Carbohydrate derived fulvic acid

Fulvic acid, not to be confused with folic acid, is a by-product of micro-organisms found in humus, organic material that is formed by the decomposition of plant and animal material. It is the fulvic acids (that have high energy properties  ̶  partly due to latent solar energy originating from the process of photosynthesis during the original plant’s life) in your compost pile that feed your garden. Large amounts of fulvic acids cause the cellular biochemical reactions of plants to speed up and the enzymes in the plant show an increased level of activity. In short, fulvic acids energise cell life.  It is this energising property that is so valuable in the healing process.


Fulvic acid has a long history as a complementary medicine. However, the problem has always been that the benefits of environmentally sourced fulvic acid are often compromised by environmental toxins and high levels of heavy metals that render it unsafe for human use. According to the The MD of Fulvimed, Stefan Coetzee ‘CHD-FA is derived from a carbohydrate source, and is totally clear of heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants usually found in other forms of fulvic acid.’

CHD-FA can be manufactured from a pure carbohydrate source using pure water and medical grade oxygen and is safe for medicinal, cosmetic and food use in both humans and animals.


Anti – inflammatory

A study¹ carried out on rats at the University of Pretoria indicated that CHD-FA has an anti-inflammatory effect by neutralising free radicals. The rate of reduction in the inflammation as a result of the rats ingesting CHD-FA was equivalent to that of Indamethacin, an effective, but toxic, anti-inflammatory that is often used to treat burn victims.


Antibiotic overuse, as well as the incompletion of prescribed courses, has created a generation of resistant bacteria that, once they have invaded our bodies, just refuse to go away. Research² exploring the combination of CHD-FA and now ineffective medications reveals that a synergy between the two was created that successfully eliminated resistant bacteria.

When put to a tough test and administered on its own to combat the ‘super-bug’ methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a mighty microbe that has become a major concern for hospitals worldwide, CHD-FA proved to be an extremely efficient anti-bacterial.³ This proved to be the case in all further anti-bacterial studies.


Viruses are microscopic organisms that replicate within the cells of animals and plants and subsequently cause disease. Such diseases can range from the common cold and influenza to Epstein Barr’s disease, herpes and hepatitis, to name but a few.

An in vitro study performed at the University of Pretoria showed CHD-FA to be fast and effective in treating feline herpes⁴. CHD-FA is also extremely efficient in treating other herpes strains (oral and genital) as well as other viruses.


Not all fungi are beneficial. Some are toxic and often cause diseases that can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. Examples include: aspergillus (can cause cancer); zygomycetes (can cause serious external skin infections and internal infections along the gastrointestinal tract); and candida, of which there are many species with the most common one causing vaginal infections.

As with many strains of bacteria, many candida species are resistant to drugs. Studies carried out at the Fungiscope in Cologne in Germany, however, showed that none tested were resistant to CHD-FA. Further research⁵ proved CHD-FA’s efficacy against aspergillus.


Research at the School of Dentistry at Glasgow University indicates that CHD-FA breaks down the cell wall of disease-causing bacterial and fungal pathogens. Additional early research suggests that CHD-FA acts as an entry-inhibitor to viruses; in other words viruses are prevented from entering target cells and are therefore unable to replicate.  Thanks to its strong anti-oxidant properties, CHD-FA is also seen as a successful anti-ageing agent.

There is no doubt that CHD-FA is one of the most exciting developments in the natural health arena. Its safety, efficacy and versatility make it a ‘must have’ for your home medicine shelf.


  1. Vrey P. The anti-inflammatory properties of a new fulvic acid product derived from a safe carbohydrate food source and administered by gavage, using the carrageenan-induced rat paw oedema model. Department of Pharmacology, University of Pretoria. 16 October 2006. Available on the World Wide Web:
  2. Fernandes A, et al. An in vitro investigation of the antimicrobial activity of a novel, carbohydrate derived fulvic acid. Department of Pharmacology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria. Available on the World Wide Web: href=””>
  3. Assessment of the in vivo efficacy of CHD-FA (Carbohydrate derived fulvic acid) in a murine model of disseminated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. 22 October 2008. Available on the World Wide Web:
  4. In vitro efficacy of CHD-FA against feline herpes. University of Pretoria Report. September 2008. Available on the World Wide Web:
  5. In vivo efficacy of CHD-FA against disseminated Aspergillosis. March 2009. Available on the World Wide Web:

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Carbohydrate derived fulvic acid

Daleen Totten
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- As editor, publisher and founding member of Natural Medicine Magazine, Daleen believes that natural medicine is more than taking a pill for an ill philosophy. It also encompasses nutrition, lifestyle, spiritual health, exercise, and emotional and mental well-being. She is an entrepreneur and director of various companies including Natural Medicine World, Natural Medicine Market, Dreamcatcher Publications, Dreamcatcher Trade and AromAfrique. She has a passion for knowledge and strives to share the work of the brightest minds and biggest hearts in healing. She is the mother of three children.