct research testing whether Fulvic Acid itself can treat Type 2 Diabetes, there is a lot of research that suggests it may have beneficial effects.

    In Diabetics, pancreatic beta cells tend to suffer from excessive amounts of inflammation and free radical damage, which contributes to their malfunction, a lack of insulin production and heightened insulin sensitivity24.

    Fulvic Acid may be capable of reducing this inflammation, possibly protecting against the damage and supplying all the nutrients these cells need to repair themselves with - especially when taken as part of a mineral complex like Shilajit.

    Shilajit itself, which contains balanced quantities of Fulvic Acid, has been shown in preliminary research to lower blood sugar levels and increase the amount of protective antioxidants in the pancreas, like SOD.

    IMPORTANT: More research needs to be carried out before anyone can claim that Fulvic Acid can treat diabetes. Any research mentioned in this article is inconclusive and is not intended to promote Fulvic Acid use over any Diabetic medication or medical protocols. If you have Diabetes, consult with your doctor before considering a Fulvic Acid supplement.

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  • 9.

    Does Fulvic Acid help hair regrowth?

     

    Fulvic Acid helps improve gut health by allowing probiotic bacteria to thrive. Probiotics in turn have been linked to better hair growth and improved hair and skin health in general.

    Recently, it has also been shown that free radical damage is linked to hair loss. Due to Fulvic Acid's excellent free radical scavenging and antioxidant ability, it may protect against hair loss and help the body to repair hair follicles if taken with the right nutrients (like biotin).

    This research is not enough evidence to prove it would regrow hair with certainty, however it may be worth ruling out nutritional deficiency as the cause of your hair loss by taking a Fulvic mineral supplement.

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  • 10.

    Can I make Fulvic Acid at home?

     

    Technically you can, but it is not advised to use it internally as a medicine.

    Every time plant matter is left to decay in moist, dark conditions, it will form tiny amounts of Fulvic Acid with lots of Humic Acids.

    If you've ever had a compost heap and notice it begins to turn brown and eventually black, then you will be looking at a mix of all these different acids and more. These acids plus the resulting nutrients are essentially what makes compost valuable for your plants and the soil.

    If you attempt to make Fulvic Acid in this manner, you will most certainly be left with something full of other contaminants that would be dangerous to ingest, but would be fantastic for the garden.

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    Does all Shilajit contain Fulvic Acid?

     

    If the Shilajit has been purified without too much heating or exposure to oxygen, then it will contain 5-8% Fulvic Acid on average.

    Anything higher than this generally means that extra Fulvic Acid was added in. This is not as beneficial as taking it in the amounts found in Shilajit, as these natural quantities are perfectly balanced and better tolerated.

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