You may not know what malic acid is, which is okay because many people don’t. I am here to let you know it is a great supplement for those of us with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many people in the medical industry believe that malic acid can have benefits when you use it in connection with Fibromyalgia, though conclusive results from studies have been mixed as to the benefits. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from taking malic acid supplements. Patients have felt improvements, although medical practitioners haven’t been able to scientifically measure their results.
“Improvement in pain has been observed within 48 hours of supplementation with 1,200-2,400 milligrams of malic acid, and this improvement was lost following the discontinuation of malic acid for 48 hours.”
Malic acid is an organic acid that helps the process of deriving ATP, (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the energy currency that runs the body from food. It is a molecule found in the cells of living organisms and its importance lies in the transportation of the energy necessary for all cellular metabolic activities. Therefore, malic acid helps in the production of energy. Malic acid can also be called fruit acid because it is found in apples and other fruits. It is also found in some plants and animals, including humans. Some people also refer to malic acid as apple acid. The acid is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is then transported to the liver.
“Muscle biopsies from affected areas showed muscle tissue breakdown and mitochondrial damage. Additionally, low levels of the high energy phosphates ATP, ADP, and phosphocreatine were found. It has been hypothesized that in hypoxic muscle tissues glycolysis is inhibited, reducing ATP synthesis. This stimulates the process of gluconeogenesis, which results in the breakdown of muscle proteins to amino acids that can be utilized as substrates for ATP synthesis. This muscle tissue breakdown, which has been observed in muscle biopsies taken from FM patients, is hypothesized to result in the muscle pain characteristic of FM.”
Malic acid is derived both from food sources and synthesized in the body through the citric acid cycle. As I have stated before, malic acid is important for the production of energy in the body. Other benefits from the supplement include helping respiratory problems and chronic fatigue. Note that the intake of malic acid may trigger certain side effects such as headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and allergic reactions.
We already know that malic acid is a good way to boost your energy. It is the main acid in many fruits, including apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, and plums. Malic acid is also present in lower concentrations in other fruits, such as citrus. It contributes to the sourness of unripe apples. If you find you are always tired and can’t get enough natural sources of malic acid in your diet, try out malic acid supplements and see if they will help you. They can give you the boost you need to get through the day.
My personal experience with malic acid has been positive. I did not notice any difference in pain levels when taking the recommended 1600 mg for Fibromyalgia patients. I did notice a lessening of aches and pains when taking 2400 mg and even more so at 3200 mg. I have used Nature's Life Malic Acid 800 mg. Malic acid has many benefits among being a chelating agent for heavy metal detoxification. If your Fibro’s root cause is heavy metals. This is something you should probably explore more.