Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between humic acid and fulvic acid? How do I tell the difference?
Fulvic acid is the low-molecular-weight (LMW) portion of humic substances. By definition it will be golden in color where humic acid, the high-molecular-weight (HMW) portion, will be brown to black. Because of its small molecular size, fulvic acid is able to penetrate the cell and mitochondria of the cell, where humic acid can not. The LMW fulvic acids have higher oxygen but lower carbon contents than the HMW humic acids. Fulvic acids also contain more functional groups of an acidic nature, particulary COOH. The total acidities of fulvic acids (900 – 1400 meq/100g) are considerably higher than for humic acids (400 – 870 meq/100g). Humic acid is not soluble in water under acidic conditions (pH < 2) but is soluble at higher pH values. Fulvic acid is soluble in water under all pH conditions. For more information on the different fractions of humic substances and their properties see Properties of Humic Substances.
what is the difference between Fulvic Wujinsan and Shilagit ?
both are source of fulvic acid, one is a crude tar like substance from India high in toxic heavy metals and Wujinsan fulvic acid is pure of known fulvic content and free of metals. see this article on how bad Shilagit is.Ayurvedic shilajit supplement found to contain alarmingly high levels of LEAD and ARSENIC heavy metals: Health Ranger issues consumer warning
2. How many minerals and what kind are in Wu Jin San fulvic acid?
Wu Jin San isn’t a mineral product. It’s extracted using a very natural method (If you are familiar with biodynamics it’s similar to a ground ferment) and contains no broad spectrum minerals. It is a true fulvic product that is able to work on many levels. We mimic nature, which is the best way to make an active fulvic. This isn’t a simple cool water extraction (a non-chemical way that yields minerals), but rather a type of fermentation that liberates only the energized fulvic with open receptor sites. At ManaLife we caution against a “one size fits all” mineral therapy with fulvic. As many nutritionists have explained, trace minerals can easily go from beneficial to toxic with only a small increase in dose. Also, beware that many broad spectrum minerals are typically clay-based aluminum silicates and can contain “minerals” that humans should not ingest including aluminum, cadmium and lead. Although we are not a mineral provider, we offer the following advice: only take the minerals your body needs with fulvic acid, or better yet, eat healthy foods from healthy soils with WuJinSan. The pure fulvic will help you get the most out of your nutrition. For more information on avoiding potentially toxic products click here. Also consider taking a moment to read Colloidal Minerals, Friend or Foe.
3. Is fulvic acid really an acid?
The pH of fulvic is around 4 but it is a very weak organic acid. You can demonstrate this to yourself with a pH meter or test. When you dilute the recommended “maintenance” dose into a a half liter of water you will see that it doesn’t affect the pH of the water. Fulvic acid also has a buffering capacity due to its amphiprotic nature. This is what makes it a great free radical scavenger (anti-oxidant). In other words, it can both accept or donate a proton where needed. It is this bi-directionality that allows it to buffer pH in your body making your cells less susceptible to wild pH fluctuation. This is very similar to how carbonic acid buffers your blood naturally and allows it to carry oxygen throughout your system efficiently. In this instance the word acid is correct scientifically, but can be quite misleading if not kept in proper context.
4. What about allergic reactions to fulvic acid or humic acid?
To our knowledge, we have never had anyone experience an allergic reaction to our fulvic or humic products and have not found any reports on allergic reactions to fulvic or humic in general in the data.If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction to fulvic or humic acid stop taking the product immediately. If symptoms are persistent or severe please see your physician.
5. Where can I find your products near me?
ManaLife Health products are sold through a network of naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, alternative healers, health stores and website customers. We do not have the ability to advertise all dealers but do announce new dealers under our Dealer section. If you know a health store or healer that you would like to sell our products, let us know and we will contact them. However, the best way to get our products is to order direct through our website shopping cart.
6. Why should I take fulvic acid or humic soaks with de-chlorinated water?
City water systems have actually removed the humic and fulvic acids from our water supply. The reason: when mixed with chlorine humic and fulvic can create carcinogenic THMs (Trihalomethane) and MX’s (Unknown Mutagen). The culprit is not the humic and fulvic, but the chlorine which is not necessarily beneficial for us but kills unwanted bacteria and microbes. So, now we have to find a way to replace the humic and fulvic we used to get naturally. Please beware that MANY companies selling humic and fulvic products are unaware of this connection and use chlorinated water in their products. At Manalife we use filtered rainwater from the Oregon coast, 40 miles from our plant. For taking humic/fulvic internally we recommend using filtered water or juice made with filtered water. For external uses either use filtered water or purchase de-chlorination packets. You can find de-chlorination products on our website, health stores or sometimes pet supply stores. In some areas you can de-chlorinate water simply by letting it sit out for 24 hours.
7. Are plastic containers toxic with fulvic?
No. Fulvic does not leach toxins out of plastic or break plastic down. However, bad plastic containing BPA will leach into fulvic. Only buy fulvic from providers using the high grade #2 FDA food containers. The number will be stamped on the bottom. These are the same containers that milk and other regulated food products are sold in (unlike the unregulated water industry with hard plastics). For more facts on plastic packaging visit the Smart Plastics Guide. If you prefer glass, we do offer quarts of WuJinSan in amber glass containers.
8. Why don’t you list the concentration of your product or make concentration claims?
As there is no industry standardized testing method it is impossible to compare apples to apples. Suppliers who sell solely on concentration are taking advantage of customers who are unaware of the quantitative issues with fulvic. Many tests have limited refinement steps and favor polluted products. The BioAg Corp DBA. ManaLife Labs supports the International Humic Substance Society adopted USGS/IHSS classical method now called AOCA Lamar and was developed by the Humic Products Trade association in conjunction with IHSS test using a resin column to determine hydrophobic fulvic acid and this is the only valid method to show actual bioactive fulvic acid .This is not the best extraction method, but the best for isolation and testing because it has the most refinement steps. However, because it produces the lowest fulvic numbers, and has the potential to expose unrefined products, it has yet to be adopted industry wide. It’s also important to note that source and manufacturing methods make the most difference when it comes to product quality. If the concentration is high, but has been denatured by the extraction process or polluted with toxic minerals like mercury and lead, then it’s of little value to your body.
Hear Dr. Faust answer question on the issue of quality in fulvic products . http://youtu.be/GbLM-C3DGbg