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The humin and humic acid components of humates are high molecular weight substances that are black, gray-black and dark brown. Humin and humic acid chemically modify the structure of soil or water, which supports healthy soil and water ecology and prepares nutrients for delivery into organic life forms. Chemical modification, as shown in Figure 2, binds minerals, amino acids, amino sugars, peptides and other nutrients for transport through the plant cell wall. This process is necessary to get soil-bound or water-bound solid nutrients into the plant in dissolved liquid form, which in turn supports the metabolism of the animal or the human consuming the plant. The high mo- lecular weight of humin and humic acid, as well as their insolu- bility at acid pH prevents humins and humic acids from passing through the plant cell membrane. Humins and humic acids, therefore, do their work outside the plant and, by default, outside the human cell. However, in a process that can perhaps be com- pared to a smaller spaceship detaching from the mothership, the low molecular weight fraction of humates, called the fulvic acid group, acts as a conduit, not only transporting the chemically bound nutrients

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whelming physical, mental and emo- tional stress, uncontrolled infections, unbalanced diet, traumatic injury, surgi- cal illness and prolonged loss of sleep. During all types of physiologic stress, human cell needs for fulvic acid increase. This makes adequate amounts of fulvic acid essential for life in the 21st century.

Fulvic Acid - C135 H182 O95 N5 S2

Figure 3

As an electrolyte, fulvic acid enhances the flow of electric- ity, thereby improving everything about human cellular metabo-

Example of a typical humic acid, having a variety of components, including quinone, phenol, catechol and sugar moietie Figure 2

through plant and human cell membranes into plant and animal cells, but participating as an integral part of the process. It is the fulvic acid group, soluble at all pH levels and light yellow to yellowish brown in color that is the “gold” for both plant and human cells. It is the fulvic acid group of humates maintained in the plant that stimulates plant growth and activates a plant’s secondary metabolism to increase CO2 uptake, generate energy and support photosynthesis. Fulvic acid passed through the plant or the animal that ate the plant has the same biologic activity inside the human cell. Fulvic acid maintained inside the human cell stimulates growth and repair and supports energy produc- tion. Fulvic acid is an essential nutrient. Besides having the lowest molecular weight, fulvic acid also has the highest oxygen content, the lowest carbon content and numerous chemically active sites, including many –COOH (carboxyl groups) and –OH (hydroxyl groups) (Figure 3), making it uniquely suited to a wide variety of functions in the human cell. Fundamentally, fulvic acid is a natural organic electrolyte, a substance that is soluble in water and capable of conducting an electrical current. It is the proper creation and maintenance of electricity, supported by electrolytes conducting electricity that maintains physical and energetic well being in all life. Ad- equate amounts of electricity are especially critical during over-

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