Understand Why You Hurt All Over - the Benefits of Malic Acid
Saturday, April 2nd 2005
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) appears to be triggered by a traumatic event such as an accident or an operation, changes in the weather, over exertion, cold, dampness, a drafty environment, stress, anxiety, depression and hormonal fluctuations.
In the past, FM a mysterious disease characterized by chronic pain and fatigue ranging from mild to severe and including symptoms which could change by the hour, has been poorly understood and commonly misdiagnosed. The condition mainly affects women aged 25 to 50 years (female to male ratio 5:1)
Although difficult to diagnose, its primary symptoms are generalized musculoskeletal pain in at least three specific sites persisting for at least three months and reproducible tenderness in at least six specific points throughout the body. Constant interruption of the deep delta sleep needed for the rest and restoration of the body is also a common symptom for FM sufferers. Also stiff and painful muscles when a person with FM is forced to remain immobile for any amount of time. FM is primarily characterized by musculoskeletal pain while chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by fatigue.
Magnesium supplementation also has shown beneficial impacts on fatigue and pain in FM sufferers. Absorption of magnesium is helped by malic acid.
Chronic fatigue syndrome has also been found to be associated with FM and malic acid may be of use as a general supplement aimed at maintaining an optimal level of energy production.
Of the variety of conventional treatments such as Amitryptyline and Ibuprofin that have been tested on FM patients, none have yielded satisfactory outcomes.
Individualised cardiovascular fitness training along with nutrition support can also improve many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Correct nutrition is also important. The avoidance of high fat foods, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol is important. Include plenty of fresh vegetables and whole grains. Relaxation, massage and rest can also help. Overall the clinical thrust is to restore key organ system function.
Most physicians start their patients on malic acid/magnesium hydroxide slowly, working up to between 6 and 12 capsules daily. Malic acid/magnesium hydroxide should be taken with food and water. Although a few people may experience slight gastrointestional problems, reducing the dosage can eliminated these problems. Finally, patients must use Malic Acid for a period to see whether they will benefit from its use.
Magnesium and malic acid help fight fatigue and relax muscles
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Medicine on the combined effects of magnesium and malic acid on FM patients showed encouraging results. All patients obtained significant relief of pain within 48 hours of treatment and within 4 to 8 weeks had a significant and measurable decrease in the Tender Point Index (located over muscles and tendonous insertions).
Contains Malic acid, Boswellia (a natural anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to reduce joint swelling, increase mobility and decrease morning stiffness, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 (an important co-factor in the production of several important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine) and Chromium and was formulated, researched and developed by Dr. Billie J Sahley Ph.D. at the Pain and Stress Center, San Antonio, Texas to address naturally the chronic inflammation and fatigue issues that many people find challenging.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Chronic inflammatory disorders:
Back Pain Control
Collagen Type 2 Joint Complex + Hyaluronic acid
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Fish Oil 1500 Odourless
Emu Spirit 100% Pure Emu oil
Magnesium Complex Plus
Reflux-free Salmon Oil
Flax Boost Capsules
Waihi Bush Organic Essential Blend Oil
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Neuromuscular system and nutritional support
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