Recently, I noticed that my ever-present back pain has nearly disappeared. I have suffered from scoliosis pain for nearly 40 years and this felt so good. I did not take any pain medication. So what was it that brought about this incredible improvement.
The amazing miracle medicine was the tangy/sour – malic acid, one new addition to my diet – raw and semi-ripe mangoes. It is mango season where I live. This year I have serendipitously eaten a lot due to my food foraging activities.
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What is Malic Acid?
Malic acid naturally occurring organic compound in various fruits, particularly the ones with a tarty, tangy, sour taste. The common ones are apples, watermelons, cherries, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, etc. It was discovered in 1785 by a Swedish pharmacist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, from unripe apples. The word “malic” is derived from the Latin of apple, “malum,” which is why the acid is closely associated with raw apple cider vinegar.
It is also naturally present in a variety of vegetables like broccoli, beans, carrots, peas, potatoes, tomatoes and rhubarb.
Healing benefits of malic acid are numerous. Being acidic it acts as a cleansing agent. It plays an important role in protecting the kidneys, stomach, and liver. Also, it enhances energy levels and improves the performance of muscles protecting them from fatigue. Not surprisingly, it stimulates nerve functioning and improves mental clarity
1) Treats Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Gout
Malic acid has powerful pain relieving and healing properties. According to studies, malic acid can help treat the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Furthermore, it is especially effective when taken in combination with magnesium.
Malic acid improves overall muscle performance, and this can ease chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The acid also boosts energy levels and improves the condition.
Some sources suggest that malic acid can fight gout due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
2) Malic Acid Liver & Gall Bladder Detox
Malic acid acts as a good liver and gall bladder detox. It is an effective metal chelator, which means it is capable of binding to toxic metals that may have accumulated in the liver or other parts of the body, such as aluminum or lead, and inactivating them. Thus cleansing and ridding the body of all toxicity and restoring homeostasis.
Furthermore, it dissolves liver stones and gallstones. Ingestingmalic acid improves bile production and bile flow, which in turn lowers the amount of cholesterol and fat in the liver and elsewhere in the body. Improved bile production mans better elimination of fat and cholesterol this helps reverse fatty liver disease.
3) Benefits on The Mind & Pineal Gland
One of the other effects of eating sour foods is it triggers the muscles of the face, to involuntarily contract. Your eyes go squinty, your lips pucker and your entire face from the top of your head to your jaw contract. Moreover, the tingling continues much after you have stopped eating. It feels a kind of release. Eating sour foods has helped m release the armoring of my face which in turn has had a top-down effect on my scoliosis. It has definitely helped release the contractions held in my body.
Previous studies have suggested that eating sour foods causes the release of serotonin, a compound that can affect many basic bodily functions such as appetite, sleep, memory, mood, and sexual desire.
Malic acid helps decalcify the pineal gland which is the center of our spiritual awakening and psychic abilities. This makes us feel less bogged down by our current reality and enables us to focus on our higher purpose.
It is good for weight loss as it can aid fat break down in the body. It is good for skin, hair, and teeth.
Fruits Rich In Malic Acid
Advice & Caution
However, do avoid foods containing malic acid for a few days if you have diarrhea or an upset stomach because the acid may aggravate diarrhea. It is definite No for those suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, such as gastritis, acid reflux or interstitial cystitis.
And do watch your teeth, it is acidic. Though it may be from natural sources, acids can erode tooth enamel and increase the risk of cavities. You can limit dental damage by following a few steps After eating or drinking an acidic product, rinse your mouth with water or drink milk to neutralize the acid. And do not brush right after eating, acidic foodstuff. Wait at least an hour till the acid is gone because brushing the acid may increase enamel damage.
My Favorite Malic Recipies
I prefer eating these tangy fruits with homemade yogurt. You get you malic acid with magnesium combo. I especially love the pineapple-yogurt-cinnamon combo. Or watermelon with yogurt and pepper. My favorite though is mango-yogurt with unsweetened chocolate sprinkles.
Find your own combos, just takes a little imagination and creativity.
The best thing about malic acid is it is naturally occurring and found in many ordinary fruits and veggies. People can safely ingest it every day. So start having a generous helping of it daily and experience the miracle cure of this sour medicine. The effect is not instantaneous being natural it takes time for the effects to show in your body. Have faith and patience, your body will feel the results.
In case you are seriously ill, please consult your doctor. Also, don’t overdo the daily sour quota.
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