What is Malic Acid?
L-malic acid is a dicarboxylic acid found in fruits and vegetables, especially apples. The name malic acid comes from the Latin word for apple, mālum. Many fruits owe their tart and sour flavors to malic acid. The salts and esters of malic acid are known as malate. Many supplements bond to malate to improve their bioavailability, such as citrulline malate and magnesium malate. Malate is also part of the citric acid cycle (CAC), sometimes referred to as the Krebs cycle or the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA).
The CAC is the primary pathway that delivers energy to all areas of the body. The CAC uses malate to produce NADPH, which then converts to NADH. NADH is essential for producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), also known as the energy currency for cells. ATP provides the necessary energy for various chemical reactions and biochemical processes that occur throughout the body.
PureBulk's L-Malic Acid is not a plant extract but is the natural form of Malic Acid derived synthetically.
Potential Malic Acid Benefits
Potential Malic Acid Benefits for Exercise Performance
Malic acid may improve exercise performance by boosting energy and decreasing muscle fatigue. Malic acid also enhances the absorption of other sports performance enhancers like creatine and citrulline. One study found that a creatine-malate combination improved several aspects of athletes’ running performance, including peak power, distance traveled, hormone levels, and total work. Bonding malic acid with citrulline produces citrulline malate. The malic acid enhances citrulline’s innate ability to improve nitric oxide levels, remove muscle waste, increase energy, and reduce muscle soreness.
Potential Malic Acid Benefits for Dry Mouth
Malic acid may improve dry mouth, dry mouth caused by medication in particular. It helps produce more saliva due to its sour flavor. One six-week study examined the effects of a malic acid spray solution on dry mouth compared to a placebo. The malic acid group had noticeably improved dry mouth symptoms and better saliva flow than the placebo group. Another two-week trial produced similar results.
Potential Malic Acid Side Effects
Most individuals tolerate malic acid well, given that it’s a common compound in many fruits and vegetables. Malic acid may cause mild side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. Individuals taking medications to lower their blood pressure should consult with a physician before taking malic acid supplements, as they may lower blood pressure.
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