In a continuing effort to live well with Fibromyalgia I am going to be researching and trying new and different things to help maintain my health. I will report on my research and my own personal experiences, but I am not a doctor and therefore will not be telling anyone to try what I do. If you think you may benefit from my experiences, please check with your doctor to see if it is right for you.
I have read repeatedly that Magnesium Malate may significantly reduce pain in people with Fibromyalgia by increasing muscle efficiency. But for me to try something new, it is not enough to read that it helps. I need to understand why it helps, so I did more research on the topic (what did we do before the internet?) and here is some of what I learned.
The following quote is from Fibromyalgia: A Journey Toward Healing by Chanchal Cabrera. She is a medical herbalist and clinical aromatherapist who has taken a holistic approach to understanding and treating Fibromyalgia.
Malic acid plays an essential role in the metabolism of glucose and the production of energy through the Krebs cycle. It tends to spare oxygen and provide greater stamina and endurance in muscle cells. It is found in abundance in apples and may contribute to the traditional use of apple cider vinegar as a treatment for rheumatism. Research from the Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio demonstrated significant benefit from the use of magnesium malate in FMS. Malic acid also helps to remove aluminum, which may contribute to significant cellular disruption, from the tissues. Doses up to 1,500 mg/day are normal. It is often taken in the form of magnesium malate and this is particularly helpful in FMS.
This seems logical to me. If there is truth to the theory of researchers who believe that there is a malfunction in the body’s ability to manufacture energy for people with FM, then it makes sense to take a supplement like Magnesium Malate which can help increase muscle endurance.
The fatigue I feel sometimes is simply irrational. I wake up tired. I have a nice relaxing day and I am tired. Could it be that my muscles are not getting the oxygen they need to produce energy? Could it be that my muscles burn energy faster than they can produce it? Could it be that I am magnesium and/or malic acid deficient? These are all theories from researchers, and if magnesium and malic acid have been proven to be important substances in the manufacture of energy – well then sign me up.
I don’t know if it will work for me. The brand I bought is 1000 mg per pill and it suggests taking between 1-3 each day. I think I will start slow and just take one a day. One of the reasons I am looking to more holistic methods of treating my FM is that I do not tolerate medication well. But my body needs these supplements so in a way it is like taking my multi-vitamin. At least that is how I am going to approach it.
I will be sure to update what if any changes I feel taking it. And I would be really interested in hearing from anyone else who has taken it and what your results were. Post something in the comments so we can get a dialog going.