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Is Fulvic Acid Safe?

Overview

Fulvic acid is a widely available organic compound found in soil, as well as a supplement with many claimed health benefits. It’s been touted as an immune system booster and for its ability to restore minerals to the body. Fulvic acid is said to also help the body get rid of toxic heavy metals. But does it work, and is it good for you?

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Properties

The Properties of Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is a water-soluble material found in a part of soil called the humus. It’s the result of a combination of several acids that are created when organic matter decomposes. It is found abundantly in and around aquatic areas. When it’s extracted, it takes on a yellow or brown color.

Fulvic acid can be found in organic vegetables, as well as in supplements that are available in multiple forms. There are capsules, clay and cream forms, as well as liquid and powder supplements, available online and in health food stores.

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Benefits

Do Supplements Benefit Your Health?

Fulvic acid has firmly found its place in the health world as a supplement. A popular fulvic acid supplement is shilajit, which is a blackish-brown powder or fluid. This natural Himalayan substance is formed by the gradual decomposition of certain plants and organisms in that area.

Shilajit is used to treat many disorders, such as chronic bronchitis, genitourinary disorders, jaundice, and even digestive disorders. Its benefits additionally aid in healing kidney stones, edema, and hemorrhoids. According to one review, it is a safe and potent supplement.

Shilajit is also said to be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. One study from Chile suggests that the strong nutraceutical properties in fulvic acid could protect against cognitive impairment.

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Other Uses  

What Else Is Fulvic Acid Used For?

Fulvic acid’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties could be of help to people who suffer from dry, itchy skin. One study showed that applying a cream containing carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid (CHD-FA) twice daily could visibly improve the severity of eczema and erythema.

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Risks

Are There Any Risks?

Certain shilajit-containing products sold over the Internet have been found to contain heavy levels of lead, mercury, and arsenic. As a result, cases of lead poisoning have been reported from products sold in the United States and India. Further testing needs to be conducted in order to regulate daily dose limits.

Fulvic acid supplements are used to rid your body of toxins, so taking them might result in diarrhea, cramps, fatigue, headaches, or nausea. If you’re considering alternative medicines or supplements, always consult your doctor first.

Article Resources
  • Carrasco-Gallardo, C., Guzmán, L., & Maccioni, R. B. (2012, February 23). Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296184/
  • Cornejo, A., Jiménez, J.M., Caballero, L., Melo, F., & Maccioni, R.B. (2011, July 22). Fulvic Acid Inhibits Aggregation and Promotes Disassembly of Tau Fibrils Associated with Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 27, 143-153. Retrieved from http://iospress.metapress.com/content/cu8152587r1vh872/?genre=article&issn=1387-2877&volume=27&issue=1&spage=143
  • Gandy, J. J., Snyman, J. R., & van Rensburg, C. E. (2011). Randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid in topical treatment of eczema. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology4, 145–148. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3173016
  • Kotwal, Girish J. (2008). Genetic diversity-independent neutralization of pandemic viruses (e.g. HIV), potentially pandemic (e.g. H5N1 strain of influenza) and carcinogenic (e.g. HBV and HCV) viruses and possible agents of bioterrorism (variola) by enveloped virus neutralizing compounds (EVNCs). Vaccine, 26(24), 3055-3058. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18241960
  • Meena, H., Pandey, H. K., Arya, M. C., & Ahmed, Z. (2010, January). Shilajit: A panacea for high-altitude problems. International Journal of Ayurveda Research, 1(1), 37-40. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20532096
  • Saper, R. B., Phillips, R. S., Sehgal, A., Khouri, N., Davis, R.B., Paquin, J., Thuppil, V., & Kales, S.N. (2008, August 27). Lead, mercury, and arsenic in US- and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic medicines sold via the Internet. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 300(8), 915-923. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2755247/?report=reader#__ref-listid954032title
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