Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement

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Research in humic and fulvic acid for human health

Unique trace mineral compounds known as humates contain humic acid, a specific type of humic acid called fulvic acid, and also as many as 72 micro-nutrient trace minerals.

A growing body of research into these substances suggests that they may have great benefit for human health!

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Researchers in Phytotherapy Research found that “The anti-inflammatory action of potassium humate can be contributed to the inhibition of the release of inflammatory-related cytokines, an adhesion molecule, oxidants and components of the complement system.”

The complement system is a part of the innate immune system that “enhances (complements) the ability of antibodies and phagocytic cells to clear microbes and damaged cells from an organism, promotes inflammation, and attacks the pathogen’s cell membrane”

Other studies have examined the role of humic and fulvic mineral compounds as effective immuno-stimulants, anti-carcinogenics and chelating agents for detoxification of heavy metals.  Another compound that has been researched for these purposes is Zeolite.

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