“Black water” is a term that describes water that contains fulvic acid (FvA) and sometimes otherminerals or vitamin additives. Black water is also known by other names, such as “fulvic water” and “natural mineral alkaline water”. Black water has higher pH and alkalinity, making it less acidic than most bottled drinking water or tap water. Black water has been getting a lot of attention from health conscious people, naturopaths, and scientific research for its purported health benefits (in addition to the hydration we all need).
There are many studies on the benefits of fulvic acid (the active component of black water) for many health conditions. While studies are ongoing, current research shows that fulvic acid has promise for improved health and reduced disease. Studies suggest that fulvic acid may:
• Improve gut health by facilitating the growth of good gut bacteria.
• Facilitate absorption of electrolytes.
• Facilitates delivery and absorption of minerals to cells.
• Have antioxidant properties that may reduce free radical damage and inflammation that are the leading causes of many diseases.
• Safeguard against Alzheimer’s disease and possibly other degenerative brain disorders by inhibiting the tangle formation of tau filaments (also called “tau fibrils”), which are tangles of proteins that scientists have identified as a major factor contributing to neurodegeneration.
• May be useful for the prevention of allergic diseases.
• Illicit and lengthen the duration of immune response.
• Increase testosterone levels, total sperm count and sperm motility in male subjects.
FULVIC ACID IN NATURAL MEDICINE
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IS BLACK WATER SAFE?
It may take a little adjustment to get used to the dark tint of black water, but it is safe to drink. Black water producers add fulvic acid to water, so a better question is “Where does the water come from and is fulvic acid safe?
Natural spring water is thought to be the cleanest, healthiest water to drink because it undergoes a natural filtration process which removes impurities. Spring water is also rich in trace minerals. Spring water comes from underground aquifers – a water-saturated layer of rock and sediment beneath the earth’s crust. Natural springs occur when the aquifer overflows and reaches the earth’s surface as a spring. Artesian wells are sometimes drilled and rely on pressure in the aquifer for the water to rise to the earth’s surface. In essence, an Artesian well coaxes a spring to form.
Fulvic acid alone in moderate doses appears to be safe according to several studies. A 2016 study “The Human Skeletal Muscle Transcriptome in Response to Oral Shilajit Supplementation” found “no adverse effect related to the dietary supplement”. Shilajit is the main source of fulvic acid. A 2015 study evaluating the effects of Shilajit on testosterone levels also reported no adverse effects at 250mg twice daily as did a study on Shilajit’s effects on spermatogenic activity.