Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue has been poorly understood, poorly diagnosed, and poorly treated because of the lack of understanding. I am going to approach this health issue from a different perspective. Something is inflaming and causing pain throughout the body. Let’s take a serious look at what is going on, breaking it down, step by step.
Let’s look at the lack of energy aspect for a moment. In the science world, the body’s energy is called ATP. This little ATP energy packet is produced in every cell of the body. To be specific it is produced in the mitochondria portion of the cell. The mitochondrial has been called the manufacture plant of the human cells. The assembly plant within this manufacture plant is called the Krebs Cycle. Science research has noted that there is a breakdown in the Krebs Cycle which stops the production of ATP, your energy. At a certain point in the Krebs Cycle, the researchers have found where this breakdown occurs. It is where the malic acid is introduced into the mix to create the ATP energy packet.
Recently, Malic Acid as a nutritional supplement has been used to stimulate the Kreb cycle production of ATP successfully. That is good news for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgic patients. For the chronic fatigue aspect of fibromyalgia patients, this deficiency has been traced back to the incomplete production and activity in the Krebs cycle. The key to the pain aspect is the inability of pyruvic acid to enter into the cycle for energy production and is left in the cells to create that burning sensation. And you wondered why you hurt all over. By shutting down the second half of the Krebs cycle, a buildup of lactic acid occurs. Lactic acid also creates a burning sensation which any athlete can attest to after a work out. It will continue to burn until the body removes it from the cell. With acidification of the tissues comes a localized decrease in oxygenation of the tissues and subsequent symptoms that Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia patients are familiar with.
Malic acid has been reported to also be beneficial in supporting stress, tender points, pain, persistent fatigue, muscular pain, arthritic-like symptoms without any evidence like on x-ray, and healthy people who are recovering from exercise programs. Now to get into more details on how this all works to produce that much needed ATP in the body. Glucose provides fuel for the body. The two ways that the body produces ATP energy.
First and fastest, is a process called glycolysis. This is the breakdown of glucose to pyruvic acid and also lactic acid. Pyruvic acid is normally converted to energy in the presence of oxygen, carbon dioxide and water. Then there is the way through the Krebs cycle, the site of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. Here are the places where the optimal function can not be achieved.
First the whole process is dependent on the amount of glucose available. Fructose that is manufactured from corn to high fructose that is often found in manufactured products can not be properly metabolized and is sent to the fat cells to be stored. And you wondered why you keep getting fatter and fatter. THe kind of glucose you want comes from regular unprocessed goods, whether they be fruit or vegetables. The body can utilize these quickly and easily into the digestive system, through the blood stream and into the cells where the mitochondria will convert it to the kind of energy the body can use.
Another factor is the amount of oxygen that gets to the muscles and cells. So breathe deeply, filling your lungs with good clean fresh air, and the way to do that is to learn to breathe properly. Most people are shallow breathers without really knowing it. Unless you have been professionally taught how to breathe in singing classes, chances are you are not using all of your lungs to their full potential. Take this little test. Use your stomach muscle to pull air down into the bottom of your lungs, then use those same stomach muscle to push all the stale air out of your lungs. If you would do this exercise even two to three times, minimum, twice a day, do it first thing in the morning and just before going to bed and you will benefit. It is even better if you go outside and take in some fresh air when you do this. Your body will gain even more benefit from the fresh air. Of course, if you train yourself to breath like this normally, the more oxygen into the system the healthier you will be.
Next is the delivery of oxygen to the muscle. Best way to get oxygen to the muscle is to do the proper breathing while you are walking. This greatly increases the chances of getting the rich oxygenated blood to the cells. It is good to have the blood pumping through the body bringing the rich oxygenated blood to the cells, and removing the toxic wastes from the cells.
Then we get into the rate of enzyme function ability of the mitochondria in the cells to process. Because of the junk food that we consume has gotten into the Kreb Cycle and clogged up the site for Malic Acid production, supplementing with Malic Acid aids in completing the ATP production where the production breakdown is.
Back to the first way which I mentioned earlier on the two ways energy is made. Because energy can be produced quickly by the glycolytic pathway, it is usually the first chosen. But with the accumulation of lactic acid in tissues and the depletion of glycogen stores because of poor eating habits it runs poor second in the production of ATP.
Quick summary review, it has been found that Malic Acid acts as a catalyst to the Krebs cycle to produce energy from the burning of pyruvic acid, without the associated buildup of lactic acid. That is good news, because that means you hurt less. No acid in the cells to create that painful burning sensation. In research studies, it has been shown that Malic Acid, when given with magnesium, resulted in a reduction in tender points of 41 percent after four weeks and 76.5 percent after eight weeks. The good news is that in some cases, as little as 48 hours was needed for noticeable improvement. That is why I recommending Malic Acid with Magnesium for Chronic Fatigue and / or Fibromyalgia.