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Using malic acid with magnesium to treat fibromyalgia

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Can a pill that combines malic acid with magnesium be used to treat fibromyalgia? Researchers believe that it can offer some relief by reducing pain and fatigue. It has been suggested that a magnesium deficiency may be the cause of several autoimmune diseases and other conditions.


A study from researchers in Korea found that women who suffered from fibromyalgia were also deficient in magnesium. A hair mineral analysis also revealed deficiencies in calcium, iron and manganese. The researchers found that the levels of the minerals were significantly lower in fibromyalgia patients. These deficiencies have been linked to muscle spasms, cramps, weakness, insomnia, fatigue and other issues.

A study from researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that patients benefited from Super Malic, a tablet that combined magnesium with malic acid, because it reduced their pain and tenderness. This was a double blind and placebo controlled study. Study participants received tablets that had 200 mg of malic acid and 50 mg of magnesium. Researchers noted that higher doses of Super Malic taken for longer periods of time were more effective. They suggest future studies should have participants take six tablets twice a day for two months minimum.

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Malic acid is found in fruits and is often used as a preservative or food additive. It is involved in ATP formation, and it is essential to have normal levels of ATP in the muscles for proper function. Unfortunately, people suffering from fibromyalgia often have low levels of ATP, so researchers believe taking malic acid can help boost these levels.

Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for the human body, and it is found in dark chocolate, dark leafy greens, quinoa, nuts, seeds, fish, whole grains, beans, yogurt, avocados, bananas, dried fruit and other sources. Low levels of magnesium in the body can lead to muscle spasms, headaches, insomnia, irritability, cramps, confusion, fatigue, anxiety, weakness and other issues. Unfortunately, people suffering from fibromyalgia often have low levels of magnesium, so researchers believe supplements can help.

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