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An organic compound and a dicarboxylic acid that is made by all living organisms. It contributes to the pleasantly sour taste of fruits and is used as a food additive. Malic acid has two stereoisomeric forms (L- and D-enantiomers), though only the L-isomer exists naturally.
Primarily used for treating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, it is also known to boost oral health and cleanse the liver. It can also boost energy.
Studies have revealed that it can help treat the pain associated with fibromyalgia. And it is especially effective when taken in combination with magnesium an also increases tolerance to exercise, which otherwise gets difficult for people suffering from the condition. Research is now being undertaken to see if low magnesium levels can contribute to fibromyalgia.
It can improve xerostomia or dry mouth by stimulating the production of saliva. The production of saliva also reduces the harmful bacteria in the mouth. Malic acid is an indirect oral detox. This is one reason it is used in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
It is also an effective metal chelator, which means it can bind to the toxic metals accumulated in the liver and deactivate them. It is also known for crumbling gallstones, enabling them to pass smoothly.
Thusly, the gallbladder increases bile production and flow. This lowers the amount of cholesterol and fat in the liver and helps reverse fatty liver disease.
Though there is less research on this, some suggest that it can fight gout due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Taking malic acid seems to aid fat breakdown by the muscles.
It can brighten the skin and smooth its texture. This is one reason it is used as a common ingredient in anti-aging creams. It also acts as a humectant, meaning it retains moisture and keeps your skin hydrated. It is also known to balance the pH of the skin.