Viridian Malic Acid 550mg 90 Capsules
What is Malic Acid?
Malic acid is found in various plant juices and is formed as an intermediate in the Krebs cycle, where it plays a role in the complex process of producing ATP - the energy currency, within the mitochondria. Malic acid is found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but the richest source is apples, which is why malic acid is sometimes referred to as “apple acid.”
What is Malic Acid used for?
Individuals with fibromyalgia are often lacking in the mineral magnesium. Taken in combination with malic acid, this mineral helps fight fatigue and relax muscles. (Malic acid also enhances magnesium absorption). When muscles are exercised to exhaustion, continually tense, or circulation is poor, a condition of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) develops. This inhibits the breakdown of glucose for energy, causing exhaustion and pain. Malic acid breaks this bottleneck.
ENERGY PRODUCTION (ATP)
Malic acid helps the body to make ATP more efficiently, even under low oxygen, or hypoxic, conditions. Malic Acid is present in all living cells and is essential for converting sugars and fats into ATP (the body's energy source). Malic acid supports the energy production necessary for healthy muscle function, and acts as a catalyst within the Krebs cycle via pyruvic acid metabolism.
Although malic acid acts as an acid in the stomach, it has an alkaline effect in the bloodstream. As the typical British diet, rich in meat, wheat and dairy tends to be acid-forming, the addition of malic acid can improve the blood pH balance thus limiting the negative effect of certain acids, i.e. lactic acid and uric acid. The alkaline/acid balance is important in many aspects of health. Acidity in the bloodstream is implicated in many inflammatory conditions in the body, including arthritis.
DETOXIFIER (heavy metals)
It has been found that patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases often demonstrate a higher concentration of aluminium in the brain. Malic acid is a powerful detoxifier of aluminium and may offer benefit in the chelation and removal of heavy metals.
500mg one to three times daily.
Up to 1200mg twice a day have shown significant reductions in the pain and tenderness of chronic Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Potential applications of Malic Acid
Malic Acid has traditionally been used for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), stress, tender points, pain, persistent fatigue, muscular pain, arthritic-like symptoms, and for performance and recovery from exercise. Studies have shown that malic acid, when given with magnesium, resulted in a 41% reduction in tender points after four weeks and 76% after eight weeks. In some cases, noticeable improvement was evident in as little as forty-eight hours.
Effective Mineral Chelation
The absorption of calcium is dependent first on its being ionised in the intestines. Calcium carbonate, the most widely used form of calcium used for supplementation, and other insoluble calcium salts to be absorbed, they must first be solubilised and ionised by stomach acid. Problems arise at this point for many individuals.
In studies with post-menopausal women, it has been shown that about 40 per cent are severely deficient in stomach acid. It has been shown that patients with insufficient stomach acid output can only absorb about 4 per cent of an oral dose of calcium as calcium carbonate, while a person with normal stomach acid can typically absorb about 22 per cent. Patients with low stomach acid need a form of calcium already in a soluble and ionised state.
To understand how malic acid enhances the absorption of minerals, you need first to understand the chelation process. To chelate, means to claw, it is how a mineral is bound to another element to transport it through into the bloodstream. Each chelation agent (or transporting agent) has a different absorbability.
Malic acid is a very effective chelation agent. Malic acid creates a reaction in the stomach to enhance absorption of minerals. The acid reacts with the mineral to break the bonds with its original inorganic chelation agent. This frees the mineral to bond with the malic acid to create a malate or allows the free mineral to chelate to other organic bonds available in the stomach, i.e. citric acid (citrate), proteins (amino acid chelate) and so on. These more effective chelation agents allow for better absorption.
As we have seen, calcium carbonate can have a 4-5% absorption rate, adding malic acid can increase the absorption to around 30-40%.
Directions: As a food supplement, take one to three capsules daily with food, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
One vegetarian capsule contains: