Malates, known commonly as Malic Acid
Proven successful in fighting chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Malates are naturally occuring substances found in fruit and vegetables – one of the richest sources being apples. It derived from the Latin word for “apple” – “mālum”.
Malic acid contributes to the sourness of green apples and is present in grapes. It confers a tart taste to wine. The amount decreases with increasing fruit ripeness.
The process of malolactic fermentation converts malic acid to the much milder lactic acid.
Where To Buy Malic Acid
Malic acid can be bought many places. Health supplement stores usually have it. Make sure you get pure malic acid. Often malic acid is just an ingredient in another supplement. If you do not buy pure malic acid you will not be sure how much you are taking.
Some wine and bear making stores also sell malic acid.
There is a link at the top of this page to buy malic acid on the internet.
The salts and esters of malic acid are known as malates. Malic acids are naturally present in our cells and large amounts are generated and used up on a daily basis.
Malates Possess Many Health-Related Benefits
- Boosting immunity to ward off illness and disease
- Maintaining oral health (mouth, teeth and gums)
- Reducing poisoning from a build-up of toxins
- Promoting smoother skin
- Reducing signs of aging with firmer skin
Malates and The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Connection
Malates stimulate metabolism and increase energy production. This action is linked to the Citric Acid Cycle taking place within our cells to transform proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into water and energy. This process requires a constant supply of vitamins, enzymes, and chemical agents (ie. malates), to keep you functioning properly 24-hrs a day.
The Citric Acid Cycle (also known as the Krebs Cycle) is vital to our existence and, without it, energy production would literally grind to a halt. Therefore it is essential that you have adequate supplies of malates to promote the efficient functioning of this energy-creating cycle.
Malates play a vital role in reducing tiredness and poor energy levels, improving overall muscle performance, reversing muscle fatigue following exercise, and improving mental clarity.
Malates are a beneficial treatment for sufferers of fibromyalgia and CFS (due to muscle pain, joint tenderness, and low energy levels).
Researchers Prove Treatment with Malates for CFS and Fibromyalgia
According to Dr Jay Goldstein, Director of the CFS Institute: ‘Malates are safe, inexpensive and should be considered a valid therapeutic approach for patients with CFS’.
A six-month study was conducted by scientists working at the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Centre, to examine the efficacy of 1,200mg of malates plus 300mg of magnesium/day on 24 fibromyalgia sufferers. Half of the patients were given the active treatment, while the other half only received placebo.
At the end of the study, ALL patients treated with malates and magnesium experienced significant improvements in their symptoms – including less pain, reduced muscle stiffness and a more positive mental outlook – without any side effects.
Dr Russell, who led the team of scientists, concluded:
‘The data suggest that malates and magnesium are safe and may be beneficial in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia. Future studies should use malates at this dose and continue the therapy for at least two months’.
Malates: A Diverse Range of Benefits
Do you have muscle and bone pain in your whole body? Does it hurt more on your right side? Many doctors believe it is related to the production of bile in your body. Malic acid helps regulate bile production. Malic acid can really help lessen the pain you have from fibromyalgia.
As a Chelator:
In addition to increasing energy levels, malates also are effective metal chelators. This means they are able to bind to potentially toxic metals that have accumulated, especially aluminium, and inactivate them.
The risk of toxicity is considerably reduced. Heavy metal overload has been linked to serious problems like liver disease and brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
For Oral Health:
Malates also help maintain oral hygiene by stimulating saliva which reduces the harmful bacteria circulating in mouth, teeth and gums. Malates act as an antiseptic too, minimizing germs and reducing the risk of infection.
Malates are used as ingredients in mouthwashes and toothpastes.
Maintaining Youthful Skin:
Malates help to maintain good, healthy skin. It is classified as an ‘alpha hydroxy acid’ – term used to describe fruit acids in cosmetics used to exfoliate skin and act as a mild chemical face peel. This helps skin look healthier, younger and firmer.
Malates: What to Take for Best Results
Dosage for malates is 600mg taken 1-3 times per day – before food.
There are no known contraindications (interactions with other supplements or prescriptions) linked to malates or malic acid.
There is no known toxity level for malic acid. It will not hurt you. It will only help you.
Malates or Malic acid in powder form, are perfect for adding to your morning health drinks and smoothies.
Each Packet contains 100 grams of pure malates.
This equals 100,000mg. Using the recommended dosage of 600mg/day, this package will last one person over 5 months.
(NOTE: Malates, Malic Acid, actually tastes good when mixed with water, a bit bittersweet like the Sweet Tart Candies we enjoyed as kids)