About humic acid
What is HUMAC®?
HUMAC Ltd. is the producer of natural humic acids based products obtained from activated Leonardite intended for application for animals, agriculture and the environment. HUMAC® formulas are manufactured from one of the purest sources of Leonardite - a soft waxy brownish-black mineraloid located roughly 15 meters below the earth's surface. It is the result of a millions of years long humification process - the biochemical transformation of organic residues of primeval forests. It is the richest source of humic acids, its age is estimated around 30 million years.
What are humic acids?
Humic acids are formed through the humification of organic matter (mainly plant residues), they are naturally occurring heteropolymeric carboxylic acids with a very complicated structure. They are cyclic compounds of aromatic character containing mainly carboxyl and hydroxyl groups, but also carbonyl, quinone and semiquinone groups. Aside from being ion exchangers of a reductive character, they can form different chemical bonds with a wide array of organic and inorganic substances. Simply put, humic acids contain numerous functional groups that can chemically and physically react with natural and human made substances found in our every-day environment. They have the ability to adjust pH levels, bind toxic metals and other toxic compounds (i.e. microbial toxins, mycotoxins, phytotoxins, ammonium, PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, PCP, etc.) into stable compounds and excreting them from the organism or minimizing their bioavailability and mobility in the environment.
Positive impacts of humic acids on animal health
Humic acids have been a topic of research for a few decades now, their positive effects on animal health have been well documented in numerous academic publications. Their positive impacts include and are not limited to the following benefits:
They bind different types of inorganic and organic toxins into stable insoluble complexes
removing them from the organism. Humic acids are ion exchangers and can release necessary microelements such as Fe, Cu, Co, Mn, Mo.
They can bind some viruses and prevent them from replicating.
They activate immunocompetent cells, thereby increasing the organism's defenses.
They activate the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which suppress inflammation.
They restore the electrolytic balance of cells (especially intestinal), thus protecting them from damage.
They support the development of beneficial microflora and suppress pathogenic and conditionally pathogenic microflora.
They have strong reducing properties, thus preventing undesired oxidation and the formation of free radicals, which they are able to eliminate.
They have a good buffering capacity, therefore they maintain a stable pH level in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).
Positive impacts of humic acids in plant production
In plant production, humic acids significantly contribute to increasing soil fertility by improving the soil structure and conditions for the development of microorganisms, increasing the sorption and buffering capacity of the soil, and adjusting water management. At the same time, they optimize the use of nutrients by plants and reduce the uptake of toxic substances by plants and their fruits. Generally, trials on root vegetables as well as specialty crops have resulted in higher yields and improved quality parameters of crops.
The secret of HUMAC®
Leonardite. It is also a valuable source of more than 90 naturally occurring macro and micro nutrients and trace elements in a chelated bond, which allows easy absorption of these elements by living organisms. They are extremely important for the proper functioning of the nervous system and the overall harmony of the body. At present, very few foods or nutritional supplements have such a high content of microelements such as HUMAC. The spectrum of use of humic acids, whether in plant production, animal husbandry, veterinary practice or human medicine, is truly wide and offers one of the ways to reduce the currently relatively high consumption of antibiotics, chemotherapeutics, mineral fertilizers and other drugs or chemical amendments.