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How to Take Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is a byproduct of the decomposition of certain fungi in soil, which can help plants absorb essential minerals from the soil more effectively 2. Plants with a high concentration of fulvic acid have increased enzyme activity and can synthesize chlorophyll more quickly because fulvic acid allows more nutrients to penetrate the plant's cell walls 2. When fulvic acid is dissolved in water, that water can penetrate both plant and animal cell walls faster 23. Fulvic acid is often used to detoxify cells -- as more water comes into the cell, it flushes out toxins and might even help your body purge toxic heavy metals 2.

Look for colloidal mineral solutions that contain a high amount of fulvic acid, which is the vehicle that makes your body able to absorb and process trace minerals in solution 2. Fulvic acid by itself doesn't contain any nutrients; it simply makes any nutrient more bioavailable 23.

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Take a liquid fulvic acid supplement 2. To increase the absorption of all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your diet, you can simply add an ionized water supplement that has fulvic ions dissolved in it. Unlike colloidal supplements, in which the fulvic acid bonds with a specific nutrient, a liquid fulvic acid supplement will will boost your body's ability to absorb nutrients from multiple sources -- food, drink and other supplements 2.

Follow the directions for dosage and usage carefully. Fulvic acid can increase your body's ability to absorb all trace elements -- including cadmium, arsenic, mercury, selenium and zinc 2. Too much of these and other elements can have negative consequences.


Always consult your doctor before taking any type of supplement. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate or endorse the use of fulvic acid.