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Fulvic acid

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Concentrated fulvic acid, fulvic acid powder, humic acid, Nordic fulvic acid, organic humic acid, oxifulvic acid, peat, shilajeet, shilajit, Suwannee river fulvic acid.
  • Note: Due to similarities with fulvic acid, humic acid is also discussed in this monograph; however, the focus is on fulvic acid.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • According to secondary sources, fulvic acids are lower-molecular-weight, higher-oxygen-containing humic acids, and they are a principal component of humic substances found in soil, peat, coal, upland streams, lakes, and oceans. Humic acids, including fulvic acid, are produced during the degradation of dead organic matter. Fulvic acids are more commonly found in water, whereas the larger humic acids are more commonly found in soils. Fulvic acid is a yellow to yellow-brown substance.
  • According to secondary sources, fulvic acid is thought to be made by microbial sources but appears to lack life-sustaining or energy-providing properties. In natural waters, fulvic acid forms complexes with minerals, resulting in increased solubility.
  • Fulvic acid is of interest as a nutritional supplement and may be found in a liquid form as a component of mineral colloids. According to secondary sources, a company in South Africa (Enerkom (Pty) Ltd) has developed a process to convert coal into humic and fulvic acids using wet oxidation with oxygen. The resulting fulvic acids consisted of 50 different compounds.
  • Evidence in support of fulvic acid for any use is lacking.

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References

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