Health Trend Alert: Black Water
Many products on the market claim to enhance the quality and nutritional benefits of pure, good ol’ fashioned H2O. From Vitamin Water, which can contain more than 30 grams of sugar per bottle, to Smart Water and Propel Fitness Water, both enhanced by electrolytes, specialized water often contains potassium and several other minerals. Specialized water is also a hot commodity on the market. Meaning, there’s a lot of hype surrounding those charcoal-colored bottles.
But now, there’s a thing called black water. While black water has been around for several years, it was recently discussed by the lifestyle expert hosts on an episode of the short-lived talk show FABLife. I had never heard of the stuff before so, naturally, I was intrigued. Can you really make water any better than it already is? What exactly is black water? More importantly, is it safe to drink, is it really healthy and is it worth the hype?
What Is It?
Black water is water infused with fulvic acid. Other common ingredients include humic acid, various minerals, and electrolytes.
How Does It Taste?
You might expect an earthy or metallic flavor considering all of the minerals in the water and the color, but according to many resources (including the FABLife hosts), black water tastes exactly like regular water. Mystery solved!
Black water contains fulvic acid, used in agriculture as a soil supplement. Fulvic acid purportedly boosts the immune system, increases energy and metabolism and brings nutrients into cells.
Humic acid is another component of black water. Much like fulvic acid, it is commonly used as a soil supplement composed of dead plant matter found abundantly in the ground. But humic acid is also naturally found in bodies of water like lakes, streams, and oceans.
This brand of black water has a fulvic acid blend which, according to the product description via Amazon, “allows for the fast absorption of over 77 different trace minerals and elements, powerful electrolytes, and antioxidants.”
Here’s a little trivia for you. What’s the connection between the brand blk and the Real Housewives of New Jersey? Albie and Chris Manzo, sons of cast member Caroline Manzo, are two of the faces behind the product. But they were sued by another black water company named Creative Thinkers, who have a different version of the story of how black water was developed.
Among its 20 ingredients, Trace, another brand of black water, includes Zinc, Boron, Manganese, and Strontium. Trace claims that the minerals in its water can “improve, build and strengthen the body.”
Is It Worth It?
The jury is still out on whether or not black water, though very trendy and catchy with its cool packaging, is as good as it claims to be.
A 2-pack of blk water, in particular, can cost you $9 on Amazon. Compare that to the price of your ordinary gallon of regular water.
How Good Is It For You?
Though the beneficial properties of fulvic acid, in particular, are known, there isn’t much evidence to support that it’s the miracle some companies claim it to be, or that it’s even necessary to drink in the first place, according to Dr. Christine Gerbstadt. In an interview with Self, she said that fulvic acid and humic acid are not required–in humans.