Humic and Fulvic acid products for sustainability & wellbeing
Words of Wisdom
When researching fulvic acid you'll find many offerings, some with conflicting information and all claiming to be the best. It's daunting, we know! As of yet, there is little standardization in the humic substance industry. So please be aware of unrefined fulvic products that are crude sources of fulvic and can contain heavy metals, have high doses of trace minerals which can be toxic, and/or products claiming remarkably high concentrations of fulvic acid.
How do I tell the difference?
With four decades of experience, we offer the following sage advice: #1. Please note there is no industry standard for measuring humic substances,so beware of anyone claiming to have the highest concentration, as there's no way to compare apples to apples. Suppliers are either taking advantage of the fact that you are unaware of the issues, or are unaware themselves. Either way should raise a red flag.
Analysis is a complicated subject. First, there are many available testing methods, but most lack important refinement steps. Meaning, a product with more pollutants can measure a higher in fulvic than a product that's pure. These test are not great for true analysis, but preferred by some suppliers because of the high numbers they can produce. Second, some analysis is based on the original ore and not the extraction. A dry ore will have a higher analysis than a soluble product. This is why you see claims of 1%, 7-12%, and 70%. (One clue: If indeed a liquid extraction is super concentrated, it will be thick like yogurt. Possible, but not without the use of chemicals.)
Naturally, because our product is so pure, we prefer an industry standardized test that has the most amount of refinement steps. To date the best test is one recommended by the International Humic Substance Society (as a testing method, not as an actual method for extraction) but it is also the most expensive and yields the lowest numbers, so has yet to be adopted.
As a final note, even if testing is standardized, concentration does not speak to quality and should not be used as a sole purchasing point. Fulvic is not a specific molecule but rather a hetergenous group of molecules under a given molecular weight (Low Molecular Weight (LMW) humic substances). This means that the way it was formed and then the way it is handled or extracted makes a huge difference in the efficacy of the end product. Our best advice is to buy from reputable suppliers, like BioAg, with proven industry experience.
#2.If you decide to take fulvic with broad-spectrum minerals, be aware that humans only need trace minerals in very small amounts. A good dose only needs a slight increase to become toxic. Check the label and don't take more than 150% of the RDA.
This is why we do not subscribe to shot-gun mineral therapy at BioAg. The best way to get balanced trace minerals is to eat healthy foods from healthy soils and take WuJinSan with your meals. Scientists only know of 16-20 minerals that the human body requires (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_mineral). Consider asking what those other 52 or 72 minerals are, what they do, and how do you know if you are getting too much? It might be helpful to look at a periodic chart and cross off those that are known. Ask yourself what remains. Minerals are often part of the original ore and have not been separated from the humic/fulvic. Often someone is trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
#3. Ask for a heavy metals test from all fulvic providers, whether they claim minerals or not, and make sure "natural" minerals like cadmium, lead, and mercury are listed on the test. It'll be important to note what was actually measured- a dose, a full bottle etc. What were the parameters? Wu Jin San Heavy Metals Test(Please note that "limit" refers to the sensitivity of the test and in most cases we are speaking of parts per hundreds of million in one KG).
#4.Follow-up on any offered tests and make sure they were actually conducted by a reputable lab that regularly performs this type of testing. The test should be no more than ten years old and under the company's label. You'll be surprised what you might learn with a quick phone call.
#5.If they claim to be charity based, make sure the charity exists. If any internet company selling product claims to be charity based, or donates a percentage of profits to charity, it's best to follow-up and make sure the charity is reputable and has traceable activities. #6.Ask for company background info...what qualifies them to sell these products and what is their scientific background. If they are marketers who believe in the product, than what is the background of the company that manufactures them? If the sole marketing effort is based on one doctor's research, what is that doctor's background with fulvic acids? While one doesn't need to be a scientist to sell fulvic acid, a few simple questions might help sort the good products from the not-so-good. Remember, knowledge is power! While you may not have time to follow-up on all the above, just doing a little homework could mean the difference between increased health and a waste of money.
BioAg is a proud member of the Humic Products Trade Association and support their to establish an industry standard. We encourage other providers to do the same to help standardize our industry. BioAg readily provides analysis and heavy metals tests for all our products. At BioAg we promise to give you the straight truth about humic substances, how they work and why they work, what the best sources are, where they can be found and why. Having spent nearly 40 years researching and applying humic and fulvic substances from Egypt to Oregon, we are one of the few health suppliers with the experience to do so. BioAg uses biodegradable peanuts, corn based labels and recycled cardboard shippers. Wu Jin San Fulvic Acid comes in quart or gallon size #2 HDPE containers (please visit the Smart Plastics Guide for information). These are food safe containers and do not contain BPA. Fulvic does not break down plastic. The chemistry does not support such claims.
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