If you want to re-energise, boost immunity, improve gut health, protect against Alzheimer's, detoxify, lower inflammation, reduce joint and nerve pain or improve skin quality, fulvic acid could be the supplement for you.
As you'll learn, there's not much this compound can't do. Little wonder it's been dubbed the Miracle Molecule.
Read on to find out more about this highly absorbable, restorative and antioxidant-rich nutrient enhancer.
What is Fulvic Acid?
Fulvic acid is a natural component of humus, a brown to black organic matter. It is formed by the microbial decomposition of plant and animal material and is found in soil, sediment and aquatic environments.
One of two humic acids, fulvic carries high concentrations of organic acids. It improves soil structure, allowing plants to readily absorb the nutrients they need.
Also, given it is incredibly lightweight, fulvic acid easily passes through cell membranes, transporting vital nutrients and moisture into the plants, bacteria and other organisms living in the soil.
And it's in much the same way that fulvic nourishes us.
How Can Fulvic Acid Contribute to Our Wellbeing?
Though more research is needed, there is a mixture of anecdotal and proven clinical evidence supporting the use of fulvic acid. Here are just some of the ways you can benefit from taking it.
Exceptional Capability to Elevate Nutrient Absorption
It could be said that a large part of the reason why fulvic acid has so many amazing health benefits is down to the fact that it significantly boosts nutritional absorption.
The knock-on effect of this is increased energy, well-functioning organs and a stronger immune system.
Fulvic acid has a unique mineral profile and is easily absorbed into the blood, speedily transporting nutrients, vitamins and minerals directly into our cells, thereby increasing their productivity. It also improves cell permeability.
So all the goodness from the food we eat is potentiated with the aid of fulvic acid, leaving us to reap the rewards.
Improves Gut Health
Over 70% of our immune system relies on a robust and well-functioning digestive system, and an unhealthy one can lead to conditions such as leaky gut, a precursor to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and lupus.
Poor gut health can also lead to many of chronic diseases and make you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.
Furthermore, a healthy digestive system enables us to assimilate food more effectively.
Not only does fulvic improve our absorption of nutrients, but it also provides plenty of its own. It contains both pre and probiotics, plus a whole raft of fatty acids, amino acids, electrolytes and trace minerals including silica, which boosts collagen production.
These all help to reinforce gut integrity and improve digestion by strengthening the gut wall and providing a healthy environment for microbes to flourish.
As well as protecting you from disease, a happy gut can improve sleep, increase energy, counteract inflammation, balance hormones, reduce joint pain, promote healthy skin, boost mood and protect against depression and the effects of stress.
So, we already know that fulvic acid has the power to boost immunity via nutritional absorption, improved cellular health and nourishment of the microbiome. But how else can it protect you from illness?
These days, we are exposed to an escalating number of environmental toxins, which combined with ill health, bad dietary choices and stress can lead to increased free radical damage. Further consequences can include toxicity, reduced energy, inflammation and disease.
Fulvic acid has an impressive antioxidant profile which has the power to effectively mop up these free radicals, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
It is also a powerful detoxifier, with the potential to neutralise the harmful effects of radiation. And being a potent metal chelator, it can effectively remove harmful heavy metals from the body.
Electrolytes to Restore pH Balance and Reduce Pain
Fulvic acid contains electrolytes, electrically-charged minerals which are needed for all manner of bodily functions.
These include keeping immunity in check, regulating the heart, muscles and digestive system, maintaining fluid balance, improving cellular life and permeability and sustaining a healthy blood pH.
We need a slightly alkaline pH of between 7.30-7.45 to maintain good health and vitality. Several factors can cause our pH to become too acidic such as poor diet, toxin exposure, illness and stress.
It’s imperative to maintain a balanced blood pH, as excess acidity can negatively impact your skin, muscles and joints, digestive system, nervous system and immunity. Step forward, fulvic acid.
Electrolytes can also directly provide relief for nerve, muscle and joint pain due to their anti-inflammatory and hydrating effects.
Brain Function and Alzheimer's Disease
In a 2011 study, fulvic acid demonstrated the ability to inhibit tau protein from forming paired helical filaments (PHFs) which have been linked to neurodegenerative processes and Alzheimer's.
In fact, researchers discussed the potential for fulvic acid in the development of natural treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
The antioxidants supplied by fulvic acid also have the propensity to reduce free radical damage and inflammation in the brain, both of which threaten cognitive function.
Skin Protection and Eczema Treatment
Another study conducted in 2011 showed that the topical application of fulvic acid as a treatment for eczema was superior overall in its healing benefits compared to other conventional emollients used in the trial.
The electrolytes, antioxidants and collagen-boosting silica it provides have anti-ageing benefits for the skin, encouraging tissue elasticity and a healthy, hydrated complexion.
Why Supplement with Fulvic Acid Rather Than Get it Through Food?
Sadly, modern and intensive farming practices, mixed with a heavy dose of pesticides and herbicides, means that the nutritional and humic acid values in our soil are significantly depleted.
If you eat an organic diet, you will undoubtedly obtain more fulvic acid – although this can’t be accurately measured.
Supplementing means you can be guaranteed you’re getting enough.
Why We Recommend and are Proud to Stock Fulvic Restore
Quality is everything, and Fulvic Restore comes from an exclusive humic deposit in Alberta, Canada, rich in humic acids that are derived from ancient plant matter in a freshwater environment.
Not only is it low in ash, heavy metals and other toxic substances, but the purity and potency are preserved due to cutting-edge Fulvic Isolation Technology.
Absolutely no harsh chemicals are employed during extracting and processing, making Fulvic Restore an environmentally-friendly, completely natural and abundant fulvic acid supplement. It contains a high percentage of fulvic acid (3.7%) and is considered to be highly bioavailable due to its hydrophobic form.
The recommended serving is 2ml per day, meaning its 100ml dropper bottles provide a 50-day supply.
This article was written by Rebecca Rychlik-Cunning, a Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium, @rebeccabitesback.