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What Are the Benefits of Magnesium Malate?

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author image Michael Hutchins
Based out of Houston, Texas, Michael Hutchins is a personal trainer who has been writing health and fitness-related articles since 1995. His articles have been featured in "Houston Health & Fitness Magazine." Hutchins has a Bachelor of Arts in speech arts from Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
What Are the Benefits of Magnesium Malate?
Apples are a rich source of magnesium malate. Photo Credit seven apples image by Alexey Khromushin from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Magnesium malate is a combination of the mineral magnesium and malic acid. Malic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps in the production of energy during both aerobic and anaerobic activities. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the body, and is essential for the health of the heart, bones and kidneys. Together, magnesium and malic acid provide many health-related benefits. Consult your health care provider before taking magnesium malate.

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia is a chronic neurological condition that causes excessive fatigue, deep muscular pain, anxiety and depression. According to The National Fibromyalgia Association, malic acid from apples may be prescribed for fibromyalgia patients to increase energy levels. Very early clinical evidence seems to indicate that fibromyalgia patients may have difficulty creating malic acid. According to The University Of Maryland Medical Center, a study of 24 people with fibromyalgia suggests that magnesium malate may relieve the pain and tenderness associated with the condition. However, magnesium malate must be taken for at least two months. UMMC notes that conflicting studies have shown that magnesium malate provided no relief at all, and more research needs to be done. Chronic fatigue syndrome causes symptoms similar to fibromyalgia, and magnesium malate has been used successfully to treat those symptoms as well. Dr.Jay Goldstein, U.S. director of the CFS Institute, has endorsed the use of malic acid as a "valid therapeutic approach" for patients with CFS.

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Toxic Metals

Magnesium malate has the ability to chelate metals, and most importantly, toxic metals. Aluminum, for example, is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust. However, high concentrations of aluminum can cause damage to the central nervous system, loss of memory and dementia. Excessive exposure to lead can create severe impairment of neurological functions, and is referred to as lead poisoning. Magnesium malate can bind to these metals and render them ineffective.

Miscellaneous

Magnesium malate is considered an alpha hydroxy acid, and among the fruit-derived acids that are good for the skin. Fruit acids are typically used in cosmetics because they help exfoliate the skin. They act as a mild face peel, and by doing so, give skin a youthful looking appearance. Magnesium malate also promotes the production of saliva, which helps control oral bacteria. Because of its antiseptic properties, magnesium malate is used in toothpaste and mouthwash.

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