Humic acids

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Humic acids

(Science: chemical) Allomelanins found in soils, coals, and peat, resulting from the decomposition of organic matter, particularly dead plants. They are a mixture of complex macromolecules having polymeric phenolic structures with the ability to chelate metals, especially iron. (merck index, 11th ed)

Pharmacological action: chelating agents.

chemical name: humic acids