Is there anything more refreshing than an ice-cold bottle of spring water? We keep our fridge stocked with Fiji, Smartwater, Pellegrino, Hint watermelon, and Perrier lime AT ALL TIMES. They all taste a little different, they all have something different to offer, and they’re all absolutely delicious.
But there is one other water that, for the past few years, has intrigued us a bit: blk.water.
This water is black. Not just the name. Not just the bottle. The actual water. Black in color. Pretty much the opposite of what you think of when you imagine a cold refreshing drink.
Want to know what’s in it? Curious why it claims to have more health benefits than the hundreds of other bottled waters in the world?
Today we’re answering the question that a lot of people want to know:
blk. water: is it legit?
What is blk. water?
We first heard about blk. water about 8 or 9 years ago while watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey. If you’re a fan of that show, then you know the Manzos and Lauritas were involved with the company for some time (they no longer are). Over the years, we kind of forgot about it, but apparently, people are still drinking it and still claiming to reap its benefits.
blk. water is black because it’s full of fulvic minerals. These fulvic minerals are added to clear water, turning the water black without the need to add any color or dye.
blk. water contains electrolytes and traces of over 77 minerals found deep in the natural earth. It also has a slightly higher than normal alkaline level.
The company claims that these elements combined help to balance the body’s pH levels and deliver nutrients to the cells faster than regular water. The blk. website defines it as “The power of a sports drink. The purity of water.”
What’s In blk. water?
So what exactly is in it?
blk. water contains fulvic minerals, humic acid, electrolytes, amino acids, 8.0+ alkaline levels, and antioxidants.
Fulvic minerals are basically condensed plant matter created when said plant matter decays. Some people take fulvic supplements in the form of powder or pills.
Humic acid also results from the decomposition of plant materials. It’s a mixture of different acids, and it’s what makes soil and dirt nutrient-rich.
Electrolytes refer to sodium, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals that are necessary to keep the body balanced, keep the nerves and muscles functioning, and keep you hydrated.
Amino acids form proteins in the body that are needed to break down food, repair body tissue, and help the body to grow.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals, which can do damage to the cells.
The 8.0+ alkaline level makes this water more alkalized than other waters. High alkaline levels can help the body neutralize acid and maintain the proper pH balance.
Overall, the company claims that blk. water is a better way to hydrate. In addition to their original spring water, they also a variety of flavored versions designed to boost your immune system, give you more energy, and soothe your mood.
What’s Not in It?
If you want to try blk. water for its potential health benefits, you can rest assured that it’s free of sugar, carbs, calories, and caffeine. It has none of those.
Do you know what else it doesn’t have? FDA approval.
In all fairness, the lack of FDA approval doesn’t mean it doesn’t do what it claims. The FDA does not approve (or even review) dietary supplements of any type. But it’s worth noting if you’re only willing to ingest things that the U.S. government deems as safe.
How is it Supposed to Be Good For You?
blk. water claims to offer a variety of health benefits. Here’s how its various components contribute to your body and your health.
Fulvic minerals supposedly can help your body absorb and break down nutrients. It’s also believed that fulvic acid can help transport those nutrients faster throughout the body.
Most bottled waters have a pH of 7. blk. water has an alkaline level of pH 8.0 or more. Supposedly, water that is more alkaline increases energy and improves metabolism, among other things. (But the human body has its own ways of keeping pH levels where they need to be).
Amino acids are essential for maintaining healthy muscles and a functioning immune system. We ingest them every day through a variety of different foods, such as meat, eggs, soy and dairy products.
You lose electrolytes when you sweat. It’s important to replace those electrolytes so that you can stay hydrated and feel refreshed.
Antioxidants are also essential in combating the free radicals that can damage the body. They are also an important component of having healthy skin and an overall strong immune system.
With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why so many people are convinced that this high alkaline water with its fulvic minerals can be good for the body. But is it really doing what it claims, or is it simply having a placebo effect?
What Doctors (and Skeptics) Have to Say
Doctors, scientists, skeptics, and critics alike seem to agree on a few main principles. We’re not doctors, scientists, or critics, but some of these claims make blk. water seems like more of a gimmick than anything else.
The consensus is that:
- Fulvic acid and humic acid are not required nutrients needed by the human body.
- Fulvic minerals do not enhance the nutritional benefits of water.
- Food transports nutrients to the body faster than any water can.
- A plant-based diet is a better way to get these nutrients into your body. The trace minerals found in blk. water can be obtained through a healthy diet.
- There is no proven benefit or harm to drinking water that is more alkalized.
So… is blk. water legit?
Is it legit? Does it do what it claims it can do?
We don’t know for sure. But we do know this:
Nothing in it appears to be harmful or unnatural. So if you can get past the look of it and want to try it for yourself, go for it. If you think it’s helping you hydrate better or providing benefits that your Fiji or Smartwater is not, then have at it. We won’t judge.
But, just for the record, we’re going to stick to water that’s clear.