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Raw Materials

The Raw Materials Basic Formula – Humic and Super-Concentrated Fulvic Acid Formula

  • Humic and fulvic acids naturally carry a baseline of up to 74+ minerals, including all the trace minerals and elements. They also transport vitamins, amino acids, and phytonutrients throughout the body.
  • Humic and fulvic acids increase nutrient absorption and delivery of nutrients to the cell. They also provide electrons to charge cell membranes and help restore cellular energetics and membrane dynamics so nutrients flow in and wastes flow out.
  • Humic is especially beneficial in the GI tract for digestive health. It supports a healthy microbiome, balances fluids and electrolytes in the body, improves bowel function, and more.
  • Practitioners often use Dr. Tennant's Raw Materials to help jumpstart the natural detox functions of cells, especially in chronically ill patients. It is used to enhance individual protocols and improve absorption and utility of nutrients.

What Are Humic And Fulvic Acids?

When plant material dies, they are broken down into their basic component by fungi and bacteria. For example, when dead leaves fall from trees in the forest, they decompose. This process is driven in part by a collection of complex organic molecules called humic acids. Fulvic acid is part of the humic group and includes the molecules comprising the smallest band of molecular sizes. Fulvic acids are also the most biologically active, allowing them to reach deep tissues. All the humic acids, including fulvic acid, are important and beneficial.

Fulvic acids can be isolated from the other humic acids via different methods. For our products, we use techniques that involve only pure water, rather than harsh chemicals. Once isolated from the other humic acids, a fulvic acid solution is yellow to deep golden in color, depending on its concentration. Nonisolated humic acids are a rich, deep brownish-black. Based on appearances alone, you would expect a humic solution to taste very strong. On the contrary, when pure water is used, it has a very mild taste.


In nature and on farms that produce our food, humic and fulvic acids are naturally produced in healthy soils by beneficial microbes as organic material is broken down. Humic and fulvic acids start their journey in the soil, which will ultimately take them throughout the biosphere to support life everywhere they go – to plants, animals, and human beings. In the soil, humic and fulvic acids’ first task is to transform inorganic mineral rocks and mineral metals into their activated, ionic (water-soluble), “cell-ready” forms. This is the only mineral form that plants and humans can use. Humic and fulvic acids transport these minerals out of the soil and into the cells where they are needed in just about every metabolic process.

Humic and Fulvic Acids Are Nature’s Own Nutrient Transformation And Transportation System

Humic and fulvic acids make it possible for plants to receive the nutrition — especially minerals — they need to thrive and carry out a host of vital, life-giving functions. We rely on these microorganisms and the humic and fulvic acids they produce to be healthy and thrive as well. When we consume plants, humic and fulvic acids carry nutrients to our cells. Because fulvic acid nutrients are in their ionic “cell-ready” natural forms, our bodies have no difficulties using them immediately.

Our bodies are used to receiving these nutrients in this way. Just as plants do, humans need humic and fulvic acids along with the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, phytonutrients, and other vital nutrients they naturally carry to be healthy and thrive! 

However, U.S. crop plants contain only a fraction – as much as 80% less – of the humic substances, fulvic acid, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytochemicals, and other nutrients they contained roughly a century ago (according to a U.S. Senate Report provided by the USDA – U.S. Department of Agriculture).


Why Is This So?

Fertilizers and pesticides used in modern agricultural practices destroy or severely stunt the growth of microorganisms that produce humic and fulvic acids in the soil.

When humic and fulvic acids are not in the soils, “cell-ready” minerals are not made available to plants, and subsequently are not in our food sources. This includes all common food sources: fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats.

Even organic farming methods that protect the microorganisms deplete humic and fulvic acids, because these acids are used by plants faster than they can be replaced naturally. Some organic farmers, especially large growers, are now supplementing soils with organic agricultural humic compounds as part of a sustainable agricultural program.

Despite even the best efforts to eat a balanced diet, our food sources no longer contain the vitamins, fulvic minerals, and nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and strong.


Where Do The Best Raw Materials Come From To Make The Best Humic and Fulvic Acid Supplements?

Concentrated raw humate material used to make humic and fulvic acids can be found all over the world. However, not many sources are suitable to use in making humic and fulvic acid supplements. Raw humate deposits were formed from prehistoric plant material – primarily from the Cretaceous period – that have been compacted over time.

In the area that is today the northwest corner of New Mexico, conditions were ideal in the Cretaceous period to produce some of the highest-quality humate mineral ore in the world. This area is now called The Fruitland Formation.There are millions of acres in this pristine area, which is far from civilization and pollution. Humate mineral ore from specific areas of the Fruitland Formation carry a very high fulvic acid concentration and a desirable mineral profile essential to support optimum human health. Our tract of raw materials for this alternative health care supplement is derived from one of these areas. It meets exacting benchmarks that define a superior quality raw material, such as fulvic acid content, a desirable mineral and element profile, and absence of heavy metals that may be an issue in raw humates from other areas of the U.S.

While our humates already carry a high concentration of fulvic acid, we blend in super-concentrated fulvic acid to achieve the 70:30 ratio of fulvic to humic acid that is in Raw Material Basic Formula. This is an ideal ratio for human health. Most humic to fulvic acid ratios are a 10:90 ratio. These solutions contain very little fulvic acid.

North America During the Cretaceous Period

At the edge of the inland sea, the Fruitland Formation would develop over the course of 65 million years. Conditions were perfect to produce what is considered among the best raw humates in the world.

What Does Humic Acid Do?

Humic acid has many of the same cleansing and detoxification properties as fulvic acid. In addition, large humic acid molecules do not easily pass outside the intestine wall, which enables them to naturally provide important protection and support to the colon and intestines. Humic acid, and to a lesser extent fulvic acid, works in our intestines and colon to provide nutritional and digestive therapy.

Humic acid naturally carries the vitamins and minerals — especially trace minerals — our bodies need that are missing from our food sources. These vitamins and minerals help to prevent the need for our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals from impacted fecal material. Unfortunately, this applies to people with an acidic pH; this would be many Americans. Humic acid helps maintain the fluid and electrolyte-mineral balance of our bodies and reduces the need to absorb vitamins and minerals and all the toxins that come with them from fecal material in the colon.

Humic acid also provides intestinal cells with much-needed nutrients and helps to support a beneficial environment so cells can function at their best. Most importantly, it provides the building blocks for the production of digestive enzymes. Without an adequate amount of digestive enzymes, food is not digested properly and can become impacted and then putrefy. Bacteria, yeast, and fungus thrive in this environment and excrete toxins. All of these toxins from putrefied food and microbial secretions are absorbed back into the body as it tries to absorb missing vitamins and minerals, as well as water when we are not properly hydrated.

Humic acid also provides much-needed fiber that is missing in most diets. Humic acid is among the best fiber supplements anyone can take. Additionally, humic acid helps create a healthy microbial balance by supporting “good bacteria” with plant-based nutrition. It can also help eliminate candida, viruses, and other types of problematic microbes from the intestinal tract.

Important note: When starting a supplement containing concentrated humic acid, it is important to do so slowly. Humic acid is a powerful detoxifier, and intestinal detoxification symptoms are common if started too quickly. Most practitioners are aware of this and will advise you to start slowly. One teaspoon a day, depending on the individual, is generally advised for a week. A person can work up by adding a teaspoon a week until they reach an ounce, providing they don’t experience detox symptoms, such as diarrhea and nausea.

Cellular Energetics

Our humic and fulvic alternative health products exceed the benchmarks that define a superior-quality humic and fulvic acid nutritional health product. Some of these benchmarks include the product being highly energetic, electron-rich, and oxygenated — factors that are essential to support cellular energetics Every batch of Raw Materials Basic Formula is tested to ensure a high pH and ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential), which are all hallmarks of a highly energetic, oxygenated, and electron-rich product.

Why Is This Important?

Fulvic and humic acids in Raw Materials Basic Formula are often called “the spark of life.” Our bodies work on supplied energy. Not only do our bodies require nutrients to make energy (humic and fulvic acid deliver these), they also require voltage at the cellular level in order to fuel biochemical processes that support life (humic and fulvic acids also provide this).

Humic and fulvic acids act like miniature batteries, supplying electrons to our cells. Cell membranes need an electrical potential (charge difference between the inside and outside of the cell) to maintain membrane, thus cellular, integrity.

Fulvic and humic acids are “mini batteries” supplying electrons to the cells

Cell membranes need a charge difference between the inside and outside of the cell

A cell membrane at very high magnification

Charges donated to the cell are also used in the cell’s mitochondria (cell powerhouse) for energy production. A cell membrane’s electrical potential also ensures nutrients get inside the cell to participate in most of the biochemical processes that support life. Wastes products naturally produced in these processes are eliminated from the cell easily and do not build up.

The cell’s mitochondria is its powerhouse. Electrons are needed for energy production.

Humic and fulvic acids are potent antioxidants donating charges that neutralize damaging free radicals on contact.

ORP – Oxidation Reduction Potential

ORP is the measure of a substance's ability to supply electrons dispersed into a liquid and carry oxygen to support cellular processes and neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants are negative, and oxidants are positive.

Fulvic and Humic Acids Are Highly Energetic Molecules and Powerful Antioxidants

The ORP of the humic and fulvic acids in Raw Materials Basic Formula is over -170 mV (milliVolts). Electrons carry a negative charge, so a substance that carries electrons will have a negative ORP. The greater the negative number, the more electrons and charge a substance carries. Over -170mV is exceptionally powerful!

The ORP test results of over -170 mV denotes very strong antioxidant activity and ability to donate electrons. A -170 mV reading surpasses even the highest ORP of well-known food sources of flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants, such as blueberries and cranberries, or alkalizing foods, such as kale and spinach. 

Fulvic and Humic Acids Help Restore And Maintain Cellular Energy By
Donating Electrons To Charge The Mitochondria – The Cell’s Powerhouse

Research suggests that humic and fulvic acids and the other plant-derived substances in Raw Materials Basic Formula may work as a natural therapy to support increased levels of CoQ10 in the mitochondria (1).

Fulvic acid has been suggested to help restore and sustain cellular energy. Studies surmise that when fulvic acid is combined with CoQ10, cellular energy gains may substantially increase. In a preliminary study, the combination of CoQ10 and fulvic acid produced a 56% increase in cellular energy production in the brain, 40% more than with CoQ10 alone. In muscle there was a 144% increase, or 27% more than with CoQ10 alone (2).

Researchers have suggested that fulvic acid works to boost CoQ10's beneficial effects by:

  • Stabilizing CoQ10 in its powerful ubiquinol (reduced, electron-rich) form, thereby prolonging its action at the cellular level (3, 4)
  • Facilitating more efficient delivery of CoQ10 into the mitochondria, supporting greater cellular energy output (5)
  • Promoting mitochondrial metabolism and (for fulvic acid) protecting mitochondria against oxidative damage and reduce dangerous lipid peroxidation (6)
  • Fulvic acid helps the mitochondria convert fats and sugars into adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the body's main source of energy (5).
  • Fulvic acids also work as “electron shuttles,” augmenting CoQ10 to speed up and facilitate essential electron flow in mitochondria (7-10).


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