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The Black Water craze is hitting the markets like a bat out of “bleep”! 

The beverage is said to be healthy, containing Fulvic and humic acid plus minerals and electrolytes.

You can even find this enriched drink in the health food section of most grocers.


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Let’s take a Closer Look

The name of one black water beverage is blk. Pronounced (bee • el • kay) with a label that reads Alkaline Fulvic Trace Mineral Infused Water. It comes in a seemingly black ebony bottle with a choice of sizes, 8 fluid ounces or 15.9 fluid ounces .

Upon opening the bottle you’ll discover that the bottle isn’t black, but it’s the water. The beverage doesn’t have the pristine clear color of regular bottled water. Instead, the beverage looks similar to flat cola or strong dark coffee.

A Mind Game

bottle of blk and wine glass

Now swallowing the beverage is a mind game. You’ll sit with the drink in hand and imagine it contains grit and grime. And when it comes time to take a sip, it can be hard to swallow.

This is because most of us associate water as clean and pure; never murky or black. Water that’s dark generally contains dirt or foul tasting minerals like sulfur. So be prepared for your mind to play and endless game that says ‘Yuk, this is very bad’.

Your brain will still play games even after you taste this strange black beverage. Most people expect a strong body and bouquet. Not so! The blk. flavor is similar to water with a very slight mineral aftertaste.


However, if you take a look at some of the reviews, you’ll find that many people state that it tastes absolutely horrible. Quite frankly, I think their mind cannot handle the color. If the color is horrid then the taste must be to, right? Well, not always. In truth, blk. doesn’t really taste like anything.

Other Black Water Brands

Blk. is not the only black water on the market! This odd colored beverage hit the shelves back in 2011. Blackwater was first to hit the market and then blk. came out soon after. ECLIPSE is another black water brand mostly popular in trendy Vegas nightclubs. All three brands market basically the same thing; a black colored natural spring water with added fulvic and humic acids.

What is Fulvic Acid?

humic substancesIt’s the fulvic acid that gives blk. its color. But there is more to the story.

According to Wikipedia, humic and fulvic acid are commonly used as soil supplements in agriculture, and are less commonly used as a human nutritional supplements. However, many experts agree that these ‘soil amendments’ are good for you.

Soil supplement, what the bleep? Does that mean that fulvic acid is utilized as a fertilizer? If so, why on earth would anyone say it’s a natural and healthy supplement?

I must add that ‘why on earth’ seems to be the perfect saying for humic and fulvic acid.

The three main fractions of humic substances in soils and sediments are humic acids, fulvic acid and humin. Humic substances are formed by the microbial degradation of dead plant matter.

An Even Closer Look

Fulvic acid is a humic substance; a main element of organic matter. As a component of soil, fulvic acid is released during the decomposition process. It is during this process that millions of helpful microbes are released.

To many experts, fulivic acid is thought of as one of the most chemically active compounds in soil. It is believed to contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, ketones, fatty acids and hormones. Some of the said health benefits include:

  • Boost energyblack water in glass
  • Treat neural pain
  • Encourage cell life
  • Increase circulation
  • Improve endurance
  • Increase metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support brain function
  • Boost the immune system
  • Help degenerative diseases
  • Regulate hormone production

Concerns and Possible Unhealthy Derivatives

One of the biggest health concerns about humic and fulvic acid is its derivative. Some fulvic acid may be produced in soil that is laden with unhealthy deposits such as cadmium, lead, bromine and fluoride.

These metals and substances can play havoc on your health. There may be numerous side effects like cancer, respiratory problems and toxicity to various organs and tissues including the heart, reproductive and nervous systems, bones, kidneys and intestines.

For a recent study see ScienceDirect’s write-up: Cadmium, lead, and copper binding to humic acid and fulvic acid extracted from an ombrotrophic peat bog

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With today’s different farm methods, much of our soil is deleted and devoid of innumerable nutrients like humic and fulvic acid.

Without organic farm methods, most of our fruits and vegetables lack nutrients to sustain health.  

In honesty, adding humic and fulvic acid to beverages such as black water may be one of the many solutions to regaining a high quality diet. However, before purchasing in this mind blowing drink, I would read the label and make sure the humic and fulvic acids are derived from organic sources. 

Moreover, you can find organic tinctures of humic and fulvic acid. The concentrates can be added to filtered water or other beverages. They are Non-Irradiated and contain no chemicals, flavorings, preservatives, or sweeteners. Some concentrates also have electrolytes and essential aminos. Fulvic Acid Tincture

Disclaimer: The statements enclosed herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Before starting any diet, seek expert advice.



Picture credit

Bottle of blk: Joelk75 via photopin cc
Bottle of blk and wine glass: Joelk75 via photopin cc
Lake high in humic substances: MarioQA via photopin cc
Humic substances in soil: FortGirl via photopin cc
Black water in cup: Nicola since 1972 via photopin cc
Black water in glass with stir stick: wallyg via photopin cc


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7 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    I tried BLK water once, but wasn’t sold on the purported health benefits. Looks like there’s ample reason to remain skeptical. I’m grateful for your insights on this and similar products!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Hannah

      I am so glad to hear that you know about BLK water. Yes, I remain skeptical myself. I think it might be beneficial (and I emphasize the word might) it would definitely depend on the source and where it came from. There are so many factors.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Mary says:

      High Hannah

      Yes, it is debatable whether or not it’s healthy. I think it would depend on where the water came from. And then there is still question on the ingredients. TY for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Black water may be a scam but the benefits of fulvic acid are proven. visit this site and you will find a lot of research material published by respected academics.

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