Malic acid has numerous benefits for digestion, detoxification and to support aerobic metabolic functions.
Malic acid is an acid derived from plant foods, especially apples. Malic acid's nutritional benefits are under-appreciated. The salt forms of malic acid known as malates are Kreb's cycle intermediates: they assist in the intracellular process of energy production.
In addition to this, malic acid can be used to improve stomach digestive functions by supplying enough hydrogen for stomach acidification.
1000-1,500 mg of malic acid can supply an ample amount of hydrogen necessary to trigger the release of pepsin. Low production of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) is a very common and potentially serious condition called hypochlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria can result in numerous health conditions and nutrient deficiencies. Several nutrient minerals are dependent upon adequate amounts of stomach acid for utilization including calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, chromium, copper, manganese and selenium.
Malic acid can be used as a viable substitute if a person's production of stomach acid is low.
In addition to these benefits, malic acid may also assist cellular detoxification of toxic metals, particularly aluminum and strontium.
In addition, 2,400 mg of malic acid daily has been shown to significantly reduce muscular pain of those who suffer from fibromyalgia.
If taking malic acid, you experience burning in your digestive system you should discontinue use. Burning after ingestion of an acid indicates pre-existing damage to some part of the GI mucosal barrier.
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