Benefits of Magnesium Malate Supplements

by Caroline Thompson

About Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson is a professional photojournalist who has been working for print and online publications since 1999. Her work has appeared in the "Sacramento Bee," "People Magazine," "Newsweek" and other publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism from California State University at Hayward and a personal trainer certification from the university's Health and Fitness Institute.

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Overview

Magnesium malate is a combination of malic acid and magnesium. Malic acid is an organic compound mostly found in fruits. The salts of malic acid are known as malates. Malic acid is an intermediate compound that is necessary to generate cellular energy. Magnesium is the mineral responsible for more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. Half of the magnesium present in the body is in your bones. Magnesium malate is beneficial for a variety metabolic, muscular and physical conditions.

Constipation Treatment

Magnesium malate helps loosen stools and is used as a laxative to treat constipation. It is also used as a cleansing agent before a colonoscopy or bowel surgery. Magnesium has a natural laxative effect and malic acid has a natural stood softening effect. The two ingredients combined enhance the effects.

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Magnesium combined with malate is used to help reduce symptoms and pain of fibromyalgia patients. A placebo controlled study by Guy E. Abraham M.D., F.A.C.N., and Jorge D. Flechas, M.D., M.P.H., published in the 1992 issue of the "Journal of Nutritional Medicine" treated 15 fibromyalgia patients between the ages of 32 to 60 suffering from musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and chronic aching with magnesium malate supplements. The total daily dosage was 300 to 600 mg of magnesium and 1,200 to 2,400 mg of malic acid. After eight weeks of treatment, all patients reported significant improvements in pain. Patients switched to placebo tablets reported a recurrence of myalgia after 48 hours.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Relief

Magnesium malate supplementation is effective for chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS. A randomized double blind study by I.M. Cox, et al., published in the March 1991 issue of "Lancet" treated 32 CFS patients with magnesium sulphate or placebo in a six-week study. Seventeen CFS patients treated with magnesium said they benefited from the treatment; in contrast, three of the 17 CFS patients on placebo said they felt better. Malic acid, often combined with magnesium, increases energy production, aids in energy recovery and helps reduce symptoms of persistent fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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