Answers to our most frequently asked questions
How Can Fulvic Minerals be 100% Fulvic in Solution?
Fulvic is a natural component within humic minerals; all humic substances contain approximately 3% to 7% fulvic. Using a gentle proprietary extraction process, we have isolated the fulvic from our ionic humic source material and this is what we bottle - 100% fulvic with enough water added to keep it in a liquid state.
If I take other supplements will I be getting too many minerals?
Many people wonder if they will be getting “too many minerals” if they are consuming other products that also contain minerals…such as a high dose calcium supplement. The answer is no because Vital Earth’s fulvic/humic is extracted from plant material – not rocks or clay. When plant-derived fulvic/humic enters the system, it is immediately recognized as one of nature’s essential substances. It triggers the proper metabolic responses that utilize the minerals where they’re needed, discarding those that are not needed. Ionic, plant-derived minerals will not build up in the tissues the way metallic, clay-based minerals can.
How do Fulvic and Humic detoxify cells?
Our bodies have an affinity for nutrients, meaning that cells are naturally attracted to them, and Fulvic/Humic transports nutrients directly into your cells. As the minerals are entering the cells and delivering nutrients, our cells then expel the toxins in order to absorb as many nutrients as they can. Toxins are then carried out of our system with the help of the Fulvic/Humic molecule.
Why is Vital Earth's Fulvic NOT a colloidal?
Colloidals are solid particles that are simply being held in suspension in a liquid. They are too large to pass through cell membranes, so they offer little benefit. There are no colloidal minerals in any of our mineral products.
The size of a colloidal is 1 micron. Fulvic is so much smaller it is measured in Angstrom. An Angstrom is a measurement of very small things such as light beams, atoms, and molecules. 1/10,000 of a micron = 1 angstrom. This means that Fulvic is 10,000 times smaller than colloidal minerals.
Ionic, angstrom-sized minerals can pass directly through cell membranes on contact. They are literally absorbed directly into cells without the need for any digestive process. The effect Fulvic has on cells, due to its dramatic absorption characteristics, are what give it the remarkable benefits over and above other forms of minerals.
Why is fulvic commonly called "Fulvic Acid"?
Back in the 50’s, U.S. researchers used chemicals and acids to extract fulvic from ancient deposits of humic material. The process left a vile aftertaste, killed off most of the fulvic, and made the product highly acidic. That is when and why “acid” became part of the fulvic name in the U.S. In other parts of the world, the benefit of “unprocessed,” alkaline pH fulvic is well known and has been used for centuries.
As fulvic was introduced to the American public, commercial manufacturers continued to use the old acid based extraction process. Their only concern was producing a colloidal product with a high mineral count because they did not understand the crucial role fulvic plays in maintaining optimal health.
Why can't I get Fulvic/Humic from the fruits and vegetables I eat?
In a perfect world we would all consume nutrient rich fruits and vegetable and there would be no need to supplement our diets with Fulvic/Humic; it would be readily available in our food supply.
Unfortunately, our current farming practices use chemicals and pesticides that kill the microorganisms that create Fulvic/Humic. Because of this, Fulvic/Humic minerals are severely lacking in today’s fruits and vegetables. Even our farm animals, who are now consuming inferior diets lacking Fulvic/Humic, are mineral deficient themselves.
How is Fulvic created in nature?
In nature, Fulvic is created by microbial activity at the roots of plants. Its function is to dissolve and convert the metallic mineral molecules in soil into a form that is usable by plants, animals, and people. Plants cannot uptake minerals into their root system until they have been converted by fulvic into an ionic, organic form.
Once the minerals are converted (dissolved), plants uptake the powerful fulvic substance that is loaded with ionic minerals and trace elements into their root system. Plants then become saturated with health-giving fulvic.
When the fulvic microorganisms in soil are destroyed, plants are not able to take the undissolved metallic and clay minerals into their root systems. The minerals remain in their original inorganic metallic/salt form in the soil, unusable by plants, causing the plants to become mineral deficient.
To complicate matters, the mineral content of our soils is extremely low right now. Farm lands have been overused and minerals are not being replaced the way nature intended. What is being found is that many non-organically raised fruits and vegetables contain high levels of unhealthy chemical fertilizers and low levels of healthy minerals.
Our fruits and vegetables may be large, uniform, and beautiful but testing shows the nutrient content is lower than in years past. Foods with high fulvic content are very difficult to obtain, making it essential that we supplement our diets with this essential substance.
How soon can I expect to see results?
If you really want to get an accurate picture, start a log right now of how you are feeling, how you are sleeping, how tired you feel after work, and what cravings you are experiencing, etc. Consistent use of Humic and/or Fulvlc offers many benefits. Very shortly after beginning Humic and/or Fulvic many people find that, as their cells begin receiving the extra nutritional boost, changes will occur naturally in their bodies that promote normal energy levels, restful sleep, and healthy vitality.
Once this happens they go about life and forget how they felt previously unless there is some reference to look back on. When they look back on their log they are amazed at the difference. It’s just human nature…you really don’t notice when you are sleeping soundly ... most people only notice when they’re NOT sleeping well.
Please remember that ill health is usually the result of years and years of nutritional deficiency, so you must be realistic in your expectations. Reclaiming good health could take some time and effort. But what is the alternative? Addressing nutritional deficiency is an ongoing process of feeding your body consistently and conscientiously. We think it’s worth the small effort it takes to give your body the nutrition it needs to function at peak levels and maintain optimal health.
Are there any side effects with Humic/Fulvic?
When taken as directed, there are no known negative side effects or toxic build up. As Humic and Fulvic help enhance the body's natural ability to detoxify and remove harmful compounds, some people may experience unpleasant reactions for a few days. If this happens, we suggest you cut your dosage of minerals down to a level that eliminates the symptoms, then build back up to the suggested dosage slowly.
How long will I have to keep taking Humic and Fulvic?
That all depends on whether you continue eating nutrient-deficient foods containing chemicals, preservatives and dyes, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, drink chlorinated water, are exposed to pollutants and dangerous chemicals, consume aspartame, MSG, GMO foods, excess alcohol, and carbonated beverages, or smoke.
The sad reality is that additives, chemicals, preservatives, and harmful food processing techniques are a part of all our lives now. About all you can do is try to eliminate or reduce exposure to toxic substances and supply adequate nutrition to properly nourish your body. Humic and Fulvic supply essential minerals, help enhance normal detoxification and antioxidant response, and they support healthy immune function.
Even modest dietary revisions, with increased vitamin and mineral intake, have been shown to have significant benefits. We think one of the simplest solutions is to add Vital Earth products to your daily routine.
Why is taking the correct "form" of a mineral so essential?
The minerals in Vital Earth’s fulvic are in an ionic, plant derived "form". This means once they enter the body the proper metabolic responses occur that allow them to be utilized where they’re needed. Ionic plant derived minerals cannot be retained as toxins in the tissues the same way metallic or clay based minerals can.
Have you ever heard of anyone getting metal toxicity from vegetables? No, it’s because the minerals are in a “plant derived” form – they have been converted into a form that is useable by humans as nature intended. Fulvic facilitates this change of mineral form. We eat these plants and benefit from the mineral content, but don’t get toxic mineral/metal build up from this source. Humic and Fulvic are plant-derived mineral compounds supplying over 70 essential trace minerals and elements.
What about all those minerals that we’re told we should avoid, such as lead, arsenic, mercury and more?
Plants commonly contain all these. The difference is that they’re in a plant derived form – they are ionic minerals. They will not build up in the body tissues, as do metallic and clay-based minerals.
When presented as ionic fulvic/humic complexes, cells have the ability to accept or reject minerals, including aluminum, lead, arsenic, mercury, etc., at their discretion. Because people have been so conditioned that all these minerals are bad under any circumstance, many people don’t realize that these minerals may not necessarily be present to “nourish” cells, but are needed to act as “electrodes” in the fulvic electrolyte solution.
They are absolutely crucial in facilitating bio-reactions, electron transfer, catalytic reactions and transmutations. In other words, they may not necessarily be directly used by the body…but are just “enabling” chemical reactions; the same way baking powder causes a cake to rise when liquid is added to the batter. You don’t add the baking powder for any reason other than to trigger the rising action.
It is obvious that when metals, minerals and trace elements become complexed into fulvic/humic, they take on an entirely new property of availability, unlike their original form. It is when fulvic is not present that one should seriously worry about toxic buildup from any source.
Additional uses for Humic and Fulvic:
Humic and Fulvic are beneficial topically as well. They can benefit the body's natural healing of abrasions, cuts, wounds, insect bites, and numerous other skin complaints. They may neutralize poison ivy and poison oak, and may assist with normal healing of burns with a minimum of scarring.
Keep an extra bottle of Humic or Fulvic in the fridge and here's why..
Humic and Fulvic can be used for infrequent indigestion and to support already normal digestive function.
If you've eaten an especially "chemical filled" meal:
Maybe you went to dinner at a friend’s house and they served bottled salad dressing (high fructose corn syrup, MSG, vegetable oils), a flavored rice side dish (MSG in multiple forms, colorings, artificial flavorings), and meat raised with growth hormones and antibiotics, then you drank a few glasses of wine laden with sulfites...and now you don’t feel so good! Take a couple capfuls of Humic or Fulvic before you go to bed to assist your body's natural ability to flush all those toxins and chemicals from your system. You'll thank yourself in the morning!
How Humic/Fulvic detoxifies chlorine by-products from the body
One of the most beneficial characteristics of Humic and Fulvic is that they both assist natural detoxification of impurities from the body, including chlorine by-products and more. Humic/Fulvic complexes with toxins inhibiting absorption and promoting elimination from the body.
So if you are actively reducing your exposure to chlorine as much as possible, Fulvic and Humic Minerals all provide an excellent way to support your body's natural filtering ability.
Eliminating chlorine totally is difficult because it's everywhere. When you eat out, vegetables have been rinsed in chlorine treated water, iced tea was made with it, silverware was washed in it. All you can do is try to minimize your exposure the best you can, and do your best to choose products and cleaning supplies that don't contain it. Many people use filters on their faucets and shower heads to eliminate exposure to chlorine. Every little bit will help. Fortunately, chlorine does dissipate over time, but avoiding direct exposure as much as possible is still best. The long lasting form of Chlorine, Chloramine, is problematic because it is used in most public water supplies.
Does Humic/Fulvic become toxic when mixed with chlorinated water?
Chlorine is toxic - NOT Humic and Fulvic. Chlorine becomes dangerous when mixed with ANY organic substance; this includes vegetables, fruits, etc.
Does Fulvic leach toxins out of plastic bottles?
We have encountered some misinformation that we think consumers should be aware of. The word on the Internet is that liquid supplements bottled in plastics are absorbing the toxins from the plastic, and these toxins are then being ingested by unknowing consumers. This is simply false, inaccurate, irresponsible, and clearly uninformed.
And here's why in a nutshell:
Dangerous and harmful plastic containers are made of polycarbonate, or polyvinyl chloride, and contain an additive called Bisphenol A (BPA). But not all plastics contain BPA. There is another class of plastic, used specifically for consumables, which are made of entirely different components, all of which are non-toxic. This non-toxic type of plastic is called HDPE. You can be certain that no toxins will ever be leached from these types of bottles because no toxic materials are contained in their composition.
HDPE is the food grade type of bottle used for all Vital Earth's liquid supplements, as well as 90% of all health food store products. This is not new. Reputable manufacturers have been protecting consumers against harmful BPA for years now. To repeat, there is no BPA in our bottles. If any other manufacturer disputes this information, please ask them to show you the specific scientific studies that show Bisphenol-A, polycarbonate, or polyvinyl chloride is in HDPE bottles. To tell consumers that all plastics are alike is irresponsible. This mis-information either comes from being mis-informed or there is an ulterior motive based on using fear to sell their products when they don't have any other marketable benefits.
As a side note: Don't forget about your pets! Many chew toys are made from plastics that contain BPA.
Can I take Vital Earth products while on prescriptions?
Yes, but don't take them at the same time. Please allow at least 2 hours between taking your supplements and your medications. This will allow your body to assimilate each independently.
What do you mean by the term "pH"?
Body acidity and pH: pH is how acidity and alkalinity are measured. The scale ranges from 14.0 pH, which is top of the alkaline scale, down to 7.0 pH being neutral, and on down the scale with 0.0 pH being the bottom of the acidic side of the scale.
There are many liquid minerals on the market today that are highly acidic, with an acid pH in the range of 2.0 pH to 4.0 pH due to their processing techniques. Also, when chemicals are used, unhealthy toxic chemical residues remain in the product and are ingested. The end product must be flavored and sweetened to mask the vile taste.
Here’s a quick and general reference of the various effects of acid/alkaline pH levels in the body:
This chart refers to body acidity levels, not the pH level of products. The pH level of a product can affect the pH level of the body which is why it is important to beware of chemically induced acidic pH levels in products.
Body pH level chart:
|7.0 to 7.4||Optimum health and energy|
|6.8||Beginning of metabolic acidosis|
|6.4||Impaired digestion, hard to lose weight|
|6.0||10 Times less oxygen to the cells|
|5.5||Extreme acidosis, cancer and degenerative disease|
|5.0||100 Times less oxygen to the cells and life threatening|
As you can see, maintaining the proper acid/alkaline levels in the body is essential to good health.