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CCL Advanced Fulvic Acid™ | Over 72 Trace Minerals and Nutrients

Measuring the Fulvic Acid Fraction
Many of our customers have inquired as to how much fulvic acid is present in our products. The short answer is that the industry has yet to develop a quantitative test for fulvic acid. However, we have come up with a method to estimate the fulvic acid content which is useful in comparing different sources of humic/fulvic acids.

California Test

The California Humic Acid Test is a humic extraction using a strong base (NaOH), which puts humic and fulvic acids into solution. After lowering the pH to drop out the humic, this test “throws out” the remaining liquid, which contains primarily fulvic acid. The California Test performed on Mesa Verde Humates, when compared to tests that measure humic/fulvic combined, usually reports about half the humic content of other methods. It is obvious that this particular test greatly understates the “humic acid content”. Humates with a high percentage of the fulvic acid fraction are hit particularly hard by this inaccurate method.

Qualitative Measure

We have developed a fairly simple test which compares the relative amount of fulvic acid in different materials. This test was derived from the California Test. In short, this method provides us an opportunity to qualitatively determine how much of our humic/fulvic acid is actually fulvic. When lab results for the California Test vs. the full humic/fulvic test were calibrated to a colorimetric standardization, we found that the fulvic fraction in our humates averaged an estimated 35% of the total humic/fulvic content.

More Fulvic in MV Humates

Thus, for our 70% Grade, we are comfortable with estimating a fulvic acid fraction of about 25%. For comparison, North Dakota humates were found to have an estimated 17% fulvic acid fraction. Since the fulvic acid fraction (along with the lighter weight humic acids) is especially “plant active”, this difference (50% more fulvic) manifests itself as a much quicker response in mineral uptake, with an associated improvement in bioavailability!

What the clinical study state it does (main benefits)
Study 1: Improved sleep
Trial design: Collective evidences in hospitals

Notes for this study:  Over 50% of hospital patients noticed that they were able to sleep more relaxed when treated with fulvic acid, a humic extract. Improved sleep came as an added benefit since the patients were already being treated with the fulvic acid for various chronic diseases. -  Bingwen Su, Jiangxi Humic Acid, 3 (1985), as in: Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition. June 1993; IHSS, Sevilla, Spain. 3.

Study 2:  Reducing inflammation, invigorating the circulation of blood, stoppage of bleeding, cure of digestive system ulcers,  regulation of immunity and endocrine system, and cure of tumors, eye disease, arthritis, cures uterine bleeding and skin ulcers, etc. -  by Dr. Li Yuzhong, one of China’s leading agricultural humic substance research scientists 4.

Study 3: Fulvic Acid contains properties that protect cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer's disease.

Notes to study:
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that fulvic acid has several antioxidant, nutraceutical properties with potential activity to protect cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease. Fulvic acid is likely to provide new insights in the development of potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease using natural products.

Authors: Cornejo A1, Jiménez JM, Caballero L, Melo F, Maccioni RB.
International Center for Biomedicine (ICC), University of Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile. 5
Study 4: Repairs and protects the skin from eczema, bug bites, scrapes and rashes associated with fungus/microbes.
Effect | Increase
Trial Design | Double blind
Trial Length | four weeks
Number of Subjects | 36
Gender | n/a

Notes for this study:
Carbohydrate-derived Fulvic Acid significantly improved some aspects of eczema. The results of this small exploratory study suggest that CHD-FA warrants further investigation in the treatment of eczema. 6

Study 5: Prevents Tumor progression

Notes to study:
 Patients with cancer causing tumors of the esophagus had 100% success rate in preventing tumor progression into the cancerous state when treated for two years with a humic extract solution. - by Yuan, Shenyuan  Tongren Hospital, Beijing; Fulvic Acid, 4 1988; Book: Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition: June 1993 7

Study 6: 
Improves Detoxification
Notes to study: Studies have found that humic acids have ion-selective electrodes that can be used for attracting heavy metals — even for filtering soils and water because they help bind to things like copper and iron. 8

How it works
As a supplement made for human consumption, fulvic acid can be found in liquid form and also as a solid, mineral substance. It’s able to easily pass through cellular membranes, allowing it to be properly absorbed and also boosting assimilation of other nutrients or supplements.

Its structure is made up of aromatic, organic polymers with many carboxyl groups that release hydrogen ions, resulting in an electric charge that helps attract free radicals, heavy metals and other toxins within the body, allowing it to act like a detoxification agent. Once it becomes reactive with metals, fulvic acid helps them become more soluble in water, which means they’re carried out of the body more easily. 9

Fulvic acid is a great way to get rid of heavy metals because [it goes] inside the cell, grabs the metal, pulls it out, hands it off to the humic, which then takes it out of your body. In intravenous chelation, the chelating materials can only get to extracellular things, because they won't go inside the cells where almost all the metals reside.10

How to Take
There’s some evidence that fulvic acid is more bioavailable when taken in liquid form. Most liquid products come in extract form and require using about 12 drops at a time with 16–20 ounces of filtered water. Taking fulvic acid depends on if you take medications and when you eat. It’s a good idea to take fulvic acid around the time of eating since it counteracts and detoxifies contaminants — such as pesticides, chemicals, etc., found in foods that are not organic. 

Take it a half hour before eating or two hours after eating to improve detox abilities. If using medications, take fulvic two hours after or before. 

Try to keep it in your system, taking morning, mid day and evening is excellent, but if not at about 12 hour increments is great, like 8 AM and 8 PM.


*US Senate document 264 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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These claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.