There has been some evidence to suggest that a deficiency in magnesium may contribute to causing a number of autoimmune diseases and other conditions. Researchers are now investigating the possibility of whether fibromyalgia may be treated with a pill that combines malic acid with magnesium.
Why is magnesium so important to the way that our body functions?
Magnesium is a significant mineral when it comes to nearly every function and tissue in our bodies. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, magnesium is a:
“cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body…”
These systems include:
- Protein synthesis
- Muscle and nerve function
- Blood glucose control
- Blood pressure regulation
Magnesium is also important for energy production; contributes to the structural development of our bones; supports a healthy immune system and boosts heart health, amongst is numerous other roles. You can find out more about it here.
Which foods are high in magnesium?
Three foods that contain high levels of magnesium are:
- Leafy greens
Including: spinach, kale and swiss chard;
- Nuts and seeds
Including: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, brazil nuts, flaxseed and pecans;
Including: halibut, tuna, wild salmon and mackerel
What effects can a reduced level of magnesium have on fibromyalgia sufferers?An article published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science (Oct 2011) describes how, through hair mineral analysis, researchers discovered that:
“the concentrations of calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese in the hair of female patients with fibromyalgia are lower than of controls, even after adjustment of potential confounders.”
The team involved concluded that further research should be undertaken to assess whether supplementing the mineral could impact the progress of fibromyalgia.
Why is malic acid so important to the way that our body functions?
- Supports energy production;
- Increases muscle performance;
- Reduces fatigue after exercise;
- Helps boost energy levels.
In addition, malic acid plays an essential role in the Krebs cycle:
“A process that turns carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy and water in your body. If there isn’t an adequate supply of malic acid in the body, the Krebs cycle can’t function properly, leading to fatigue.”
Which foods contain malic acid?
Fruits and vegetables can be a rich source of malic acid and it is most commonly associated with apples.
Here are some of the other recommended fruits and veggies that you might want to put on your shopping list:
The possible benefits of malic acid on fibromyalgia sufferers:
If you have fibromyalgia, your body may find it difficult to make and use malic acid. With this in mind, in 1995, a study was undertaken the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, to test the:
“efficacy and safety of Super Malic, a proprietary tablet containing malic acid (200 mg) and magnesium (50 mg), in treatment of primary fibromyalgia syndrome”.
The concluding data revealed that super malic was a safe treatment and may have beneficial qualities to patients with fibromyalgia.
According to the Fibro Care Center:
“the ability of malic acid to overcome the block in energy production that this causes, should provide hope for those afflicted with FM.”
In addition, magnesium is reported to not only help with muscle spasm, but may also help patients to get a better quality of sleep.
Remember: Before rushing out to buy either magnesium or malic acid supplements (or a combination of both): it is very important to first consult your GP, who will be able to advise you whether this could be a helpful option to you and, if so, can recommend the correct dosage.
Have you tried taking malic acid or magnesium for fibro pain? Did you notice any benefits? We’d love to hear your feedback.
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