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Help for Fibromyalgia: Magnesium and Malic Acid

Posted Oct 23 2010 5:41pm

Many people today experience the pain of fibromyalgia (FM), in which 80 percent of those are women.   FM is a chronic condition that affects the muscles, along with the soft tissues. Many of the symptoms of FM include extreme fatigue, pain in the muscles, restless sleep, anxiety and depression, as well as painful trigger points in many parts of the body.

What are the causes of fibromyalgia?

Many of the causes of FM, which in itself represents an energy crises, still remain unknown.   However, evidence points to two nutrients that can help fibromyalgia symptoms.   Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3: A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now, explains that people with fibromyalgia have a drop in Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. ATP is your body's energy currency.

These two very important nutrients— magnesium and malic acid —are extremely essential for proper energy production at the cellular level.

Magnesium controls over 300 body functions, and it promotes a restful sleep. A restful sleep is beneficial to FM sufferers.   Magnesium will also cause your muscles to relax, keep them from cramping up, which many people with FM have problems with. Also, magnesium is key in keeping your mitochondria working properly, which ensures that ATP production goes smoothly.

Malic acid is important as well.   It is found in some of your tart fruits such as apples. And it improves your muscle strength, plus it restores quick energy to your body.   It also reduces the heavy metal buildup in your body.   It is a metal chelator, whereby it helps remove toxic metal buildup in your body. Also consider the fact that malic acid is in many cosmetics.  Consider it's also called fruit acid, i.e., alpha-hydroxy organic acid, and this, in turn, helps keep your skin smooth and looking younger.

The form of Magnesium taken is extremely important

The magnesium that I take has 387.5 mg of malic acid and 125 mg of magnesium, but what makes it better than some forms of magnesium is that it has a time-release formula to it, so you don't get too much magnesium at once.   This stops you from getting the diarrhea effect that other forms of magnesium have. Besides, our body absorbs more of the magnesium with a sustained-release form.  So quality in this case is better than quanity because you are receiving more magnesium into your cells.

Dr. Teitelbaum recommends supplementing 200-400 mg magnesium and 1200-1800 mg malic acid, to keep the energy production system in good shape.
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