Malic acid — a component of almost all fruits — is commonly used as a food additive and preservative, but has several potential benefits. Many take malic acid supplements to treat maladies and enhance their overall health.
According to Livestrong, malic acid supplements are beneficial
for conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It can also help with oral hygiene.
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Here are five unexpected benefits malic acid delivers to the body:
1. Pain reduction:
One of the most commonly touted benefits of malic acid is its ability to help reduce pain. According to Acidpedia, although malic acid
takes several days of consistent consumption for the supplement to take full effect, it can start to reduce pain as quickly as 48 hours after the first supplement.
2. Boosting energy:
According to Livestrong, malic acid helps boost energy levels and is an essential component in the Krebs cycle, a process that turns carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy and water in the body. If there isn't an adequate supply of malic acid in the body, the Krebs cycle can't function properly, leading to fatigue. Malic acid is typically used to improve sports performance when taken in supplement form.
3. Skin care:
When applied to the skin, malic acid is used to remove dead skin cells, reduce signs of aging — including wrinkles — aid in the treatment of acne and promote the production of collagen, a type of protein that serves as a major component of the skin.
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According to Acidpedia, malic acid is a common additive to skin care products and has long been used in such products for its exfoliating properties. Folic acid is able to penetrate the skin more deeply than other products, due to its chemical composition, and consequently can greatly help in improving skin smoothness, pigmentation and complexion. Folic acid's superior ability to penetrate the skin makes it an ideal moisturizer for people who have very sensitive skin that typical moisturizers can't help.
4. It tastes good:
Malic acid is used as a flavor enhancer for many drinks and candies and is especially common in diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks, according to Acidpedia. Because of its highly versatile nature, especially in masking unnatural flavors, malic acid has become an important part of nearly any food product that contains alternative sweeteners.
5. It helps produce saliva:
Malic acid is an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpastes because it stimulates saliva production and reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth, according to Livestrong.
This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.
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