Exploring the Benefits of Fulvic / Humic Compounds

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In an age when people are increasingly conscious of their health and what they put into their bodies, it can be hard to discern if we’re making the right choices when it comes to our diet. Even when we read each label of each food product we buy, how do we know what those ingredients mean, or what they do to our health? Therehas been a recent surge in health products and supplements, including fulvic and humic acids, but many people still don’t understand what the potential benefits are of adding them to their diet, or how their body will use them.

So, we did some research, specifically on what Fulvic and Humic minerals really are, and what they really do.

According to a symposium published in 1996 by the American Chemical Society in Chicago, “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, producing fulvic and humic acid compounds.

2One study found that the animals, consuming the grass growing on these deposits, experienced accelerated growth and resisted diseases commonly seen nearby regions. This suggested that the animals had ingested something that had enhanced their immune function and promoted optimal growth and disease resistance. It was discovered that what was affecting these animals was the high levels of fulvic and humic substances that were present in their diets. It is also believed that the fulvic and humic substances ingested by these animals enhanced absorption of minerals found in the plants the livestock was eating.

In fact, veterinary doctors observed that animals grazing on or near a Hungarian deposit “were exceptionally healthy, compared to other animals, especially off-spring.”2 So, through this observation, we can understand that we, as humans can benefit from having these compounds in our diets. The problem is, due to over-farming and bioengineering of our food, many of our foods are no longer rooted in this mineral-rich soil, and if the soil the food grows in is lacking in these compounds, then the food itself will be lacking, too. And so, we have to find other ways to supplement fulvic and humic compounds in our diet if we want the same benefits to our health that have been observed in other species.

Potential Health Benefits

Due to the observed and documented ability for fulvic and humic substances to transport essential minerals, retain water, and even combat contaminants, it is proposed, with significant scientific support, that regular consumption of fulvic and humic substances can help with:

1.       Digestion

2.       Immune function

3.       Nutrient absorption as well as Metabolic activity

4.       Cognitive health

5.       Detoxification

6.       Inflammation

7.       Low energy levels

8.       Skin health

Why is it Black?

Humic substances are naturally occurring and are organically black in color. This is what causes water / food with humic compounds to appear black.




There lacks substantial research in the United States, especially in human trials, on the long-term effects of humic and fulvic in the human diet. But, most current research does suggest more pros than cons. One study actually showed that when added to chicken feed, with other variables tightly controlled, it decreased the population’s mortality rate as well as incidences of disease.3

Side Effects

The majority of reported side effects occurred usually after the ingesting high and concentrated amount of the substance, which is why it is recommended that it should be diluted for consumption. These side effects were not severe, and mostly subsided after a period of time after ingestion of food.  Noteworthy side effects include diarrhea (attributed to overconsumption), headache, and a burning sensation in the throat upon ingestion, which can be attributed to the low-pH of a mixing medium.

Take Away

Although more research may be required, fulvic and humic substances have been studied around the world by scholars for centuries, and there is strong evidence that suggest biological and health benefits involved with regular consumption.


1.       “Humic and Fulvic Acids: Isolation,m 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

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4.       “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.