The Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid
Updated: Nov 1, 2023
Our bodies require many nutrients to maintain optimal health. While nature has given us everything we need to survive, two primary causes of nutritional deficiencies are processed foods and soil depletion.
Fortunately, a substance present in soil called Fulvic Acid makes the vitamins and minerals in the food we eat more readily available. The advantages of fulvic acid as a supplement have not received much attention in recent years. But recent study has found a number of potential advantages.
So what is Fulvic Acid?
Fulvic Acid is a naturally occurring chemical that’s created when microorganisms in the soil break down plant and animal materials to produce humic compounds. It's important to remember that contemporary farming methods are starting to deplete the soil of all the vital nutrients it requires. In the rocks of old mountain ranges like the Himalayas (remember all the minerals in Himalayan salt?), there is a compound called Shilajit – a viscous, tar-like substance, of which fulvic acid is the base.
Although this nutrient has been used medicinally for thousands of years, there isn’t a ton of scientific research out there about it yet. However, because of their potential for healing, researchers are eager to know if they actually function and can be taken in a particular dosage. Studies indicate that it may be helpful for illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colitis. It has anti-inflammatory properties and functions as an antioxidant to lessen oxidative stress on the body. It has been demonstrated to enhance the intestinal flora and nutrient absorption. Research demonstrates that it can boost the activity of digestive enzymes. The list is endless!
Currently, there are several Fulvic Acid supplements available, and the main objective of using them is to improve your body's capacity for utilizing the nutrients they contain. It acts almost like a car that drives all of your vitamins and minerals into the cells where they can actually be utilized by the body. The majority of people struggle to utilize their nutrients properly and many experts believe that the majority of conditions can be pinpointed to some type of deficiency. To quote Dr. Linus Pauling, “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment, ultimately to a mineral deficiency“. Let’s dive a little deeper into what it does!
What are the health benefits of Fulvic Acid?
Anti-inflammatory benefits: Eczema, allergies, and asthma are common in patients with hyperactive immune systems. By turning off the "on switches" for inflammatory cells, fulvic acid functions as an anti-inflammatory medication and can assist in resolving these problems.
Reduces oxidative stress: Oxidative stress is basically an imbalance of bad and good; the good being anti-oxidants. Fulvic acid has been demonstrated to have impacts both within and outside of our cells, effectively reducing the creation of "bad" or reactive oxygen species.
Improves gut health: Fulvic acid has been shown to help with gut health in a variety of ways. It is believed to increase nutritional absorption, gut flora, and the treatment of diseases associated to the gut. The effectiveness of digestive enzymes may be improved, resulting in improved nutrient absorption.
Healing wounds: When applied topically; it can help with cuts, abrasions, insect bites and other skin irritation.
Helps with mineral deficiency: For instance, fulvic acid makes it possible for the body to more easily absorb and use the iron that we consume. In the same way, by increasing the availability of vital nutrients, it can treat a number of deficiencies.
Are there any side effects from supplementing Fulvic Acid into my diet?
People with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis could react negatively to using supplements because this product is thought to enhance the immune system's performance. Similarly, adding fulvic acid would not be advisable for those using immunosuppressant medicines. Patients taking medication for thyroid or anticoagulants should also discuss this with their doctor prior to adding it. Fulvic acid has been shown to increase how quickly blood clots which can be really helpful for healing wounds but not so great for people that are trying to thin their blood.
As always when buying supplements it is important to look for quality products.
Fulvic Acid foods are an indirect way to obtain some from the soil. Consuming organic foods is the best way to ensure you get some in your diet. We've learned a lot more in recent years about how Fulvic Acids, which are present in dirt, can actually strengthen the immune system and the health of the human stomach. People today use Fulvic Acid supplements and soil-based probiotics to make up for the nutrients lost in their diets and lifestyles as a result of contemporary farming practices.
By: Dr. Abby Kellogg
Chiropractor at ANH Wellness
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