How a Gardener's Secret Can Transform Your Health

by Dr. David Minkoff October 25, 2017 5 min read

How a Gardener's Secret Can Transform Your Health

Those who work with the earth are some of the healthiest in modern society. The physical and mental health benefits of maintaining an abundant, lush garden are well worth your consideration, and the probiotic exposure alone could save you hundreds of dollars in supplements and doctor visits.

But what concerns us here is how gardeners have paid careful attention to what helps things grow. They watch and learn what helps living organisms thrive.

Humans, to be sure, are pretty distant to our plant cousins on the evolutionary tree, but we still share the vast majority of our cellular biology with them. How else could medicines, most of which are derived from plants, have such powerful effects on our own systems?

So certain things that help plants grow and thrive can indeed help us. And it is the gardeners that now what works best.

So what is this Gardener’s secret that might help you and me?

BodyHealth Body Detox Ingredient Spotlight Fulvic Acid Mud On Skin Health Detox

Humus (h)yo͞oməs: the (Lost) Wealth of our Soil

Organic material forms the basis of healthy soil.

The dead material of living things, plants or animals, gets returned to the soil and is decomposed by billions and billions of bacteria – many of the very same species that live in your gut. This process creates what is known as humus.

Humus is extremely rich in humic and fulvic acids. These acids are more like categories than specific molecules. They are fairly large and often form large complexes, containing many carboxyl groups dangling off their sides.

These carboxyl groups are electrically charged, so they easily form electrical bonds with other charged molecules. When a plant or other living being ingests humic or fulvic acids, the acids bring along a whole lot of other compounds that may not have otherwise made it into the system.

Things like trace minerals, vitamins, and other essential cofactors for cellular processes.

In the absence of healthy soil – which is unfortunately the rule rather than the exception in most of the industrialized world – gardeners have found that adding fulvic acid to the soil makes their plants healthier and stronger.

So what about humans?

 

Traditional Uses of Fulvic Acid

Not surprisingly, healing traditions around the world have been well-aware of the benefits of fulvic acid before they had a name for it. Many traditions prescribed the organic layer of soil as a treatment for skin rashes and eczema. Interestingly, modern scientific research has confirmed this same application for fulvic acid. [1]

Many researchers believe this is mediated by fulvic acid’s potent antioxidant, immune-stimulating, and nutrient-bringing properties.

In the Indian tradition of Ayurveda, shilajit is renowned for its vitalizing healing properties and health benefits. What the ancient Indian healers didn’t know is that shilajit is actually comprised of 50-60% fulvic acid.

Shilajit is generally prescribed to treat gut and inflammatory conditions. And again, modern scientists have found that fulvic acid can help manage the same conditions.

Power Up Immunity AND Fight Fat?

Other research has found that fulvic acid plays important roles in other diverse bodily processes.

One study found that fulvic acid stimulates the immune system and generates a more powerful immune response. [2]

And in a totally different field, another study found that when fulvic acid was added to the diet of pigs it had a profound impact on hormones and enzymes relating to fat metabolism. The end result? Less fat tissue and healthier pigs. [3]

 

Boost Your Nutrition

As mentioned above, one of the most powerful properties of fulvic acid is its’ ability to form complexes with other minerals and molecules. Fulvic acid is recognized by your body and selectively absorbed, bringing along all these other wonderful molecules it’s happened to pick up along the way. This is why it boosts plant health so well. It makes the nutrient content of the soil bioavailable to the plant.

And this is exactly how it helps your health. Studies have shown that fulvic acid boosts actually increases iron levels and nutrient uptake [4]. Another researcher found it can even help get pharmaceutical drugs more efficiently into your system, by forming similar complexes [5].

 

The Natural Detox Agent

Not only can fulvic acid help bring things into your system, it can also help to pull them out.

Those same carboxyl groups can form electrical bonds with heavy metals and toxins in your body, binding them up and carrying them out through the urine and stool. One study showed that adding fulvic acid to the diet prevented aluminum accumulation in fish and others have even used it as a filter to remove heavy metals from water sources. [6].

It is this last property that interests us at here at BodyHealth the most.

 

Your Ultimate Detox Solution

Most of us are aware that we live in an increasingly toxic environment. Untested chemicals flood our products, our living spaces, even our food supply and water. This places a heavy load on our body and whatever we can’t immediately process accumulates in our tissue and can eventually cause major problems.

Detoxing is a biologically taxing process, so to help catalyze and facilitate that process we designed Body Detox, a cutting edge combination of 21st century biochemistry and detox science. And fulvic acid is just one of our many potent ingredients to help your body remove heavy metals, pesticide residues, plastics, and all the other thousands upon thousands of other pollutants that accumulate in your body and disrupt health.*

Click here if you’d like to learn more about our approach to detox.

 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

 

  1. Gandy, J., et. al., Randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid in topical treatment of eczema. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2011; 4: 145–148.
  2. Vucskits AV, et. al., Effect of fulvic and humic acids on performance, immune response and thyroid function in rats. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2010 Dec;94(6):721-8
  3. Chang Q., et al.Effects of dietary supplementation of fulvic acid on lipid metabolism of finishing pigs. J Anim Sci. 2014 Nov;92(11):4921-6
  4. Szabó J., et. al., Effect of fulvic and humic acids on iron and manganese homeostasis in rats. Acta Vet Hung. 2017 Mar;65(1):66-80.
  5. Mirza, M., et. al., Role of humic acid on oral drug delivery of an antiepileptic drug. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, V. 37, 2011
  6. Trenfield M., et. al., Dissolved organic carbon reduces the toxicity of aluminum to three tropical freshwater organisms. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2012 Feb;31(2):427-36.
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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