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What are Fulvic & Humic Acids?

Posted on 18th Feb 2012 @ 12:37 PM

There is perhaps no substance more vital to life, (with the possible exception of oxygen and water) than the biologically derived compounds known as Humic and Fulvic acids. Humic and Fulvic acids enter into all life processes within plants, animals and humans. Without these acids in our bodies we would die.

It is important to note that no sharp division exist between Humic and Fulvic acids and humins. Humic acids (plural) are the collective name for the acid radicals found in humic matter; Humic, Fulvic and Ulmic acids.

Fulvic acid is called the work horse of the Humic acids offering physical, chemical and biological benefits. Fulvic acids have natural buffering, chelating and have extremely high ion-exchange properties. Humic Acid makes the cells walls more permeable so Fulvic Acid’s low molecular weight (tiny molecules) can dissolve and bond minerals and nutritional elements into its molecular structure.

Fulvic Acid is very powerful and one single Fulvic acid molecule is capable of carrying 60 or more minerals and trace elements into our cells. It has been called the ‘Miracle Molecule’ because of its ability to heal in so many ways, and the ‘Missing Link’ because Fulvic Acid is the catalyst that brings our vitamins and minerals into our cells as it removes toxin internally and externally from our body.

Being the most highly refined natural water soluble substance on Earth, Fulvic acid is produced by the action of billions upon billions of microscopic bio-life and plants, such as yeasts, algae, and fungi, all participating in the process of decomposition of once living matter. Every living organism on Earth, plant, animal, or humans, experiences a lifelong battle against viruses, infections and disease. This intense battle for survival continues and even becomes more intense among soil based microscopic plants during decomposition. Billions upon billions of defence mechanisms are produced, passed down, and recycled at every stage of life and through many stages of decomposition. As these substances are recycled, they continually become smaller and smaller and more refined (naturally). At the last they become water soluble, turning into Fulvic acid.

Fulvic acid is the smallest most complex, most highly refined naturally according water soluble substance on earth. Tiny amounts remarkably transform the molecules structure of water, making it intensely more active and penetrable. Fulvic acid then assists water in its job of dissolving and transporting. It helps carry nutrients into the cell and waste products away from the cell, while helping to neutralize toxins and invaders.

When Fulvic acid is dissolved and combined with water, the water is transformed. Its molecular structure is changed and become more organized. Scientists have noticed that the water becomes energized and is able to transmit unusual biological ‘messages’ to living organism. Scientists describe this Fulvic water phenomenon as ‘memory’. A nursing mother’s first breast milk (colostrums) carries an unknown substance that scientists call transfer factor which carries ‘messages’ to alert the immune system of her offspring to known disease invaders. Fulvic acid similarly carries with it a message of warning, a ‘memory’ of past battles with disease invaders. The battle scars are indelibly etched with the Fulvic acid’s refined molecular structure, which is made up of time fragments of DNA, even including remnants of DNA from past invaders.

Fulvic acids are nature’s bridge between ‘dead’ mineral elements and living organic matter. True Fulvic acid is extremely absorbable (approaching 100%). Fulvic acid contains rare earth minerals elements in organic form.

Viruses are extremely small organisms that can easily get attached to and get inside cells. They are parasitic in that they enter healthy cells where they reside and feed off these cells, they cannot live outside the cell. They raise their young within these cells to be spread to other cells inside and outside the body (through sneezing, excretion of body fluids, sexual transmission, Etc.) Viruses contain a receptor-binding protein that keeps them attached to the healthy cell.

When Humic Acids find a virus looking for a cell it coats it with a substance that not only prevents the virus from attaching to a healthy cell, but also sends a signal to the immune system alerting it of the invader. This kicks the immune system into action against the virus that has been laid vulnerable by this coating. Humic acids are selective and seem to know which cells are viruses laden. Humic acid is also a viral fusion inhibitor. This means that this Humic acids binds to viruses and prevents then from entering the cells and thereby replicating. Once the virus comes out of hiding, the Humic acids will attach to it and keep it from taking over your cells and using them for producing more viruses. Active viruses do not survive more than thirty-six hours, so without replication, they will be eliminated.

It is thought that components of the Humic acids attach to the receptor sites on the virus prevent them from mating and sharing DNA and RNA from host cells in their reproduction process. If the virus cannot reproduce, it will quickly die out. Recent work by the National Institutes of Health tested natural humates with drugs of choice on several common diseases (Herpes, Colds and Flues). In all cases the natural humate showed effectiveness.

In several diseases the natural humate worked better than the drug of choiceand without side effects. Humic acids effectiveness on Mononucleosis (Herpes Virus) was 5 times better than the drug of choice. In a large number of flu viruses the humate was equal with the drug. FDA research is currently on going with the humates as drugs on HIV/Aids, (10) Hepatitis C and several of the “baddies” such as Hanta and Ebola. Humate appears to have universal effects that prevent viruses from mutating and going around such as occurs with synthetic drugs.

Research at Texas Tech University has shown Humic acids to increase iron in blood haemoglobin. This increase causes the blood to carry additional oxygen making us have more energy and feel better. Additionally, more oxygen causes us to heal faster and relieve pain from arthritic conditions. Increasing Humic acids, as a supplement into the diet, has shown reductions in anemia especially in maturing teenage females. Not only do these humic substances cause more oxygen, they regulate blood clotting. Humates are used in the treatment of hemophiliac conditions of Von Widlebrant Disease.

Humic acid improves liver function. Blood testing has shown decreases in cholesterol over time and increases in percentage of amino acids in the blood. This infers that the body is processing the fats for energy and building more muscle tissue from the increased amino acid percentage.

Research at Baylor Medical School has shown that Humic acid causes the immune system to recognize its own body’s dead cells thereby reducing infection. They are currently researching humates both topically applied and internally dosed for burn victims to reduce infections.

Fulvic acid has shown to activate and stimulate white blood cells, promoting healing, turn inorganic calcium into and organic bio-active cellar regenerative medium conducive to new bone growth.

Tests were conducted by Dr. W. Schlickewei and five associates at the University Hospital in Freiburg, German, on human patients requiring transplantation or replacement of bone during surgery. In this clinical test and previous experiments, Fulvic acid has been shown to activate and stimulate white blood cells, promoting healing, turn inorganic calcium into an organic bio-active cellular regenerative medium conducive to new bone growth, stimulate cellular growth and regeneration, and inhibit the HIV virus.

Another study examined influenza viruses, including the swine flu, with the same results. Exotic viruses like the West Nile Virus, hemorrhagic fever and Coxsackie viruses have been found to be inhibited by Humic acid. There is every reason to expect that its antiviral properties are broad spectrum, meaning it may have usefulness against the Asian or bird flu pandemic.

The mechanism of action of Humic acid in these cases is believed to be the blockage of a virus particle from attaching to and entering a healthy cell. Viruses can’t replicate or divide without entering and taking over the cell’s DNA for the making of more virus particles. By keeping one virus particle from becoming thousands, it effectively blocks the infection from happening.

Humic acid has also been scientifically shown to be a free radical scavenger. Free radicals are "broken" molecules that are off-balanced from the standpoint of having too many electrons on them. They are dangerous to healthy, living cells. Free radicals can interfere with out DNA and the effect can be cancer-causing. By binding them up, Humic acid makes free radicals safe from us.

Humic acids can bind with metals, including toxic heavy metals. It is able to scavenge for these heavy metals and eliminate them from the body. It seems to increase the permeability of cell walls, allowing for easier transfer of nutrient metals. Research indicates that Humic acid can bind to essential metals as well; much like soil Humic acid did millions of years ago it can provide nutrients to living things growing in the soil. It’s felt that by binding to healthy metals, Humic acid can aid in their absorption in the body.

Humic acid also seems to modulate or regulate the effects of our stress hormones. Because of its size, it likely blocks the stress hormones from reaching the receptor site. Interestingly, a study out of Penn State found that rats with Humic acid showed much lower levels of stress hormones than those that didn’t.

Our immune system, too, reaps the benefits of Humic acids, it can increase the polysaccharide sugars in our body which bind to Killer T Cells (immune killer cells) and facilitate communication between the Killer T Cells and other body cells. The function of Killer T cells is then modulated by the polysaccharides. Excessive Killer T Cell function in the body is part of what facilitates auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.



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