1. What's the difference between Fulvic acid, Cliptlolite and the product if you've heard of it Shilajit -
Clinoptilolite is the most commonly mined natural zeolite, followed by chabazite and mordenite. These are rocks that are extracted with strong acids like sulfuric acid --they contain NO fulvic acid or organic matter. Zeolite is good for a short term detox but has none of the attributes of fulvic.
Schilajit is a mined humate from India -- they make ridiculous claims like; 60% fulvic acid content (see attached analysis - we tested the best Schilajit on the market) --the real FA content is 10% in their powder -- our powder (made from the liquid that you purchase) tests for more than 22% consistently and that is with the new standardized method of testing. (see attached).
They also claim it is not chemically extracted -- but when you look at their content analysis (see attached) you find more than 90,000 ppm (part per million) potassium and more than 50,000 ppm chloride. There is not a single humate deposit in the world that would deliver 90,000 ppm potassium or 50,000 ppm ... any chemistry student can tell you that these numbers represent the use of potassium chloride somewhere in their process.
2. Does your product need to be refrigerated and I've heard if mixed with water can expire in 4-5 weeks but yours is in liquid form?
Yes it is in liquid form and we have a powder form -- the liquid or powder will stay stable for more than 5 years at room temperature -- we have tested 9 years old samples with no loss of content or increase in microbes. Of course if you mix it with water the pH changes to around 6 -8 at that pH you will get some kind of microbial activity within 10 days or so.
3. Also read Fulvic/Humic acid should be cycled because it can cause a B3 deficiency and other mineral deficiencies. Somewhere it was suggested 1 month on and 4 months off but my husband takes it right through? This may be true of humic acids since they could bind some types of vitamins making them hard to absorb ... but fulvic acid would not produce this effect -- in fact it would increase absorption of all nutrients -- this is one of the most well known benefits of fulvic.
4. Some suggest it be taken by body weight but yours suggests 5 drops twice a day? The serving size IS based on the average weight of an adult of 150 lbs. 1 drop for every 15 lbs of body weight. Taking a bit more or less will not be of any consequence. It is up to the customers we supply as to how they choose to list the serving.
5. I read Fulvic/Humic acid should taste bitter/smokey and not metallic (which I think yours has a metallic taste and have tried other that taste the same). But one distributor suggested a metallic taste could indicate poorer quality, what are you thoughts on this? I know you've had yours tested as mentioned on your website so I'm not sure the other distributor is just not trying to make a sale via their website scare tactics.
The higher the mineral content the more mineral like the taste -- in nature fulvic acid appears in two forms -- the fulvate form (bound to mineral) and the free form (the reactive form). Our product contains both since it is made from a naturally occurring humate deposit. The higher the fulvate mineral content the higher the fulvic acid content. So a product has no taste would be virtually void of fulvic acids. Ask these distributors to supply you with a fulvic acid analysis that has been conducted with the new standardized method -- for the most part you will ignored. Some folks for lack of abetter word describe the tatse as metallic - but minerally is more accurate.
6. I know most natural products such as these contain some form of heavy metals but others provide lab results for metal content as to abide by specifically California Prop 65? Do you also provide something like that for consumers as proof of testing?
See the attached prop 65 statement. the per serving amount fall far below the prop 65 harbor limits.
7. Years ago my husband and I were taking another Fulvic acid supplement that came with a warning not to take it with tap water, to drink it through a glass straw (because it would turn your teeth brown and it did!) but yours doesn't suggest that, however we just put a few drop under our tongue because my husband said he read that yours could be taken this way? Your thoughts?
Our product is a concentrate and should be mixed with juice or pure water. Chlorinated water should be avoided whether you take fulvic or not --it is unhealthy!
There is one study that showed fulvic acid from a particular water source had caused mutagens to form when mixed with chlorinated water -- however when they repeated the experiment with another source of fulvic they could not reproduce those results -- the first results used an impure form of fulvic so in the end other ingredients in the fulvic acid smple could have been the culprit.