Laboratory Testing of Market Leading Fulvic Acid Products

All of our products and those of the market leading brands have been validated for fulvic acid content, purity and potency using third party independent laboratory analysis and testing.

Products were sent to the laboratory with original seals intact along with a chain of custody document. Products were either purchased from supplier's website or over the counter.

There are two laboratory methods for testing fulvic acid content:
  1. Verploegh and Brandvold (V & B) Test Method - The Verploegh and Brandvold method quantifies both humic and fulvic acid and is a quick, cost effective, and easy test to perform. It does not go through purification of the chemical reagents used to separate the humic and fulvic acids. This results in various inaccuracies that can produce inflated fulvic acid content readings since amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates and lignin sulfates are all lumped in with the quantification.
  2. Butler (Larry G Butler - LGB) Test Method - Until the emergence of the standardized Lamar method in 2015, this has been the most accurate of all testing methods for fulvic acid and may still hold promise since the results produced, with regards to fulvic acid content, are somewhat similar to the Lamar method.

No laboratory data substantiating claims of Fulvic Acid content could be found on any competitor websites or in other materials supplied by the companies as indicated below.

Conclusion

The product with the highest fulvic acid content is Life Elixir's with an average of 17.7% fulvic acid content over the two tests. This product has 3.25 times the fulvic acid content of the second place product which has an average of 5.4% fulvic acid content.

Competitor Product Comparison Tables, including Laboratory Analysis Test Results

Table 1 - General Information

This table shows:
  • Only one brand, Life Elixir (#1), has made independent scientific laboratory data on their products available for inspection.
  • One brand, Trace Minerals Research (#2), uses a preservative, to maintain its stability against microbial proliferation.

Position Supplier Source Product
Name
Lot
Number
Laboratory
Data
Available
Preservatives
#1 Life
Elixir
Shale Fulvic
Trace
Minerals
111414 YES None
#2 Trace
Minerals
Research
Salt
Lake
Fulvic
Acid
250mg
4053A No Potassium
Sorbate
#3 Mother
Earth
Labs
Leonardite Fulvic
Liquid
Minerals
400x
No Lot
Number
No None
#4 Optimally
Organic
Shale Fulvic
Ionic
Trace
Minerals
350x
No Lot
Number
No None
#5 Humalife Leonardite Humalife
Fulvic
No Lot
Number
No None
#6 Manna
Life
(Bio-Ag)
Leonardite Wu Jin San WJSN009 No None

Table 2 - Fulvic Acid Content

Measured fulvic acid content vs claimed fulvic acid content.

This table shows that according to the independent laboratory tests:
  • Life Elixir is #1 for fulvic acid content, having an average score of 3.25 times fulvic acid per ml as the next highest fulvic acid concentration product.
  • Only one brand, Life Elixir (#1), fulvic acid content claims are accurate.
  • All other brands have exaggerated their claims of fulvic acid content between a factor of 2 and 33 times.

Position Supplier Fulvic
Acid
Content
V & B
Method
Fulvic
Acid
Content
LGB
Method
Fulvic
Acid
Content
Average
of the
Two
Methods
Claimed
Fulvic
Acid
Content
Claim
Rating
A-B-C-D
*1
#1 Life
Elixir
29.83%
298,300 ppm
5.59%
55,900 ppm
17.71%
177,100
ppm
12% - 18% A
#2 Trace
Minerals
Research
10%
100,000 ppm
0.828%
8,280 ppm
5.414%
54,414 ppm
25% C
#3 Mother
Earth
Labs
5.88%
58,880 ppm
2.7688%
27,688 ppm
4.3244%
43,244 ppm
40% D
#4 Optimally
Organic
8.75%
87,500 ppm
0.0223%
223 ppm
4.3862%
43,862 ppm
#1 Rated
"Off The
Charts"
C
#5 Humalife 2.65%
26,500ppm
0.3664%
36,640 ppm
1.5082%
15,082 ppm
3% B
#6 Manna
Life
(Bio-Ag)
0.36%
3,600 ppm
0.008821%
88.21 ppm
0.18%
1,800 ppm
6% D

Notes

*1 - Ratings: A = Best, D = Worst

Table 3 - Fulvic Acid Product Value


This table shows that according to the independent laboratory tests:
  • The #1 brand for fulvic acid concentration, Life Elixir, is only marginally below first place for best value of both 'average fulvic acid content' and the more accuarte LGB. However, using the more accurate LGB method of measuring fulvic acid content, Life Elixir's product tops the table.
  • The bottom 3 brands, including Optimally Organic, which has some the highest fulvic acid customer feedback scores on amazon.co.uk, is less than half the value of Life Elixir's products.

Position Supplier Bottle
Size
Price
incl P&P
*2
(GBP)
Serving
Size
"LGB Method"
Fulvic Acid
Amount
per
Serving
"LGB Method"
Price per
100mg of
Fulvic Acid
(GBP)
"Average
Method"
Fulvic Acid
Amount
per
Serving
"Average
Method"
Price per
100mg of
Fulvic Acid
(GBP)
#1 Life
Elixir
50ml £59.97 0.5ml
7 drops
28.0mg £2.15 88.6mg £0.68
#2 Trace
Minerals
Research
59ml £18.84 1ml
15 drops
8.3mg £3.86 54.4mg £0.59
#3 Mother
Earth
Labs
120ml £32.99 0.8ml
12 drops
22.2mg £1.20 34.6mg £0.77
#4 Optimally
Organic
60ml £43.95 0.5ml
7 drops
0.1mg £328.48 21.9mg £1.67
#5 Humalife 100ml £33.03 3.5ml
52 drops
12.8mg £11.06 52.8mg £2.69
#6 Manna
Life
(Bio-Ag)
946ml £36.03 30ml 2.6mg £76.90 54.0mg £3.77

Notes

*2 - Prices including shipping and currency exchange rates are as at 17-Dec-2017. All product prices were obtained from supplier's website or amazon.co.uk.

Table 4 - Supplier Websites and Product Pages

We are more than happy to provide you with links to our competitors' websites for your own research:

Position Supplier Supplier's
Website
#1 Life
Elixir
first4minerals.com
#2 Trace
Minerals
Research
traceminerals.com
#3 Mother
Earth
Labs
motherearthlabs.com
#4 Optimally
Organic
optimallyorganic.com
#5 Humalife humalifeproducts.com
#6 Manna
Life
(Bio-Ag)
wujinsan.us