Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Humic and Fulvic Acids?
Humic and Fulvic Acids are derived from Humates (ancient fossilized deposits of decomposed plant matter) which are the earth's richest source of bioavailable minerals, trace elements, phytochemical, transfer factors and the amino acids needed to repair and synthesis RNA and DNA.
Trace Botanicals® Humic Fulvic Complex (HFC) is the finest source of Humic and Fulvic Acids available.
2. What is HFC?
HFC is a proprietary complex of Humic and Fulvic Acids. Our high potency HFC is a concentrated, all natural, organic, time released dietary supplement containing an optimal spectrum of over 70+ bioavailable minerals/vitamins (micro and macro nutrients), antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and electrolytes, and other trace elements in their organic form.
2.5. What is the difference between Humic Fulvic Complex (HFC)
and Quantum Fulvic Complex (QFC) and can I take both?
YES. You can take both products together to optimize your nutrient absorption and your ability to detoxify chemicals and heavy metals from your body.
Fulvic is the low-molecular-weight (LMW) portion of the Humic substance and can be extracted out of the Humic to be used on its own. Fulvic is the part of the Humic that helps increase your nutrient absorption and your ability to detoxify harmful pollutants. The biggest difference between Humic and Fulvic (remember all Humic contains Fulvic), is that the Humic is what interacts with viruses. The FDA won't allow us to claim it is an antiviral, but numerous studies have reported Humic Acid's Viral Fusion Inhibition (VFI) - the process by which the Humic Acid interferes with the virus's ability to attach to a cell by putting a protective barrier over the surface of the virus. (see Viruses)
3. Is HFC and QFC safe for children?
YES. For HFC, start with 1/4 capsule or 1/2 scoop (provided in loose powder tub only) once a day for the first week. May increase to 1/4 capsule twice a day, taken approximately 12 hours apart. Estimate 4 milligrams per pound of body weight.
For liquid QFC, give 1 teaspoon for every 25 lbs. of body weight.
Be sure to provide your children with clean, non-chlorinated water! Always consult with your child’s physician before administering this product to determine the proper amount based on your child’s age and weight.
4. Is HFC safe for Pets?
YES. For the average dog or cat, sprinkle a portion of a capsule or scoop (provided in loose powder tub only) on their food daily. Estimate 4 milligrams per pound of body weight. Ie. 50lb dog would take 1/2 capsule or 2/3 of a scoop. Be sure to provide your pets with clean, non-chlorinated water! Always consult with your pet’s veterinarian before administering this product to determine the proper amount based on your pet’s age and weight.
5. Can I take HFC and QFC with other vitamins, minerals, or nutritional supplements?
YES. Both HFC and QFC should be consumed with the understanding that it will increase the beneficial nutrient uptake into the cell, and thus the effect of the supplement. If you are taking other vitamins, minerals or nutritional supplements, please make sure they are from a reputable company with a reliable source. A recent study found 1 in 3 supplements on the market are fake (see Warnings Page).
6. Can I take HFC and QFC with medications?
NO. CAUTION! Do not take HFC directly with medications! Fulvic Acid reduces the surface tension of cell membranes allowing whatever substance/s you are taking with the Fulvic Acid to penetrate into the cells more easily. Although we have never had a customer report a negative experience when taking HFC with their medications, we suggest consulting with your physician before combining them. It is recommended to take HFC at least 1 hour after taking any medications to avoid over-medicating.
7. Can I take HFC and QFC with Alcohol?
NO. Do not take HFC directly with alcohol. Fulvic Acid reduces the surface tension of cell membranes allowing whatever substance/s you are taking with the Fulvic Acid to penetrate into the cells more easily. Wait at least 1 hour after having your last drink to take HFC and QFC. Taking it before going to sleep will help flush the toxins and chemicals out of your system, so you wake feeling better!
8. What does chelate and bioavailable mean?
Chelate: to transform, biochemically bound • Bioavailable: useable, ready form
Minerals exist in two-forms: as metals and as organic substances. The human body is not designed to absorb and use minerals in metallic form. Organic minerals are metals that have been chelated and have thereby become bio-available. Fulvic Acid, which is part of the Humic substance, has the ability to chelate minerals, transforming them into an organic mineral complex that can be used by the body.
Additionally, Fulvic Acid helps make the cell wall more permeable, which allows the organic mineral complexes to pass through it more easily and perform metabolic functions that they could not in their metallic state. Through the humification process, bacteria has transformed pristine organic plant matter into broad spectrum, bio-available minerals, thus making Humic and Fulvic Acids the best source of mineralization.
9. Are all Humic and Fulvic Acids the same?
NO. Humic and Fulvic Acids are not a single consistent substance, but a highly varied and complex substance reflecting the nature of the plant vegetation of origin, and the nature of the specific species of microbes responsible for its creation during the humification process. The ratio of organic to inorganic material is also a determining factor in the quality of the end product.
While deposits of Humic Acid can be found all over the world, quality, purity, and efficacy vary greatly by source (see Warnings Page - Trusted Source). Substandard deposits may be lacking in important minerals and trace elements, may contain suboptimal amounts of Humic and Fulvic Acids, may be contaminated by veins of heavy metals or other inorganic substances, or be polluted by harmful industrial chemicals. Manufacturing and processing can also impact the efficacy, quality and purity of the final product.
Trace Botanicals® products come from the most pristine source in the world. Our North American prehistoric freshwater rainforest deposit has remained buried and preserved for millions of years, untouched since dinosaurs walked the earth. The deposit is away from pollutants and the effects of petroleum based agricultural products. Our products have been produced with the highest and most exacting manufacturing standards. It is continuously analyzed and tested by certified laboratories and universities and continues to be recognized as some of the richest Humic and Fulvic Acids in the world. Our products are never processed with heat, pressure or chemicals.
10. Why haven't I heard about these substances before?
For much of the last century, scientists didn't know it existed, couldn't detect it, and when they finally did identify it, it was so complex that they couldn't understand it.
Although Humic and Fulvic Acids are still relatively unknown in the United States, they have been used for centuries by inhabitants of remote areas such as India, China, Russia, Pakistan, and Tibet. Reports documenting the effectiveness of Humic and Fulvic Acids can be found in the Chinese Materia Medica pharmacological compendium, dating back to the 15th century Ming Dynasty. (see Scientific Studies)
Because Humic Acid is so unique and complex, it cannot be recreated in a lab, therefore it cannot be patented. We all know what happens when Big Pharma cannot own something....We don't hear about it, because they don't want you to discover its benefits.
11. Does HFC have any unpleasant side effects?
Generally NO, although people with an excessive amount of toxic build up and people with heavy viral loads or chronic viral infections may experience a mild healing crisis (mild headache or body aches) if they start with too high a dosage. A healing crisis, also known as the Herxheimer Reaction, occurs when the toxins are released faster than the body can eliminate them. To avoid a healing crisis, start with one or two capsules per day and be sure to drink plenty of pure, non-chlorinated water. You may increase the dosage after several days.
Some users with specific health challenges have reported using 3 capsules of HFC three times per day with excellent results.
12. Can I use HFC with glaucoma, heart conditions, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions?
YES. Unless your doctor prohibits you from taking it. HFC is not contraindicated for use with these medical conditions. However, if you have any concerns about whether HFC is safe for someone with your health condition, we urge you to seek advice from your physician before using this product. Your physician can offer you advice based on his or her knowledge of your current health condition.
13. Can a person with cancer or someone undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment take HFC?
YES. Unless your doctor prohibits you from taking it. HFC has remarkable properties to help strengthen and supercharge the immune system. Humic and Fulvic Acids are masters at removing toxins and heavy metals, which can help reduce the harmful side-effects of radiation treatment. HFC contains vital nutrients, minerals, amino acids and other trace elements that are required for the body to nourish cells and cleanse, neutralize, and eliminate toxins. HFC helps to oxygenate blood and bring the body out of an acidic state into a more ph-balanced alkaline state. Superior electrolytes keep an electrical current charging cells. Balancing cell life is essential to helping the body heal itself. If you have cancer, are on chemotherapy and/or receiving radiation treatments, please consult with your doctor before taking HFC.
14. How soon will I notice results?
We are all unique. Results will vary for everyone. Users have reported feeling a wave of energy run through their body within a half hour of taking the product. Others notice results in a few hours, days or even weeks.
HFC naturally prioritizes the sequences in which it addresses the body’s health challenges. You may not feel more energized if it is addressing your detox needs. Most bodies will experience the order of detoxifying, repairing, and then regulating itself.
15. Can I use HFC in my garden or on my house plants?
YES. HFC may be sprinkled on the soil. Just like our bodies, plants need Humic and Fulvic Acids. When Humic and Fulvic Acids are adequately present in the soil, they are absorbed through the roots, helping plants to obtain their complete nutrition and act as a filter for heavy metals. They capture and immobilize toxic metals, thus preventing them from traveling or having a chemical reaction within the plant.
16. Will HFC help if I still eat non-organic food, junk food, and fast food?
YES. Eating a "chemically-filled" meal is never a good idea, but often it is unavoidable. Even when we think we are making healthy choices, there are hidden chemicals within. For example, you may not always have an organic option when dining out. Instead you are presented with a salad comprised of pesticide-laced veggies and dressing that contains vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, MSG and artificial flavorings. If you order meat, you are most likely getting it from an animal raised with growth hormones, antibiotics, and possibly sulfites. Add to that a glass or two of an alcoholic beverage, and suddenly you've created a serious chemical concoction inside of your body. That chemically-filled meal can wreak havoc on your system, and make you not feel so well.
Taking HFC will help flush the chemicals and toxins out of your system. Whenever possible, we highly recommend eating local, organic, whole foods. We'd also like to see everyone become an ingredient detectives when grocery shopping. Read labels. Know what's in your food. Hidden sugars, artificial colors, sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives and high levels of sodium are often lurking in many products.
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