No one can deny the healthy living movement, evidenced by the recent surge in health products and supplements, including fulvic and humic acids, but many people still don’t understand what the potential benefits derived from these natural minerals are.

According to a book written on Humic/Fulvic compounds, resulting from a symposium held in 1996 by the American Chemical Society, which consisted of top scientists and experts in the field, “Humic and Fulvic substances have been studied extensively for more than 200 years.”1 These substances are extracted from mineral rich soil deposits layered beneath the earth’s surface where they are created through compression of biodegraded plant matter.

Initially, observers noticed that animals which consumed grass growing on particular Hungarian deposit experienced accelerated growth and also better resisted diseases common to nearby regions. This suggested to researchers that the animals had ingested something that had enhanced their immune function and promoted growth and disease resistance. It was discovered later that what was affecting these animals were high levels of Fulvic and Humic substances found present in their diets. After extensive testing and research, it was proposed that these substances were able to accomplish such tasks by enhancing the ability of mammals to absorb nutrients into their bodies.

Due to the colloidal properties of Humic substances, they serve as effective transporters which help to carry essential nutrients and minerals throughout the body, and in turn allow for a more efficient metabolism.2

Continued scientific research support the ability of Humic and Fulvic substances to not only perform as effective transporters for nutrients and mineral, but help people retain water and also remove contaminants from the body. Additionally, there is evidence that suggest its benefits in: Digestion, Immune function, Metabolism, Cognition, Detoxification, Inflammation, Energy, Skin.

EarthWater FulHum: Why is it Black?

Humic substances are naturally occurring and organically black in color. Fulvic Acids can be extracted from the humic and appear reddish brown.

Is it safe?

On rare occasions, if ingested in large amounts, there have been reports of diarrhea, but resolved without medical intervention.3


1.    “Humic and Fulvic Acids: Isolation, Structure, and Environmental Role”. ACS Symposium Series 651. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gaffney, Nancy A. Marley, and Sue B. Clark.  Published by ACS in 1996.

2.    “Scientific Report. Peat-derived Organic Humifulvate Concentrate (HFC): A New Multimineral Dietary Supplement”. American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research. Submitted by Amy Addington, MS and Alexander Schauss, PhD. Released in 2000.

3.    “Phase I clinical study of the acute and subacute safety and proof-of–concept efficacy of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid”. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Correspondence to Justin John Gandy. Published by Dove Medical Press Ltd. In 2012.

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