The Science Behind Humic Acid’s Amazing Antiviral Properties
In these uncertain times many people are asking us if Humic Acid – a substance with clinically proven antiviral properties – should be considered with renewed interest.
In this article we discuss the science behind Humic acid’s potent antiviral effects. Most of the information provided is taken from an interview conducted by Focus Allergy Research Group with Richard J Laub, MS, PhD, CChem, FRSC. Dr. Laub is a renowned chemist and a Humic acid expert with nearly 150 peer-reviewed published research papers.
What is Humic Acid?
Humic acid is a remarkable healing substance with high mineral and micronutrient content, and potent antiviral properties, which is extracted from ancient soil deposits. Humic acid is broken down into Fulvic acid in the human gut – which is a much smaller molecule that can better deliver nutrients to the cells and remain soluble at any pH level.
How Humic / Fulvic Acid Naturally Fights Viruses
According to Dr. Laub, Fulvic acid binds so strongly to viruses that it can actually displace them from a cell’s surface – even after the virus has attached itself to the surface of a cell. Put another way, he states that “Humic acid has a greater affinity for the virus than the virus does for the host cell.”
Dr. Laub gives the example of an in vitro study he conducted in 1998 in which herpes simplex viruses were allowed to attach to host cells – and then Humic acid was added to the solution. The Humic acid actually displaced the herpes viruses from the infected cell surfaces.
How Humic Acid Binds to Viruses
Humic acid is flexible, because it is comprised of many chains of molecules – which Dr. Laub describes as a series of interconnected wagon wheels. The “spokes” go from one wagon wheel (molecule) to the next. And this flexibility is what gives Humic acid its antiviral properties.
Because of its size and flexibility, Humic acid turns out to be a “broad-spectrum” antiviral that can bind to many different viruses. This is because Humic acid’s many “wagon wheels” contain many different and specific groups of atoms, each of which binds to different viruses.
When Humic acid binds to the virus it does so through hydrogen bonding. You may remember from science class that positive atoms attract negative atoms – which is the same force that holds DNA together. Humic acid is somewhat unique in that it carries both positive and negative charges. So humic acid bonds to more viruses, and does so more strongly, than the viruses bond to our body’s cells.
Viruses have really sticky sites on them – like Velcro – that enable them to stick to body cells, and invade them. But Humic acids is also like a really sticky piece of Velcro. So, when Humic acid and a virus cell come in contact they bind together very strongly – like two pieces of Velcro.
Clinical research has demonstrated that highly flexible Humic acid can bind to a wide range of viruses, including influenza, Herpes (HSV), HIV, Ebola, Hantavirus and more.
How Antiviral Humic Acid “Neutralizes” Viruses
When a virus attaches to a body cell’s receptor, the virus pokes a hole in the body cell and inserts its own DNA into it. The virus DNA uses the cell’s “machinery” to replicate itself and create more viruses, which then go on to bind to (and infect) other cells.
But when Humic acid is introduced – because it is “stickier” – it binds to the virus so the virus can’t attach to the body cells. Therefore the virus can’t reproduce itself. And since the virus can’t proliferate into large numbers, the body’s immune system can eliminate the small number of viruses, without being overwhelmed. And, when not allowed to reproduce themselves, most flu viruses die out in 36 to 48 hours.
What Does This Mean for Humic Acid as an AntiViral?
We cannot and do not make any representations about Humic Acid’s potential to help fight specific viruses. However, Dr. Laub concludes that because of Humic acid’s broad-spectrum antiviral action it is likely to work on many viruses we carry – including those that have not yet been identified. In fact, he reiterated that he personally takes Humic acid daily and has not had a single cold or flu since 2004.
Only scientific studies will definitively prove which specific viruses Humic acid will be effective at preventing or treating. However, in light of Humic acid’s amazing broad-spectrum antiviral properties, immune support functions, and overall general health and wellness benefits, it is easy see why so many people have incorporated this 100% natural supplement into their daily health regimen.
This information is taken from an article originally posted on the website of Clinical Education, a nonprofit healthcare education organization.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as general information only and is not intended to be used as medical advice. While the many benefits of Fulvic acid are well documented through clinical research, we are not representing that Fulvic acid is a cure for any disease. Only your treating physician can determine if Fulvic acid may be a beneficial part of your personal healthcare regimen.