MALIC ACID

– Helps to dissolve gall or liver stones (90% cholesterol).

– Beneficial and safe in treating fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

– Helps to detoxify Liver.

– Lowers bad cholesterol.

– Improves muscle performance and reduces muscle fatigue after exercise.

– Stimulates metabolism (fat burning) and increases energy production.

Malic acid is an organic compound found in vegetables and especially fruits with apples regarded as the most common high source.

It is often used as a preservative or food additive. In our body malic acid is produced when carbohydrates are converted into energy in our cells.

Malic acid is commonly used to dissolve gall or liver stones and it is also very beneficial for maintaining a healthy liver.

Being an effective metal chelator capable of binding to toxic metals such as lead that accumulate in human body (including liver), malic acid is very effective in detoxifying the body and liver.

The same malic acid (which is especially high in tart cherries, cranberries or apples), softens and slowly dissolves gallstones or liverstones which consists of 80-90% cholesterol. By doing this malic acid also helps to lower the amount of cholesterol and fat in the body and liver (helps in condition called fatty liver).

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Taking malic acid supplements is believed to be beneficial for suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. In one study scientists tested the efficacy of 1,200mg of malic acid plus 300mg of magnesium a day on fibromyalgia patients. As a result, all of the women treated with malic acid and magnesium experienced reduced muscle stiffness, less pain, and improved mental attitude. At the same time the treatment didn’t cause any side effects.

It is also beneficial in boosting immunity, maintaining oral health, reducing pain and promoting smoother and firmer skin. When applied directly, Malic acid softens the skin,  slows down aging process and helps to remove wrinkles. Like vitamin C it can also promote the production of collagen and is beneficial in eliminating signs of acne.

Malic acid is also able to stimulate metabolism (fat burning) and increase energy production.

Malic acid plays very important role in improving muscle performance, reducing muscle fatigue after exercise. It reduces tiredness and poor energy levels, as well as improving mental clarity. Because of these abilities MA is beneficial in treating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Dr Jay Goldstein, Director of the CFS Institute in the US said that, “Malic acid is safe, inexpensive and it should be considered a valid therapeutic approach for patients with Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)”.

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In addition to increasing energy levels, malic acid is also an effective metal chelator. This means it is able to bind to potentially toxic metals that may have accumulated in the body, such as aluminium or lead, and inactivate them. Heavy metal has been linked to serious problems like liver problems or Alzheimer’s disease.

Malic acid also helps maintain oral hygiene. It stimulates the production of saliva, which reduces the number of harmful bacteria circulating in your mouth, teeth and gums. It acts as an antiseptic too, which also helps to ensure that germs in the mouth are kept to a minimum and considerably reduces the risk of infection. This explains why malic acid is commonly used as an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpastes.

To add to the list of benefits, malic acid also helps to maintain good, healthy skin. It is classified as an ‘alpha hydroxy acid’ – a chemical term used to describe fruit acids that are used in many cosmetics because of their ability to help exfoliate the skin and act as mild chemical face peels. This helps your skin to look healthier, younger and firmer. For a natural face peel you can apply thin slices of apple (which is a rich natural source) directly onto your skin for 20 minutes and then wash off with rose water.

The recommended dosage for MA is 600mg one to three times a day before meals. There are no known contraindications or toxicity.

Taking MA with good magnesium such as citrate have an improved effect on muscle fatigue. The recommended dosage for magnesium is 200mg to 400mg twice a day with water between meals.

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