Fulvic Acid: Miracle Molecule20.09.2012
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Fulvic acid (not to be confused with folic acid) is rapidly being recognized as one of the key elements in many outstanding health and scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century. Scientists and doctors throughout the world are beginning to discover fulvic acid and are starting to recognize its extraordinary potential. At Vital-Earth Minerals, we have no doubt that this interest will increase dramatically as ongoing findings are released to the world, and as word-of-mouth spreads the amazing news about this phenomenal element.
Fulvic acid has always occurred naturally in organic plants and soils, yet its recent discovery and tremendous value is now just beginning to be recognized. It can balance and energize cell life and biological properties it comes into contact with. (1.) If the individual cell is restored to its normal chemical balance and electrical potential, we have given cells life where death and disintegration would normally occur. (2.) Doctors have known for years that everyone needs at least 90 nutrients to maintain optimum health. These nutrients include a minimum of 59 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 3 essential fatty acids. But eating good tasting food and swallowing a lot of vitamin pills does not guarantee absorption or utilization of these vital nutrients. When the body does not absorb nutrients the door is open for disease. Scientists have found that fulvic acid is the element that makes nutrients absorbable, which gives it the ability to make a dramatic impact on all kinds of diseases and health problems that afflict us today. They call it the elixir of life and theorize that without it, nothing would live.
Fulvic acid is being called Nature's Miracle Molecule, because it does so many things... it wears so many hats. Reported claims of benefits are a little short of astonishing. For internal use they are:
- Increased energy
- It's a ferocious antioxidant and free radical scavenger
- Chelates heavy metals and body toxins, removing them from the system
- Transports nutrients into the cells
- Extends the time nutrients remain active - potentiates the availability of essential nutrients
- Increases metabolism of proteins, contributing to DNA and RNA synthesis
- It's a powerful natural electrolyte
- Restores electrochemical balance
- Increases activity of a host of enzyme systems
- Helps rebuild the immune system
- Increases bioavailability of nutrients and minerals
Reported beneficial claims for external use:
- Treating open wounds, cuts and abrasions
- Healing burns with minimum pain or scarring
- Eliminating discoloration due to skin bruises
- Killing pathogens responsible for athletes foot
- Acting as a wide spectrum antimicrobial and fungicide
- Treating rashes, skin irritations, insect and spider bites
- Neutralizing poison ivy and poison oak
The agricultural benefits of fulvic acid have enormous potential to heal soils of the world and to neutralize radioactive and toxic wastes.
Fulvic Acid, Origin and Overview
In the beginning the earth was blessed with optimum organic growing conditions. The soil had a wealth of minerals, trace elements and rich humus soil teaming with microbes. The earth's minerals had not been depleted from over-farming, therefore the soil was exceptionally fertile.
The vegetation was very lush and abundant, as is evidenced by ancient remains that geologists call humic deposits. These deposits are quite rare and can be found in various areas of the world. Even more rare are deposits of humic substance that are exceedingly rich in a little known substance called fulvic acid.
Fulvic Acid - Supercharged Electrolyte
Fulvic Acid has been called one of the most important natural miracles related to life itself. It is an acid (3.) created in extremely small amounts by millions of beneficial microbes working on decaying plant matter. (4.)
Because of fulvic acid's low molecular weight (5.) (small molecules) it has the ability to readily dissolve and bond minerals and nutritional elements into its molecular structure. Nutrients that have been chelated by fulvic acid are in an ideal natural form to interact with and be absorbed by living cells. (6.) Fulvic Acid is so powerful that one single fulvic acid molecule is capable of carrying 60 or more minerals and trace elements into the cells.
Fulvic Acid is Lacking in Food Crops
It is a well known and publicized fact that our soils are sick from poor agricultural practices. The sterile soil conditions brought on by the overuse of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and erosion prohibit microbial activity and the formation of fulvic acid. Fulvic acid that is essential for maximum human health has been missing from our diets for generations.
Re-mineralization of our bodies without the fulvic acid (that should be in the plants we eat), has little benefit. People are sick with degenerative and deficiency related diseases now more than ever. Fulvic acid supplementation is a good start toward reversing this situation.
Supercharged Electrolyte, Antioxidant, and Free Radical Scavenger
Cellular electrical energy could be called the life force of the body. When electrical energy is reduced in cells, they disintegrate and die. It is believed that electrical and chemical balances within the cell can be created and controlled by electrolytes ... the body's mini battery chargers.
Scientists tell us fulvic acid is one of the most powerful natural electrolytes known to man. These supercharged molecules balance cellular life ... restoring the electrical potential that was once normal to the cell by charging, regenerating, regulating and delivering their living energies to the living cells.
Fulvic acid maintains the ideal environment (7.) for dissolved mineral complexes, elements, and cells to bio-react electrically with one another causing electron transfer, catalytic reactions, and transmutations into new minerals. (8.)
It helps with human enzyme production, hormone structures, and is necessary for the utilization of vitamins. It has been found to be essential to living cells in carrying on metabolic processes.
It is also one of the most powerful natural antioxidants and free radical scavengers known. It has the unique ability to react with both negatively and positively charged unpaired electrons and render free radicals harmless. It can either alter them into new useable compounds or eliminate them as waste. Fulvic acid can similarly scavenge heavy metals and detoxify pollutants.
Fulvic Acid Mineral Complexes are Better than True Colloidal Minerals
You may have heard all the excitement about colloidal minerals. But true colloidal minerals by themselves are not readily useable by cells. It is the fulvic acid in conjunction with minerals that makes them effective. Many colloidal minerals on the market contain a small amount of fulvic acid, which is responsible for any results they may produce. Vital-Earth's Fulvic Mineral Complex contains a whopping 42% fulvic acid.
Fulvic Acids Further Defined
Individual cells when properly nourished, are capable of producing many of their own amino acids, enzymes, and other factors necessary for all metabolic processes. Each cell, in addition to other processes, burns its own energy, maintains itself, manufactures its own enzymes, creates its own proteins, and duplicates itself. (9.) It is essential to understand that the total metabolism of the body is the sum of the metabolic operations carried on in each individual cell.
Growth & Maintenance Nutrients
Scientists have identified at least 90 growth and maintenance nutrients which must be continuously supplied to the body to sustain healthful life. These nutrients include amino acids, major and trace minerals, vitamins and other nutritional factors. (10.) When these factors are supplied to our cells, the cells then create the building blocks of our life process. The building blocks present in the metabolic machinery are, in the great majority of cases, the same in other organisms of extremely different types. 11
Humans can produce all but eight amino acids within their cells.
The very complex process of all metabolic functions are carried on within the cell. If we fail to supply the cell with essential growth and maintenance nutrients we will experience a breakdown of these functions. When the breakdown is substantial we have the onset of disease or the manifestation of some related defect.
Sick Soils, Sick Plants, Sick People
In the beginning, our naturally fertile soils contained adequate amounts of humic and fulvic acids produced by resident microbes within the soil. They delivered nutrients and minerals to the plants.
Largely our modern agriculture aims at one goal ... an abundance of saleable products. Food quality is sacrificed for food quantity. Since the farmer is paid by the bushel, yield is more important than nutritional content. To control disease and force yield, excessive amounts of nitrate fertilizers are applied to the soil. Such practices stun and destroy the indigenous microbial life within the soil, which destroys vital humic and fulvic acids.
Gone Are The Minerals
When microbes are depleted from the soils, they are no longer present to convert inorganic minerals into organic minerals needed by plants. Excessive use of nitrate fertilizers inhibits the formation of normal plant proteins and stimulates an overabundance of unused amino acids that attracts insects. (12.) Since pests were created to eat diseased plants this introduces the ideal environment for increased infestation because of increased insect food supply. The farmers reaction is to apply more pesticides and fungicides to save his infested crop. This in turn inhibits or destroys even more vital microorganisms that are essential in converting minerals to plant nutrients.
These deficient, pesticide laden products are turned into "cash", which the farmer thinks is the bottom line. Lacking in organic trace elements and other nutritional factors, but long on chemical residues from pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, these nutritionally hollow product end up on the table of America. Without taste, and deficient in organic minerals and nutrients, we peel , boil and overcook what remains and then ask "why am I sick".
The Vitamin Connection
New breakthroughs are just beginning to emerge in the use of increased dosages of vitamins and minerals for treatment of some ailments. However, it is crucial to remember that vitamins cannot complete their function in the cell's metabolism without the presence of the appropriate and specific mineral cofactor and fulvic acid.
Cell Wall Permeability and Absorption
One of the strongest advantages of fulvic acid minerals is that absorption greatly exceeds traditional tablet supplements. As with any nutrient or supplement, the only way your body can benefit, is if it is absorbed. Fulvic acid enhances this process. Fulvic acid makes elemental minerals and vitamins more absorbable by complexing them (refines, purifies, combines and re-refines) into organic, ionic forms that are easily transported into and through membranes and cell walls. Once the nutrients meld into the fulvic acid complex, they become bioactive and bioavailable.
The Fulvic Acid Connection
Humic and fulvic acids have a fascinating effect on living organisms. Fulvic acid chelates and binds scores of minerals into a bioavailable form used by cells. These trace minerals serve as catalysts to vitamins within the cell. (13.) Additionally, fulvic acid is one of the most efficient transporters of vitamins into the cell.
The Enzyme Connection
An enzyme is a catalyst that does not enter into a reaction but speeds up or causes a reaction to take place. Enzymes are complex proteins. Enzymes are the life force behind vitamins and minerals. Without enzyme activation in the stomach, food would simply rot, elimination would not take place, thought would cease and we would die.
At the cellular level, the burning of glucose in cells for instance, requires the action of several enzymes, each working on the substrate of the previous reaction. Each cell of the body, when properly nourished, is capable of producing the enzymes needed for complete metabolism. 14 Research has shown that fulvic acid improves enzymatic reactions in cells and produces maximum stimulation of enzyme development. 15
Free Radicals & Antioxidants
If a healthy body is your goal, then you must take action to protect yourself against free radical attacks. Dramatic increases of free radicals in our air, food and water in recent years have put a tremendous strain on the body's natural defense mechanisms. Our first line of defense against free radicals is a generous supply of free radical scavengers, called antioxidants. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules or fragments of molecules that contain one or more unpaired electrons. 16 They circulate through the body causing great mischief in bonding to and injuring tissues. In addition to destroying tissue, they magnify the probability that injured cells will become susceptible to a great many infections and diseases, or mutate and cause cancer.
According to Sesesi, Y. Chen and M. Schnitzer, fulvic acid has the ability to dramatically reduce the oxidative effects of free-radicals. This means fulvic acid could potentially help your body ward-off disorders such as cancer, premature aging, wrinkling of the skin and arthritis ... all of which are thought to be hastened by oxidation.
In recent years frantic efforts have been made to locate and isolate compounds with an extraordinary affinity for free radicals. Entire industries have evolved around such efforts, with nearly every vendor of health food products offering possible solutions. There are three identified categories of free radicals, and numerous identified free-radical scavengers, Vitamin A, C, E, Gamma-Linoleic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutathione, Selenium, and CoQ10 are the best known. Each one of the free-radical scavengers eradicate a different category of free-radicals. Its very complicated to get the right form of nutrients, in the correct amounts, along with all the cofactors needed to make them work.
How Antioxidants Work
For an antioxidant to bind a free radical, the antioxidant molecule must have unpaired electrons of equal and opposite charge to that of the unpaired electrons of the free radical.
Fulvic Acid, the Super Antioxidant
We have found that fulvic acid is a powerful, natural electrolyte that can eradicate any form of free-radical. It can act as an acceptor or as a donor in the creation of electrochemical balance. If it encounters free radicals with unpaired positive electrons, it supplies an equal and opposite negative charge to neutralize the bad effects of the free radicals. Likewise, if the free radicals carry a negative charge, the fulvic acid molecule can supply positive unpaired electrons to nullify that charge. Fulvic acid plays the role as a bi-directional super antioxidant.
Fulvic acid is a bioavailable chelated molecule that can also chelate. As a refiner and transporter of organic minerals and other cell nutrients, it has the ability to turn bad guys into good guys by chelating and humanizing free radicals. Depending upon the chemical makeup of the free radical, they can be incorporated into and become a part of life sustaining bioavailable nutrients. In the event that the chemical makeup of the free radical is of no particular benefit, it is chelated, mobilized and carried out of the body as a waste product Many of the substances that make up humic matter have yet to be discovered and catalogued among the know and documented organic chemicals. We are beginning to realize that what we know about Fulvic Acid is just the tip of the iceberg.