The Structural System
Lesson 14, Page 11 of 16

Of the forms of calcium mentioned, calcium carbonate is the least bioavailable (the least absorbable and usable by the body.)

Nutritional Support for the Muscles

Magnesium is an important mineral essential for many of the body's functions. Studies have shown that more than half of Americans do not get enough magnesium in their diets, due primarily to food processing and poor eating habits. Magnesium is essential for calcium absorption and utilization. It is also necessary for nerve and muscle function, including cardiac muscle. Research has show that low levels of magnesium are often associated with cardiovascular problems including arterial spasms and high blood pressure. Extra magnesium is often used as a natural muscle relaxer, helping reduce muscle tension and spasms.

Malic Acid, found in apples and certain other fruits and vegetables, and also produced in the body, is necessary, in combination with magnesium, for providing fuel for muscle energy. Research has shown that malic acid and magnesium supplementation can be remarkably helpful for painful, stiff, and sore muscles and for muscle fatigue, which results when the muscles are broken down in an attempt to create energy. Studies done with sufferers of fibromyalgia have shown that malic acid and magnesium supplementation, as found in the nutritional product Fibralgia, can be very beneficial for these individuals. (I have outlined a complete nutritional and lifestyle program for fibromyalgia which appears elsewhere, and which I recommend as Supplemental Reading.)

Which of the following nutrients is found in certain foods such as apples and may be helpful for muscle conditions such as fibromyalgia?

Ascorbic acid
Citric acid
Malic acid

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