Vital Precautionary Measures

For those of you who are wondering, what is malic acid, let’s clear that doubt first. Malic acid is chemically a organic compound which has a formula of HO2CCH2CHOHCO2H. Being the main ingredient in apples, malic acid was first isolated from apple juice in 1785, and then further research about its importance in biochemistry was carried out. The IUPAC name of malic acid is ‘2-hydroxybutanedioic acid’, and it also has many other conformations like the L-Malic acid, D-Malic acid, etc. Malic acid is found in many sour fruits like green apples, grapes, and in wine, however, the amount of malic acid reduces, when these fruits ripen. There are a number of malic acid benefits.

What is Malic Acid Good For

➺ It plays an important role in the production of energy.

➺ It reduces toxic effects of certain metals.

➺ It helps alleviate pain.

➺ It protects muscles from exhaustion.

➺ When present in skin care products, it exhibits exfoliating properties. It can penetrate deep into the skin, and can improve the smoothness of your skin. It helps reduce pigmentation and offers you glowing, smooth skin.

➺ It helps relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia (pain in muscle, ligaments, and tendons, leading to muscle exhaustion, lack of energy), when consumed in combination with magnesium. It also helps reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

➺ It exhibits antiseptic properties, and helps keep the mouth cavity free of germs. It stimulates saliva production, which in turn helps kill bacteria in the mouth.

But malic acid also has some negative effects, if consumed in excess, like any other compound.

Side Effects

Malic acid is used as a dietary supplement. It is a chemical component of a number of medicines, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and cosmetics. Usually, excessive consumption of supplements and medicines leads to malic acid side effects. It is a common component of facial creams and peels that help balance a skin tone and even the pH of the skin. Those who have malic acid allergy may suffer from a mild or severe allergic reaction after using these cosmetics, supplements, or medicines. The acid is also present in various popular food products like potato chips and candies. So one should read the labels carefully.

✦ Common Side Effects
As malic acid is used as a medication to clean and prepare the surface of teeth before any dental treatment, it has to be used in proportion and limit. Likewise it is also used in facial therapies, and to treat muscle and bone pain. It should be used in advised amounts.